As you know, there are certain all-natural and homemade products that I can really get excited about (think – chapstick, bodywash, perfume…), but this makeup regimen is just not doing it for me. The makeup just involves so much…so much…powder.
First there is the healthy dose of loose powder foundation, and when I say loose I mean cocoa powder flying around the bathroom in a giant dust cloud and landing in pale, gritty clumps on the front of my clothes. (Don’t tell my mom, but it gets all over the bathroom counter…) If I breathe in, I choke myself. It’s like applying makeup with a crop duster; I just close my eyes and hope for the best. BUT – at least I don’t have to worry about chemicals; I just have to be careful not to asphyxiate myself.
Next comes the “concealer.” I put concealer in quotes because, let’s be real, it doesn’t work. When you first put it on, it looks promising – very light and shiny like it will brighten your eyes and cover your pimples. FALSE. This look fades. So you spread it out as best you can and then dump on more powder. And you dump more and more. But don’t get carried away or you’ll hit the snag of too much powder on top of powder on top of “concealer,” and things will start to solidify in heavy clumps. And that’s when you wipe it all off and start over (or give up and use chemicals for the day).
However, if you give up and go back to chemicals, the store-bought cover-up you’re used to will, interestingly enough, underperform. I’ve found that my Maybelline concealer does not work as well on top of all the powder of my natural foundation.
Powder. Powder. Powder. Sound familiar? Why, yes it does, MNM. It reminds me of your horrible experiences with dry shampoo. That’s exactly what I thought. Remember working in the sandbox? This is like working in a mudbox. Sometimes, I’ll rub my eye or scratch my nose and find colored powder stuck to my fingers. I get more gunk under my nails when I spend a day wearing natural makeup than when I spend a day at the barn. Forget natural makeup remover to clean my face off – I’d be better off using a Swiffer Duster.
Despite this, Maid Up has not proved to be as excruciating as the Mother Nature’s Maid challenge. First of all, I’ve given myself two full weeks to develop and deal with new products. Second, makeup just doesn’t have as fundamental a part in my life as, say, toothpaste or deodorant. And I’ve found that failures and subpar products are easier to deal with when there’s no danger of greasy hair or body odor.