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Hi, I'm Whitney! I am a middle of the pack runner who discovered the fun of triathlons in 2009. Join me in my adventures in life and training. I run with the Rush Running team and enjoy the fun that comes with such a supportive group of friends who understand what running means to me. I'm newly discovering road biking and the fun that it entails.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

IT's about time...learning about makeup

At a recent party I noticed that one of my friend's had the most amazing eye makeup.  She is one of my triathlete buddies and she can go from athlete to glam in a flash.  I joked with her that I needed a make up lesson and she signed me up for a personal class with her this weekend.  I'm going to share some of my friend Britt's tips with you all.  I'm not a beauty blogger rather just a regular girl that has always leaned towards very little makeup since I just didn't know how to put it on that well.

We met up at Ulta to do some pre-shopping before the lesson.  I picked up some new products including a couple of new eye shadows, eye liner, mascara, and some moisturizer.  I have been squeaking out the last bit of moisturizer over the last week so it was definitely time for a new purchase. Shopping in the anti-wrinkle, anti-aging section is only slightly depressing.

My purchases included eye shadow from Urban Decay.  I won't lie...I sat down on the floor in the store and tried out the different colors on my hand in order to decide on the two colors to buy.  I went with Easy Baked which is one of 78 different shades that they offer.  I also selected an accent color which is darker to wear in the crease.  For this, I chose a color called bust which has a light purple tone to it.  For both color choices, I went towards the less extreme color options...have to ease into color!

After our shopping, we headed to Britt's house for the lesson.  To get started I showed her my current eye makeup routine.  I got praised for having good technique in how I apply makeup but failed in that my current color selection was skin tone and thus not actually that noticeable.  I left one eye done up with my old colors and then did the second eye with the new colors.  The difference was pretty significant with the extra color and made a huge difference.  It was hard to redo the original eye in the new colors since normally you do both eyes at the same time so you don't forget a step.  The most important lesson was to blend, blend, blend.  Also, she gave me the fun ideas for eye liner such as how to extend the liner beyond the eye.  It was crazy how something so simple makes a difference.


Here's my new eye color scheme! It's a horrible selfie but in my defense it is pretty hard to capture your eye makeup in a pic!  Outside of the eye color change, Britt also coached me on adding some bronzer and highlight product to brighten up my look and enhance my cheekbones.  I'm going to venture into the changes slowly but definitely going to try and be more polished in my look.  

On Monday, I was shocked when several co-workers noticed and complimented me on the new eye makeup.  I texted Britt and let her know that her lessons were successful! I can see the payoff of putting a little more effort into my look and feeling more professional in my appearance at work.  Something about turning 35 makes me feel like I need to be more polished and I'm glad to discover that I can get that look for virtually the same amount of time as I was doing before by selecting better color options.  And so my look doesn't get boring, I have a feeling I'll be returning to the store to pick up some alternate color options.


  1. um... let me start with "you are beautiful" and end with "WOW... that makeup looked awesome on you"! I think we are similar in the fact that we both steer towards the simple, natural and non time consuming. However... after seeing that pic of your eyes - i think you should participate actively in Makeup Mondays!