I am not a girly girl.
I went to a make up party.
I felt somewhat out of place and awkward. The products were actually pretty cool,
But why do we wear this stuff?
Details and some nerdy science and history stuff below.
|I used a fancy mascara.|
|Nefertiti bust ~1320 BC (3,334 years ago) with eyeliner applied|
This post is about make up, and I know very little about actual cosmetics. I can apply them when I need to. Color is color, and I'm decent at painting. (I'm just not too fond of spending precious time on my face when there's so much other stuff to do.) I've owned the same eyeliner for several years.
(Gross, I know. I'll go throw it away, now.---- Okay. Done.)
I do, however, find it really fascinating that we have painted our faces for millennia.
In fact, it's impossible for me to write about a make up party without throwing in some nerdy stuff. So...
|Margaret Keane, Dewdrops|
Therefore, we love most things, and people, with big ol' eyeballs. It's programmed into our DNA.
It has big eyes?! Let me love it and hold it and take care of it forever!!!!! Amirite?
Powdered eyeliner, or kohl, was used in many ancient cultures, including Egypt and Mesopotamia, for several purposes. These included protection from the elements, that nasty old "evil eye", and for personal adornment. From the vikings to ancient Indians, people began applying kohl to theirs (and children's) eyes almost from birth. Kohl was made with lead sulfide and was smeared around the eye and eyelashes. It was like an eyeliner mascara combo that made the eyes "pop" and could protect you and either aid your immune system by stimulating the production of nitric oxide or slowly give you lead poisoning depending on the mixtures used. Tricky stuff.
But keep in mind, eyelashes are not a secondary sex trait. Females do not have longer or thicker lashes than males.
|Because no eyeliner post is complete without Prince.|
So why do women still cake on layers of mascara? Fast forward a few thousand years to 1913 where chemist T.L. Williams concocts a mixture of petroleum jelly and charcoal and markets it to ladies. Boom. Easy, sexy lashes without the lead. Making the eyelashes appear darker and longer giving the appearance of bigger eyes.
I admit mascara makes eyes look cool. I love lashes, and I especially love incorporating them into my watercolor paintings. I do not love mascara. There is nothing magical about sticking a wand near my eyeball. The faces I make when applying eye make up are totally crazy.
On top of my aversion to objects near my eyeball and spending time painting my face, I'm highly sensitive to smell. To me, (most) mascara has a strong chemical odor. I've tried natural mascaras, and for some reason they smell even worse. Then, there's always those awesome raccoon eyes. Waterproof mascara helps with that, but then my lashes fall out in clumps. Not cool.
When I was invited to this make up party that was actually centered around mascara, I was very wary. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the lady that invited me. She's a fellow artist and she's a pretty rad person all around. I just wasn't sure about the whole make up thing.
I showed up to the Younique party and was met by this lovely spread.
After some noshing and awkward introductions (I'm terrible like that), I began to wander around the product tables that Aimée had set up. I wasn't really prepared for the plethora of products, just the number of eyeshadow pigments alone was insane.
I quickly confirmed with Aimée that all of the products are cruelty free and vegan
(because bunnies are cute enough!) before I began testing any of the pretties.
While Aimée was giving the party host the whole work up makeover shebang, I tried some of the products. The lip liners were pretty amazing. That photo of my hand is after two hand washes with soap. It probably stayed on for another 2 or 3 washes. If I could be more decisive and pick a color, I'd definitely use that stuff.
The star of the night, Younique 3D mascara, was a little weird at first.
I was sort of freaked out by the word fibers. (The image of fiberglass insulation came to mind.)
I soon learned they are actually made from green tea fibers. No glass.*sigh of relief*
It's a three step process.
You apply a black primer layer, then apply the fibers to the still wet base coat, then you "seal" that layer with another application of the base coat. It's best to do it one eye at a time.
I did one full layer of the mascara, and it didn't feel heavy like falsies do but looked very dramatic.
(I successfully wore fake lashes and full make up on my wedding day, but was lucky enough to have a make-up artist bff to apply them.)
The fiber lashes are not waterproof, but I like this. It came off easily when I washed my face in the shower. (To be totally honest, that was the next morning. I do not remove make up before sleeping. I know that's just terrible, but on the bright side, I did not have raccoon eyes.)
Here's a few pics of the ladies that tried the fiber mascara. The top two have one coat, the bottom two have one coat on only one eye, the other eye has regular mascara.
I might not wear much make up, but there were several things about that night that I can get behind.
Animal testing is just plain silly, and I'm happy to support a product that uses cruelty-free, natural ingredients. I'm also happy to support a good lady that has found a venture she's really into and is helping to support her family after going through a year I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
|Our lovely party hostess after her Younique makeover.|
All in all, that night was much more fun than I thought it would be.
I'm usually more comfortable with a group that I know or sitting home alone shopping online, so I think the virtual party and ordering online would be more my speed if I wasn't invited by a host I know.
If you want to organize your own party or browse her site, you can find Aimée here.
(Here's her awesome mug and right eye all fiber lashed up.)
I wonder if ancient Egyptians gathered together to swap kohl mixing recipes and application techniques...