Don’t let people tell you your 30s will be the best time of your life in a tone that suggests your looks will fade so you better find inner peace. Vicki’s Pick is a weekly beauty column that features Vicki’s all-time favourite beauty products and latest discoveries for women in their 30s who plan on staying pretty on the outside for a long, long time. Inner peace is optional.
How are you supposed to respond to an insult phrased as a question, such as, “Are you tired?” I’m asking because I honestly don’t know how to respond without having a complete meltdown. I always take it as an insult when a friend takes one look at me and decides to inquire about the amount of sleep I’ve managed to accumulate in recent nights because my face isn’t a Magic 8 ball of answers to what’s going on in my personal life. Besides, asking if someone is sleep deprived is just a nice way of saying, “I think you look like shit today.”
I don’t like to give anyone ammunition to get under my skin – especially by commenting on how tired said skin looks – so I combat signs of fatigue with makeup when necessary. While a good foundation does wonders, I find that a cherub-worthy blush is the best way to fake a youthful exuberance when you’re looking more haggard than usual. While I generally just wear a bit of bronzer on days when I get more than five hours of shut-eye, I actually opt for a pink hue for my cheeks on days when I really look the way I feel. That’s because I look washed out when I’m tired, so a little bit of pink lets me pretend I’m still capable of feeling things like joy, wonder, and happiness before 11am.
Right now I’m all about Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Fresh Melon/Pink Peach ($30). It’s a cream blush, so I actually find the light moistness gives an added dose of life and radiance to my cheeks. I just dot the blush on the apples of my cheeks ever-so lightly with my index or middle finger, and gently blend it up my cheekbones toward my hairline. If it looks too heavy, I just keep blending it until I get the colour I’m going for. I often apply it to my lips as well, along with a lip balm, to take feigning a youthful glow to an even greater level of awesome. Then I head out for the day, giving off the impression that I’m well rested, in good health, and full of a naive sense of hope in the world and faith in humanity. No one has to know the truth.
What are your tired-face makeup tricks? Comment below or tweet us @ViewtheVibe!