Day 15: Reading into Rouge

Via Marylee Fairbanks
on Oct 14, 2011
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I rarely wear makeup. For a person who doesn’t wear make up I have a ton of makeup.

I found two packages of false eyelashes, some miracle, mineral powder I purchased ten years ago, seven shades of blushes, and twenty-two lip liners. Do people still wear lip liner?

I also discovered nine shades of lipstick to apply between the lines of my lip liners.

What’s troubling is the differentiation between the colors is  so miniscule that you would need to stand in bright sunlight, wearing reading glasses to tell them apart.

The experience is reminiscent of the 150 articles of grey, I had in my closet last April.

I wondered, at the time, what all the grey said about my personality and once again, I am concerned about the deep, hidden meanings of the lip colors Rouge Sinner and Skew.

If I wore lipstick every day I might be able to justify it but I wear lipstick three times a year and I never remember to re-apply.

According to Allure Magazine we should toss mascara and eye shadows every 2-3 months and foundation every 6 months. Powder is good up to two years (not ten) and lipstick should be tossed every year.  I don’t know if it is true or just a marketing ploy to get people to purchase more makeup

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Other pieces by Marylee:   American MomThe Princess Of Garbage DaySing Out, Clara, and Letter From A Bully.








About Marylee Fairbanks

Marylee Fairbanks is a columnist for Gaiam, elephant journal, My Life Yoga, and, Her essays explore Motherhood and yoga, but mainly focus on her experiences with her young son and the many ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga and The 24 Things. She teaches Chakras Balancing workshops and yoga classes. Prior to having her son, she performed in Broadway musicals across the country. Marylee lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and dogs. Find her on her website and follow her on twitter.


4 Responses to “Day 15: Reading into Rouge”

  1. TiZ says:

    i do. i wear lip liner. but i fill in my whole lip. and then apply a balm. i only have 5 lipliners though. this is not a plea for you to send me yours, even though i adore you.

  2. soybean5 says:

    Hahaha, I am cracking up. I remember those days! I loved my lipliner! But, like you I don't wear a lot of makeup these days but, I have a bag of it sitting on my bureau and I had been wondering if I should just toss it………………So sad becausee, I was the girl who always had way too much makeup on. Thanks ML for the chuckle this morning and for making my decision on getting rid of all the makeup on my bureau that I never wear!!!

  3. marylee says:

    You two are far too beautiful to glob on the makeup…
    lip liner… still not sure if its a fashion don't

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