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Friday, April 08, 2011
Several years ago I purchased a book entitled: "Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Outlawed" and I loved it. All about how shades of brown worked in every situation.

Of course, I was broken-hearted when I saw an NCIS episode a year or so ago with Ziva David singing in a Middle-Eastern nightclub with a backless blue dress and blue eyeshadow.

Since I read the book, I have never worn blue eyeshadow. Or green. Or even purple. All I've worn has been brown that shaded well with my skin and darkened my eyes naturally. My favorite makeup is titanium powder that is brushed on. It's perfect for me because it's simple and fast, and I don't take a lot of time to put on makeup these days.

I think the name of the makeup is Bare Essentials. Maybe that isn't the proper spelling, but it's what I look for in those infrequent times when I do go shopping for makeup. I use the fair Bare Essentials facial powder and then I put on Burt's Bees lip color, preferably fig, and then swipe a little of that over my cheeks. Yes, I know, I'm cheap and simple. Works for me.

I also use Oil of Olay nightcream on my neck. Have you noticed as you get older that your neck betrays you? I try to calm that betrayal with moisture. Especially in the daytime. And at my hair stylist's the other day I noticed that the older women had highlighted hair because, as we age, our hair naturally lightens (It's called GRAY) to ease the harshness of darker colors against our skin. Works for me. I'm going blonder each time I visit my stylist's chair. But of course, in deference to Colleen's insistence that I stick to my winter colors, I have my color specialist do the lightest of blonds. It think we'd call it platinum. Works for me!

What is you hangup about makeup? Do you prefer a certain color for your eyes and hair? What are your secrets for staying young? If I don't retain my young looks, it's fine with me. We all grow old. It's a sign of the times. But if I can, I prefer to look my best, at least when my husband is on his way home at night.

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Hannah Alexander  
posted at 12:36 AM  
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At 6:43 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I also use Bare Essentials...LOVE IT!! I don't spend more than 20 minutes in the bathroom, including shower, hair, makeup, etc. That makeup is quick and easy to apply and is so gentle on my sensitive skin, too. My eye shadow is Warmth, part of the BE line as a blusher/contour powder, and my lipstick is from Clinique--Heather Moon in the winter and Silvery Moon in the summer.

I only wear makeup when I go skin is so sensitive that I can't even wash it every day. Since I don't go out every day, it's a good trade-off. But coloring my hair to try to look younger than my 60 years is just plain dumb and way too expensive. My DH likes the gray. Besides, as a mom I've earned every single one of those gray hairs!

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Tonya Kappes said...

I've never ever been shown how to properly wear makeup. I wear the bare minimum. I will dab some concealer, brush a tad bit of blush, and swipe some mascara on. I do wear tinted lip gloss and that is all I do. Even in college my sorority sisters tried to get me to wear some, but it's just too time consuming. You don't need it either;)

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Brown is the worst color of eyeshadow for you, cheryl! You have cool undertones in your skin. You need taupes or grays or gasp even pale blue. LOL When I see you next, I'll do your eyes for you.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh and I love Bare Escentuals too!

At 8:37 AM, Blogger jel said...


I don't have to worry about it,
cause DH don't like me to wear any! so why bother.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Ruthie, I've considered letting my hair grow out, because the gray is pretty white, and I actually like the color. I have a cousin who has never colored her hair, and she's totally gray. She's gorgeous.

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Tonya, I used to play with makeup all the time when I was a teen. Such fun. And my hair was a different color every week. I was a blond as a little girl, and it gradually darkened, but it lightens easily in the sun, so I look pretty natural with the streaks in my hair now. As I get older, I get let concerned about makeup, but it's still fun to play with.

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Colleen, I knew you were going to say that!! And you know what I've been using lately? Bronze, because I'm out of my darker shadow. And yes, I would love for you to give me a makeover next time we're together...which I hope is soon.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Wow, jel, if your hubby doesn't want you to wear makeup, then you're off the hook!

