When I go to NYC, I come home to DC utterly exhausted. Even if I’m dead tired I just can’t sit still or relax for very long. Something magical in the city will slip by if I stay back at the house and have a cup of tea. It’s crazy but I have to be out there walking around! Photographing people, is tough for me, I’m too shy to ask if it’s okay to take their picture and not sneaky enough to do it on the sly. So instead I convince myself that I’m better at artsy stuff like the merge where the horizon connects with the land. It can be buildings or nature but that line has always fascinated me and it doesn’t talk back or want a copy or need a release to be signed. It just exists waiting to be noticed.
I have worked as a freelance makeup artist for most of my life and the variety of advice coming from the cosmetic counters, doctors and the guy next door runs the gamut. When I was little my older cousin said to make sure you put the mascara on the top of the eye lashes because guys are generally taller than girls so you want to make sure you can see it from all angles. Good advice I guess. Then there was the advice that told me to put lipstick over the edges of my lips to make them look bigger. Yuck! That was my third grade teacher who inevitably had clumps of lipstick in the corners of her mouth – I hated when she got close to me to tell me something in private. In any case, as usual, if something works for me it may not work for you. Electric blue eyelids were all the rage in the 50’s but would I wear that to the office….okay I guess it depends on the office. Here at NBC no-one would notice but to a corporate office it might look a little garish. My point is, that some advice about makeup and beauty is just plain illogical. Having said that I love the way women experiment and play with what they consider beautiful. That’s another article. Continue reading