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So, when I was a teenager, my fabulous mother gifted me with this genius vintage book: Dress Well on $1 a Day by Bea Danville. I can't believe I left it behind when I moved, but my mother graciously sent it along to me so that I could remind myself of this wisdom.
And now, I share this wisdom with all of you.
Today's lesson: Making Your Make-up Last
"As with clothes, a fuddled line is a sloppy one" [??] A quick do-over of your make-up mau extend its time limit considerably if you are rushed.
In the first place, you must carry in your pocket book a little cosmetic bag containing the following: powder, day and evening lipsticks, a lipstick brush, eyebrow pencils, mascara, eye shadow, eyelash curlers, and tiny containers for foundation, vaseline and astringent-soaked pads. [OK, what?? Seriously? I would amend this to say: bring along lip balm and powder MAYBE, and that's it. I don't know the size of Bea's "pocket book" but I suspect it's the side of a modern-day suitcase]
With one of the astringent pads, lightly touch off the top layer of powder, which will now be stale, paying most attention to the base of the nose, the chin and anywhere else where you see the powder has lumped. [Note: I think modern formulations are less likely to "LUMP" than in the 50s] Now dust over lightly with the powder.
Check for a smudgy line along your brows and eyelids. Dab off any smudges or grease spots on the eyelids and brows with tissue. ["Grease spots"? Again, I think modern eyeshadow formulations may have solved this issue] Touch up your eyebrow pencil where the line is untidy. Apply more mascara, if necessary, but in any case re-curl. [Yes, by all means, re-curl. SRSLY? Maybe eyelash curlers used to not work as well? Do you really need to re-curl at 5pm?]
Wipe off your stale lipstick and replace.
This isn't as time-consuming as it sounds. [Right, hauling your suitcase o' makeup around with you to COMPLETELY REDO your entire face is obviously not time-consuming at all] As you become a proficient cosmetician, you should be able to do this re-touching in five or six minutes.
[This seems like a bit much but what do I know? Am I a published author? No. Do I come home after a day at work to find my mascara has all migrated under my eyes, making me look like I've been punched and/or haven't slept in a month. So maybe I can learn a lesson here.
But I really can't see myself carrying a lash curler around with me. Hopefully my powder won't start to LUMP and my eyeshadow won't cause GREASE SPOTS]