I was poking around on Yahoo's Shine today and came across this article: Do You Change Your Beauty Routine For Men? In it, the Allure Daily Beauty Reporter recalls how she stopped in the midst of getting ready for a date to completely change her make-up look from the one she'd been planning on to one she felt might be more appreciated by the man she was going to see that night. Which of course begs the quesiton: do you change your beauty routine for men?
I have long been the friend many turn to when they have a beauty question. "Have you tried this moisturizer?" or "I need a product that performs this miracle, what do you suggest?" are oftentimes
put in front of me in casual conversation. I have at any given point four or five lip glosses/sticks in my purse, as well as blotting powders, a pencil or two, and even a sharpener. As you can tell from the picture, I'm a huge fan of Bare Naturals and Too Faced cosmetics. Anyway….
When I first met Dipshit (yes, it's another Dipshit-related story), I was going through a phase. I had cut off all my hair, dyed it red (not a good look for me as it turns out), and I decided to embrace my au naturale self. I went through this phase of doing the bare minimum to make myself presentable and for some reason, I was a really frumpy dresser during this time. I moved to Chicago, one of the more chic cities in our wonderful nation, and continued this boneheaded idea until one morning when I was getting ready for work and I looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself.
Literally, I had no idea who this stranger was. I went to work, asked my boss if I could take a half day, and made an appointment at Marshall Fields to get my hair cut and colored. Before I went into the salon, I stopped at the MAC counter and dropped an easy $300 on myself. And thus my au naturale phase came to a screeching halt and never again have I traveled down that frightening road.
I was loyal to MAC for awhile, and then it was Body Shop. I tried Lancome, Clinique, Revlon, and many others along the way but it wasn't until my girlfriend Brande' told me about BareEscentuals
that I became loyal to one brand and never strayed again (six years and STILL going strong!). Yet I also find myself drawn to Too Faced cosmetics, though mostly because I love their palettes. Especially the Naked Eye and Natural Eye collections (yes, I own both).
WARNING: I digress for a moment (completely surprising that I'd digress isn't it?).
So I had a date last weekend with a guy by the name of Preston (hilarious blog post to follow). And I wore something that I deemed casual. Now when I say I deemed it casual, what you need to understand here is that I have a tendency to be a notch or two overdressed for an occassion. I mean, hey, I'm the girl who owned two pairs of jeans in college and about four pairs of khakis, two pairs of navy pants, and three pairs of black pants. In short, I rarely wore jeans in college. And I didn't own sweatpants until my late twenties. Yes, I do own sweatshirts, but I'm not going to lie. They're both Ralph Lauren (and one bright orange Mackinac sweatshirt that I can't fit into but still holds sentimental value for me and perhaps Brande' too).
Anyways…. For this date I wore a pair of white flip flops, white capris, and an aqua Talbot's 3/4 length sleeve ballet neckline t-shirt with a white hummingbird on it. My hair was perfectly coiffed, my make up wasn't what I'd wear to the bar but rather what I'd wear to work, and I had on some cute aqua earrings.
He wore flip flops, khaki cargo shorts, and a gray Popeye t-shirt.
So in light of the fact that while I've heard from Preston sporadically since our date (yes, I'm guessing he met someone else whose grass is greener than mine), I've found myself wondering if perhaps I came off as being too high maintenance for him. On the otherhand, this is a guy who is comfortable with eggplant colored furniture in his living room so perhaps not. Either way, I think I may try a look that's a bit more subdued if we should perchance meet up again.