Writing Prompt: Makeup

Oct 31, 2018

My original intention for this week’s writing prompt was Halloween-based, as today is, well…Halloween. I was thinking about costumes and how a lot of people get suuuuuper into dressing up. I don’t, because I grew up way out in the country and we rarely did anything for Halloween because my mom couldn’t be bothered. If I ever got a last-minute invitation from a friend, I would scramble around looking for something to throw together, which usually involved me being a ‘bum’. Or sometimes a ‘hobo’ if I could find a stick and a sack for a bindle.

Ugh, I digress. So Halloween evolved to Costumes, which brought to mind the lengths we sometimes go to to hide our true identities, which evolved to Makeup. Maybe I landed here because I’m a woman in the world who doesn’t wear much makeup, and only just started trying in earnest a few years ago but frankly I still haven’t figured it out. I often feel incredibly incompetent in this department, but like my mom and Halloween, I also can’t really be bothered with making it happen.

I’m out of town right now, and last night I got caught in downtown Denver in the very cold rain with my wimpy, thin down coat and no umbrella. I’d originally planned to get back to my Airbnb in between engagements to fluff myself, but the rain snarled up traffic so I didn’t have time. Long story short: I found myself in a Sephora having various powders and blushes and bronzers and I don’t even know what put all over my face…I’d just gone in for some lipstick! I know I looked pretty rain-streaked when I got there, but the very sweet guy who transformed me into an adult-looking woman was very kind and said he would just ‘touch up’ my makeup. Hahaha.

Later that night I used one of my travel face wipes to clean my face, and couldn’t believe the amount of makeup that came off. I had to use a second one, which has never happened before. I wondered, do most women go through this? Like, every day? Any why? I think it’s probably a more touchy topic than I think, with a closet full of answers and differing thoughts and opinions.

I am a person who thinks most women are downright beautiful as-is. When I stumble upon a makeup tutorial video my eyes get all huge as I watch the transformation…my thought process goes something like this:

*But…she’s already so pretty!

*Wait, what is she doing?


*Whoa. She looks like a completely different person! What is this alien technology??

But, that’s me. And I’m not coming from a place of judgement, but one of wonder.

What about you? Do you wear makeup? Do you love it? Do you like it on other people?

Tell me: I’m curious.



  1. Christina P

    November 5th, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I love makeup, mainly because of the packaging. But the only makeup I own is one foundation (which I use on rare occasions when I really care about my skin looking really even), one mascara, one blush and one eye-liner. When I wear make-up it’s usually just mascara and blush. I bought the eyeliner because I wanted to do lines on my lids with those little wings that some women do, but I haven’t mastered that technique and the liner I bought seems wrong for it because it’s kind of dry-ish. I used to wear more makeup when I was younger but I was never “good at it” and eventually I just pretty much stopped. But I admire my sister who always looks gorgeous and puts on her makeup with skill, and never overdoes it. She has tons of makeup, and it’s really fun to look at all her containers and makeup packages.

  2. Amanda Janik

    November 5th, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I also really admire people who can put on makeup with skill and ease. It’s just something I never really learned how to do…and, uh, I went to Barbizon! Hahaha

  3. Sara

    November 6th, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Amanda, I unfortunately don’t really have anything to offer beyond what you have written. I just wanted to let you know that there’s another woman that feels basically the same way you do about make up . That said when I’m trying to make a positive impression I do tend to reach for my mascara, foundation. blush, and a Burt’s bees tinted lip balm. This is mostly out of insecurity that my eyes look relatively small and my skin is uneven . But once I have even skin then I feel like my cheeks need to look like their glowing a little bit ….As if from a hearty laugh or a quick sprint to the corner .

  4. Amanda Janik

    November 6th, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Maybe the answer is that we should all just laugh heartily more. I like this plan.

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