Since high school, lipstick has been smeared daily on my mouth. I would’ve worn it every day in elementary school, but Mumsie forbade me to do so as I was not a pageant toddler (thank you, Mom). However, one of my nicknames has always been Meggie Boo Boo (thanks again, Mom).
That being said, the foreshadowing winds of change have finally thrown me up in the tornadic tunnel of realization, and the weight of the matter has guilted me into researching organic beauty products.
Out of the eight lipsticks in my purse (I’m not joking), I looked at my Victoria’s Secret tube (in my favorite shade, “True”) and gazed at it. I then heard myself saying to me, “Just a little won’t hurt,” like a true makeup addict. Sure enough, I caved. This is going to be a long, hard, gravelly, rock-ridden road for me.
Don’t get me wrong. I regularly go without makeup — well, kind of often, sometimes — just to remind myself that my worth isn’t based on how much better my face looks with foundation, powder, blush, mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner and lipstick — oh, and brow pencil. The last time I went makeup-less to work, someone walked in my office and questioned my identity.
As a natural strawberry blonde, my skin is light. My eyebrows and eyelashes are even lighter. They’re a honey shade that makes my face a blank canvas, excellent for experimenting with makeup, my paint of choice. I look like a Scandinavian 12-year-old without some art made on my face.
Needless to say, I would like the paint I use to be free of chemicals and lead. That’s not asking too much, is it?
If you have favorite organic, natural, gluten-free products, let me know. I’m on the prowl. Organic products aren’t cheap. They’re not in the price range of the clearance lipsticks I buy at Target, and they’re often more expensive than the yearly splurge I make at Merle Norman. That being said, I don’t want to buy the first thing I see, hoping it won’t look and feel like crap. I’m not made of money, and I don’t own a field of money trees.
I’m not interested in looking like a humanized piece of chalk or a tangelo, so please, let me know if you have any recommendations on organic foundations, specifically.
Life and beauty aren’t all about makeup. Makeup just makes life more vibrant and attractive. The daily purpose is to enhance the features God already gave you, adding to your put-together look and confidence. Help me find the best and most cost-effective organic makeup products, so I can highlight the eyelashes the Lord gave me and not scare my coworkers.
Let it be known that I will still gladly accept free makeup with a bittersweet heart from anyone, even if I save it for special occasions.