I know, you have been worried where I have been and desperately missing my life-changing beauty advice. Fear not, my pets, I actually have a really valid excuse. I did not tell many people while I was doing this, but, for the last four weeks I have been attending makeup school. Between that, and these two tiny little people that need me to like feed them and stuff, I have been monumentally busy.
So. How did this come about? I am glad you asked. Recently, when it was time for me to think about returning to work after spending a year staying home with my infant son, I realized that I absolutely dreaded the idea of taking another accounting position. I kept putting off looking for jobs and when I did apply for something, I did it half-heartedly. I wanted to have a career where I would not dread going to work every day, as I had been for the last several years. So I made the terrifying decision to change my career at age forty. What did I want to do? The answer was easy. I wanted to pursue my very unhealthy makeup obsession. Truth be told, I was very apprehensive to do this as it seems to be a younger woman’s game but I felt like it was something I had to at least try or else I would just end up adding it to my list of regrets-- and I already have enough of those. Besides, if worse came to worst and it did not work out, I have nearly twenty years of accounting and finance under my belt so I could always find a job.
I had my heart set on going to Make Up For Ever Academy. I had spoken to the school, decided on the program and was about to pull the trigger when I started considering what it would take to commute to Manhattan every day. I simply don’t have the time or the stamina to pull it off. I began searching for schools in New Jersey and spoke to a few of them and not one of them appealed to me. I was about to give up when I came across the website of a new school in South Amboy called Blush Bar Makeup Studio. I made an appointment, met with the staff and decided on the spot that this was my school and I could not be happier with my decision.
For the four weeks, I spent my days learning all aspects of fashion and beauty makeup. I thought I already knew most of what I needed to know but I could not be more wrong. My teacher, a master makeup artist named Lindsey Novotny, knows EVERYTHING. Seriously, google her. She has done runway, TV, editorial and film and has even been nominated for an Oscar for her work. She also has her own successful freelance business and has designed curriculums for other makeup schools. Besides all of that, she is one hell of an educator. She is not only supremely knowledgeable but also incredibly patient with all the (my) incessant questions from her students. I could not have been more pleased with my experience and I learned (and re-learned) an enormous amount in just four weeks. I am going back in June for the Special Effects part of the program and I can’t wait to learn more. For one thing, I know my KISS halloween makeup will be so much more impressive this year.
Now that we have that out of the way, I need to proselytize about an eyeliner that was given to us in our student kits. It is the Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in number 77. I had heard of Inglot before my class, but I had never tried any of their products. This eyeliner is the bees knees, kids. It is the easiest to apply of any gel eyeliner I have tried (and as you can guess, they are numerous). There is literally (actual definition of “literally” applies here) no skipping or dragging which leaves much less room for error. Gel eyeliner is tricky and this particular formula makes it so much easier. Not only that, it Does. Not. Move--which is fantastic for me and my stupid oily eyelids.
Aaaaand that leads us into our Brush Of The Week. This week I am going with the Make Up For Ever #250 Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush. I still have trouble with eyeliner and I have been on a quest to find a brush that is thin (but not TOO thin) and that has semi-firm bristles. This is The One. This brush, combined with the right eyeliner (ahem, see above) makes it all so much easier. Try these. You will be winging the crap out of your eyeliner in no time.
Stay tuned for next week, where I will spill all the details of Alison’s and my day at The Makeup Show in Manhattan. You want to know what celebrity I was stalking and the stupid things I said. Later, skaters.