Being in the beginning of early menopause, I typically wake up each morning not knowing who I am that day. Am I my typical, get out of bed, ready to start my day, positive mood, optimist? Or will the night sweats have had their way with me, not allowing me any sleep whatsoever, and have me awaken as a zombie, a vampire who doesn’t want to see the light of day, a grump, negative ninny, pessimist who wants nothing more than to zone out in front of the television because just the thought of moving down the hall to your bedroom to take a nap requires too much energy. A little to realistic for you? Yeah, me too.
In today’s day, it’s hard for women to know who they are anymore. We have so many titles, so many hats to where. When someone asks you what you do, how can you whittle it down to one thing? Today am I a mom? A wife? A significant other? A friend? A housekeeper? A career woman? What am I? I know I’m a mix of all of them at any one time, so how do you define yourself?
I am all of the above. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a friend. I do keep our house cleaned. I am a PTA leader on TWO different boards. I do run SIX websites/blogs with another being birthed very soon. I’m also a make-up artist, a hair stylist, a clothes stylist, art director, photographer’s assistant. You can see where between my health issues and my work issues that I sometimes don’t quite feel like myself.
But, on the days when I don’t feel like myself or I’m having trouble finding myself, I always have one thing that I can always fall back on…and that’s my “signature” face. Just like a signature haircut is one that when you have it, you instantly feel like yourself, a signature face helps you feel like yourself.
When I put on my signature face and look in the mirror, I recognize who the person is in front of me again. It looks like me, even if I don’t feel like the “me” I’m used to. In an ever changing world, it’s nice to have something that can stay the same and help to anchor me. Sounds silly, the power of makeup, but it’s so very true.
Now, my signature face does gradually change as I gradually change as a person. My signature face no longer includes tons and tons of eye makeup like it did in my twenties and the signature face I have now most definitely won’t be my signature face in 10 years, 10 months or possibly even 10 days. What’s important to remember, is that my signature face is there for me when I need a little reminder as to who I am.
Here’s what my signature face includes today:
W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist cream stick in #7 (for contouring my cheeks)
W3LL PEOPLE Universalist color stick in #1 (for adding that perfect goldish pink to my cheeks)
W3LL PEOPLE Bio-Brightener Stick (to give me that glow that everyone always raves about in my photos)
No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Trio in Classic Matte (having lavender hair, I use the middle shade as a brow powder)
Maybelline Brow Drama gel in Clear (love how it sets my brows and keeps the powder in place)
No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define in Pink Pearl (a super soft glistening pink for all over the lid, really water resistant, crease resistant, and stays on all day)
No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define in Cool Mink (does the most amazing super subtle contour and used under the eyes lends itself to that “cool girl”/”I slept in last night’s eye make-up and it smudged” look)
No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Trio in Classic Matte (used the middle shade on the brows, the darker shade perfectly darkens my lash line giving a naturally defined look that a pencil just can’t do)
L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Brown (I love the W3LL PEOPLE mascara when I want more drama, but as it only comes in black, I use the L’Oreal one on my *hopefully* drama-free days.
Only the best…Good ole fashioned Chapstick Original
What do you use as your “signature” face? Who are you when you put it on?
*Note: While I do work for W3LL PEOPLE and Idid get the products as my quarterly gratis bonus for doing a good job, I did not in any way get compensated for this article. With regards to the rest of the companies listed, I do not work for any of them, nor was I compensated in any way for this article.