Thursday, July 7, 2011

Operation MILF - The "Natural" Date Night Look, Draft Ed.

Of the many kind, outrageous lies our significant others tells us, "I prefer how you look when you wake up first thing in the morning" must rank up there with that old chestnut, "No, those skinny jeans don't make your assets look fat" or "I watch Halle Berry movies for their cinematic splendor."

Knowing this "I like you without makeup!" thing to be a ruse - absent a minimum of makeup or a map, you can't locate my weensy eyes or cheekbones, let alone admire them - I've nonetheless fallen into a regular pattern of less-than-my-already-minimal spackle. On many Mom days, it's an absolute necessity - but I'm finding I've forgotten how to do a more pulled together look when a date night or Vegas trip arises.

Plus, there was that thing the AH noted a few months back - you know, back before Big Law Firm Life took over all his free time & we still did Smug Married-style date nights - when I was discussing the Mom-ouflage & he observed, "You know, not everything about your look needs to be practical Mom-stuff." Uh-oh.

(Also, I see his comment as implicit permission to resume buying wildly impractical shoes, which I will no longer link to here as the AH is apparently reading my drivel here again. Uh-oh indeed.)

Anywhoodle, I'm inspired to get my war paint together; let's call it the "natural" date night look to keep the spouses happy, though we'll know better. Sparrows & Sparkles, one of my favorite Invisible Internet Chic Mamas, pointed me in the direction of this Pixiwoo video which gives us mere mortals techniques & tips on the Kate / Catherine / Duchess (ie, my ideal "natural" pulled together face) look.

I should repeat here that I do not believe myself to be, nor do I desire to be, the Duchess of Cambridge. I've already had a job requiring pantyhose, and I've no desire to go there again. Not unless, say, a title & unlimited wardrobe budget were also part of the deal. That being said, girl knows how to get her "natural" spackle on:


And so, Master P's schedule permitting, I'm off to STOP READING RIGHT NOW ANONYMOUS HUSBAND NO REALLY I MEAN IT the mall to assemble my (still minimal, I promise!) war paint, with a few changes here & there to suit my (pasty, be-wrinkled) complexion. I've already obtained & love the bronzer, so so far, so Pretty.

**Edited to Add: Since posting this I've also tried the following products from above video & highly recommend: (1) Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation in 20 (oil-free, semi-matte, blendable, gorgeous) and (2) Chanel Poudre Universelle in 20. Will update more as time & budget permit me to test more of these products.**

If only I could get (1) Big Law Firm Land to allow us a Date Night to debut my new spackle - er, I mean, to spend time with the AH; and (2) obtain my old-school Caboodle to house it in - remember those? Here's hoping Kate / Catherine / Duchess trots one out & gets the trend going again...

Any other date night look tutorial help? Suggestions for overcoming my CopyKate tendencies?

6 comments:

Lisa said...

I didn't know your AH was at BigLaw! I commiserate. My husband just went back to BigLaw last week (yes, he started a new job the week we moved and lost our childcare!) after a 3 year jaunt in-house. BigLaw was fine when we both worked and I could meet my childless friends for dinner on weeknights and spend lots of time browsing the bookstore....but now I have three kids I am essentially a single parent with a very good paycheck. These leave-at-7, home-at-11 days kind of suck. Move next door to me so we can hang out while our respective spouses pay the bills. (Although my banshees would probably forever put you off having any more children.)

LPC said...

The fib I like is, "I watch Halle Berry movies because she reminds me of you." I'm blonde/gray, blue-eyed, and 54:). And I think they really do mean that like you with no makeup bit. I still put on concealer, mascara, lip balm. None of those count as makeup.

hotmesscoolday said...

Oooh I could so put you on a makeup regimen. Most important quick product: tinted moisturizer. Also, maintaining your brows is the first step to a pulled together look. :)

Brandi said...

I must admit, I still use my caboodle.

Tracy said...

I use my caboodle as well, and I have a smaller one that goes to the gym with me too. sigh, I am so uncool.

Kristen at The Red Velvet Life said...

I have a "grown-up" caboodle from Sephora ... at least that's what I tell myself it is. It's one of these...

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=ORDYTVCIB3ECQCV0KSIA5UQ?id=P76632&categoryId=RPYMAL&navAction=jump

Not bad, right? Not as fun as a caboodle, but it works. Of course it got a little icky inside, so I don't use it much anymore. That, and I just don't wear that much makeup to warrant a massive case like that.

And I love your copykate comment. :) You're a trendsetter, my dear. Who knows -- Kate might be secretly nabbing her fashion inspiration for Miss Pretty herself! :)

Oh -- and BigLaw. I commiserate. My hubs is also in Big Law. Yeah.

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