Many women like myself who are over 50 got our first makeup lesson from our mothers. Not formally but by observation.
I always remember my mother brushing her brows and always telling me how important your eyebrows were in framing your eyes. My mom always put on face powder and last but not least lipstick.
To this day, these are my top 3 makeup products I use every day even if I am just going to the corner store:
- Face powder
- Eyebrow pencil
So, What Was the Next Makeup Lesson for Me?
Well, in those days we did not have Instagram or YouTube to learn makeup lessons online.
So, the next set of makeup lessons happened at Holt Renfrew Montreal, sitting on a stool and having the latest makeup of that season applied to my young flawless face.
It didn’t matter that I was a redhead with a very warm complexion, whatever the color of the season happened to be, it was applied. I remember leaving with fuchsia lipstick…so totally not my color. I looked like a clown, but at 18 as I tell my current clients, this is the time to experiment as there are no corrective makeup techniques needed — just add color and stir. By the time I started working I had perfected my coloring frosted eye shadowed eyes, glossy lips and lots of mascara.
I so loved makeup that I switched my career path and at the age of 31 went to makeup school — not just any makeup school, but one that taught me theatre, special effects, film photography, television makeup, character makeup and everything in between.
I studied the bones and planes of the face, contouring, highlighting and corrective makeup. I understood eye contour, brow shape and how to frame and complement the beauty of the face. I started in 1989, being taught by just using my fingers to apply makeup and then the brush became the extension and I am now a makeup brush junky with over 1,000 brushes.
I realized going into my 40’s and 50’s that my face was changing and what I was doing had to adapt to my thinning brows and the slight eye bags!
This is how Grace Makeup for Midlife started. As we get older many women either continue to add more makeup to their look, or stop wearing makeup all together because they don’t know what to do. Many women have been doing their makeup the same way for years and are not getting the same results but can’t figure out why. As we get older our face changes and how we do our makeup has to change.
And those are the special kind of Makeup Lessons in Toronto that Grace Makeup offers.