At 8:09 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

I generally don't bother with makeup but when I feel the need not to frighten little children, I wear a bit of concealer and blush and a smidge of lipstick (Mary Kay). I don't remember the last time I wore eye shadow or mascara. I don't think I have any.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I hate make-up. I look much better with it, but I hate putting it on. I mean how do they expect me to put eyeliner on when I can't see without my readers? I have the most powerful magnifying mirror I could find at Brookstone. It works fairly well at home, but I can't take it with me when I travel. So I either look like a raccoon or forego the eyeliner. I'm learning to go without it, but my eyes sort of fade away.

With allergies, half the time I cry off any make-up I managed to get on.

I do use a powder base, like Bare Essentials, but by Nicole Miller. At least sometimes. I should have been born on the prairie.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Julie Arduini said...

Cheryl, I grinned from beginning to end of this post. I've only used brown eye shadow for years and years. The only time I thought blue looked half way decent was on the same NCIS episode you mentioned. Yet not enough for me to go buy any. Thanks for the smile.

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Sandie, I've tried to wear mascara again lately, since I did find some in my cabinet, and no matter how much I clean my eyes the night before, I wake up with the dreaded black circles--which will, indeed, scare little children. I used Mary Kay years ago, but started breaking out with it, which was a huge disappointment since I loved it.

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Ane, I know what you mean. I never do eyeliner because I can't draw a straight line. I do use the Bare Essentials (I know, sp) dark eye shadow for that and it works much better because I can brush it around until it works. I've become braver as the years pass and depend on my eyeglasses to make it look as if I'm wearing eye makeup. It also covers the puffiness. I love my glasses!

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL, Julie! Another NCIS lover, too! I still want my face to look natural, not made-up, which is why I use colors that blend more than they stand out.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger jel said...

going without sleep makes agreat Eyeshadow! ;0)

NCIS is one of our fav. too

theres a new show out now, call
(Body of Proof) I think is going to be good

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Yeah, jel, but it's the wrong kind of shadow. ;-) I just looked at my face in the 10X mirror. Oh, MY!

Yes, love NCIS, but since we don't get TV, only Netflix, we can't see the latest season until it's out on DVD. Body of Proof sounds good. We also watch Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, probably thanks to some suggestions from this group. Thanks, girls!

At 6:33 PM, Blogger SandieP said...

Also love NCIS, Mentalist and have watched Body of Proof. Jury still out on that one, but looks like it might be good. I was just thinking this week that Criminal Minds might be a good Netflix choice. Wish it was on Instant View.

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I wish it was, too, Sandie. Some of the shows we like, though, can give me nightmares if I watch too much, so I have to intersperse them with something funny--not mindless, but humorous.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger SandieP said...

I hear that. Sometimes I think, yeah, I need to watch something funny now! I've been watching Sue Thomas F. B. Eye and Scarecrow and Mrs. King on DVD. They intersperse humor with the serious things. Not quite so intense.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I forgot all about Scarecrow and Mrs. King. I used to love that. We have Star Trek on DVD, so we watch that when we don't have a Netflix.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I know I'm late to this, but I loved this post. By the way, you are stunning in this pink sweater. I think I've told you that before!

I couldn't wear Bare Escentuals. It broke me out, my lips swelled 3 times their size. It broke my heart because I am like you in that it doesn't "feel" like makeup, covered my flaws and looked so natural. Sigh! Elizabeth Arden does the same thing to me, but not as bad.

I think you should listen to Colleen about colors and you don't need to use blue. :) How about pink and burgundies/wine colors? (Other than brown.) But if you wear a blue-based icy highlighter, it might make your eyes be the focus, not the makeup.

I have such a hard time finding colors to wear, much less which makeup colors. I love lipstick and that's the most difficult thing for me to find in color. Sigh. If you wear the right colors, then you don't need as much makeup, too.

And oddly enough Clinique and L'Oreal do not break me out. I can wear their lipsticks and all products. A dermatologist friend told me he felt Clinique and Maybelline were the best for most women (kind to the skin.)

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Crystal, I think I'll go to Sephora on Thursday and try different colors on my eyes. Wish you girls could be there to help me decide. I'm so glad I'm not allergic to this powder.

I will say that I used a gray liner-type thing this morning. Eh. I love my brown. ;-) OKAY, maybe burgundy.


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