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Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Note From My Dressing Table

Recently in my office building there was a small fire in the floor above us. No one’s safety was at risk, but when I heard the firemen were considering evacutaing, my mind immediately went to one place: my makeup.

That may sound vain, but to me, makeup is a very sacred. I regard makeup the same way an artist regards their paint and brushes. I don’t wear makeup because I feel I have to, I wear it because I want to. I take so much pleasure from creating art in this way and sharing it with the world. I love making my lips look like they just had a good makeout session, my eyes look like a Cape Cod sunset. I love having the ability to invoke the bronze glow of summer right in the heart of winter. I love being able to imitate and honor the Femme Vitales I idolize.

I love the ritual of getting ready with girlfriends. Some of the fondest memories of my teenage years are my best friend Becca and I, parked in some parking lot in our small town, covering up our adolescent blemishes as we un-covered our souls.

I consider makeup to be a feminine rite. I remember my 13th birthday, knowing I was truly a teenager when I received a Caboodles case full of bold shades from the drugstore. I remember buying my first big-girl lipstick at age 15 (Ecru by Lancome) for a whole $17. I remember the tissues that littered my Mother's purse, all covered in big frosty pink kisses. When I am feeling low makeup lifts me up, brings me back to level. It is the one thing I can count on to make me feel fabulous, always.

I didn’t intend for this blog to be a love story but there you have it. Makeup deeply nourishes my soul. Below I have shared some of my all time favorite products for your playtime. Have fun today as you fingerpaint the canvas of your beauty!

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs - I love this product for a bronze glow anytime, I use it before every performance and all summer long.

Matesse - apply a little lotion or oil to your skin before evenly shaking on this loose glitter, it will stay on for hours!

Foundation and Concealer
I love Mac for my face makeup. I use Mineralize for day to day as minerals do not clog the skin. Before I go onstage I use Pro-Longwear, especially if I’ll be go-go dancing, workin’ up a sweat!

Trish McEvoy makes a wonderful product called “Finish Line” that turns any shadow into liquid liner. The key here is the angled brush she makes, it is killer for creating that defined, clean line.

I love all kinds of shadows. To me, even more important than the shadow is the brush. Mac makes a great fluffy shadow brush that gives superior control when you are contouring or playing with several different colors.

Bobbi Brown makes a wonderful mascara called “extreme party mascara”. Wacky name, great product.

Lash curler, I love Shiseido. False Lashes, Mattese with Duo lash glue is my fave.

I use every brand of lipstick from drugstore to department store and everything in-between. The important thing is that I play with liners and glosses too, and the countless combinations these three tools can create. Try lipstick with just liner, just liner with a dot of gloss, gloss first and then lipstick on top, filled-in liner with just a swath of lipstick on top . The possibilities are limitless!

The lipstick I am crazy for right now is Wet and Wild, Silk Finish with Blue Pearl (#521A). It is a bright fuschia that really pops, and it's only $.99! I pair it with Mac Magenta liner. (But this will change in about a week, I could create a monthly magazine of lipsticks that I love.)

There you have it! Enjoy and have fun, and if you have any favorites you'd like to share, I'd love to read them in your comments!

Big, fat red lipstick kiss to you,


  1. Mwahhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Love, Sticky Kisses

  2. I'm going out tonight and thought of emulating your red lips. May also wear long lashes and lots of sparkles. Love you! The Sizzler

  3. Wha? No mention of Winter Wonderhands!?!?

  4. Thank you for your beautiful article!I have always loved putting on make-up and I assumed it must be because at some level I was very vain. When my 4 year old niece asked "why" I put on make up, it got me thinking. I realized I wouldn't do it with such joy everyday if there wasn't something more to it! Thank you SO MUCH for helping me understand and embrace my love for this art form!!!

  5. You're gorgeous. I love that picture. I've never embraced makeup as an every day item for myself, but when I have a special occasion and I do indulge, it just feels so lovely to dress myself up. There is great joy in the ritual!

  6. I read this a few weeks ago and I can't stop thinking about it.
    I can't remember the last time I thought of make up this way. Maybe I got glimpses of it during the Mama Gena's course. But most of the time, I go with out if I can, and if I have to, it's a rushed, hurry up and slap it on kind of thing.
    I gained weight after I broke my back a few years ago, and the heavier I've gotten, the less feminine I feel. The less I feel like putting on make up does anything but sort of add some frosting on a mud pie. Amazing how that happens.
    Anyway, I've started the slow, slow process of losing weight, and it seems like a little bit of that feeling of beauty is coming back. I'm going to think of you this morning as I'm putting my make up on.