Three Makeup Memories

Makeup Memories

Here are three vivid makeup memories I probably won’t ever forget.

  • I had this vivid lavender shade of lipstick from Cover Girl (I think) when I was maybe 15. I absolutely loved it and would put it on at home in my bedroom, but never had the courage to wear it outside. I would totally wear a shade like that now.
  • The first time I wore foundation I was 16. I think it was from Lancome. It was my mom’s foundation, and about 2-3 shades too dark for my skin tone. I remember putting on this huge fluffy creme-colored sweater I got for Christmas, and it rubbed off all over the neck of the sweater. So not attractive.

  • Back around 1998 I was interviewing for jobs in publishing after I graduated college. I went to a very small indie-type Berkeley company (one of a million in Berkeley) to interview with two people. I very clearly remember that they were all a bit “alternative” looking and were all dressed very casually in jeans, t-shirts, etc. The man who was interviewing me was probably in his late 20’s and looked very laid back, and he made a comment on my nail polish. He mentioned that I was very bold to be wearing a shade like that at a job interview. It was from Revlon and was a new slate blue/grey that had come out. I remember being kind of shocked that he would comment on that, especially considering the type of company they appeared to be like, the fact that I had worked in publishing for 2 years, and had a BA in English. The whole interview after that was him and the woman being a bit snarky and acting like I was a complete idiot for wearing the nail polish. Bad vibe. I never heard back from them and am glad I didn’t because they were a bunch of jerks anyway! I could understand the comment a whole lot more if it had been coming from a banking company or law firm or something even slightly conservative. But an indie publishing house in Berkeley, is most definitely NOT that!

What are some of your early makeup memories?


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