Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I didn't believe it was possible, but I have found someone that loves make-up as much as I do!!

Marlena the Make Up Geek!

I sort of stumbled on to her site while googling make-up techniques and I've been hooked ever since! Marlena's site contains tutorial videos, product reviews, a make-up "store," idea galleries, and a forum for make-up discussions.

The step-by-step video tutorials are awesom. Marlena not only shares her technique, she also shares the make-up brands and shades (usually a great mix both high-end AND drug store varieties!) and the brush types for each application. I am in heaven,

Though you wouldn't know it by looking at me today (stupid upper respiratory infection) I LOVE make-up! I was very lucky that my introduction to make-up coincided with my mother's job at Clinique when I was about 10, so I learned to use make-up with some pretty quality stuff. I've been a "3 stepper" for most of the past 30 years, and I owe a mostly acne free adolesence to that fact.

Every so often, Mother would bring home old testers or a new free gift. I had ammased quite a collection by the time Mother let me wear make up, around 12. I pored over magazines and books to learn what colors and techniques would look best. I practiced on all my friends. No one ever refused.

Eye shadow was a particular passion. I was always jealous of my brown-eyed friends. All of my favorite colors look the best on brown eyes. I loved to make up my friend Melanie, with her chocolate brown eyes and large lids, a perfecr canvas. My own eyes are blue, with small lids, that are somewhat hooded, (and getting more hooded by the day).

My knowledge of make-up has served me well over the years. I spent many weekend nights playing official make-up artist for my friends. Several friends asked me to make them up for pageants and proms and later their weddings. It was also handy in covering cuts and bruises. But that is a story for another day.

Product and techniques have changed quite a bit since I started using make up. I'm really excited to find a place where I can learn more about them. There are enough video tutorials to keep me busy for weeks.

Won't you other Make Up Geeks join me?

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