Raising a Geek: Introduction to Make-Up

I know that make-up is hardly a geeks only thing, but I am raising a geek and this is our experience.

One of the responsibilites and quite frankly, fun, parts of raising a kid, is hearing the question, “Mommy, can I start wearing make-up?”  I know if you have a little geeky boy, this might not apply to you, but it just might.  Make-up is not a girls-only thing anymore.  So, when I speak of raising a girl, I am speaking of my own personal experience of raising a daughter.  I don’t mean to make any assumptions of gender in any way.

My answer to that question was an enthusiasic, “YASSSS!”  I love make-up.  I have way too much make-up, and I absolutely do not care.  Dark lipstick, sure, more glitter, yes please.  I use make-up for fun.

However, there are times and places for all types of make-up.  Gothy for the club, more conservative for the workplace, that kind of thing.  So, when teaching my kiddo how to use make-up, I needed to teach her about all the aspects of make-up use.

Just like with putting on a face of make-up, teaching about make-up requires a foundation.  Where to begin?  Well, I started with proper skincare, which we will go into on a later post, and how to apply a “basic face”, which I learned many years ago from a fantastic book called, “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”.  I still have my copy to this day, and I was happy to pass it down to my kid.  I was pleased to learn that this book is still available on Amazon.  Get it here.  I recommend the spiral bound version for ease of use.

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Photo: Amazon.com

Ms. Crawford found herself sick in bed after a photo shoot, and to not go nuts with boredom, her friends encouraged her to write a book.  Being who she is, she did just that.  She didn’t just write any book; what she did was create a manual to make-up with all the basics.  Things like picking a good foundation, using concealer, brushes and how to keep them clean, and how to put on your “basic face”.  Your basic face should take you about five minutes to apply and be appropriate for work, school, whatever.  Her philosophy is that make-up is an option, not a requirement, and if you want to wear it, then make sure you do it in such a way that is occasion and location appropriate.

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Photo: “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”

After you apply your basic face, then if you are headed to a party or a club, then you can build on this basic face by adding a smoky eye, glitter, anything goes.

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Photo: “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”

After you perfect your basic face, then go nuts!  I know we do.  We recently bought a ton of glitter, cause…glitter!

Next time, we’ll talk more about skincare and fun make-up to try.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

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