Forgive me for any errors in this post, I’m writing it dosed up on codeine and morphine. I’ve been back in hospital this week and I’m now under the care of a consultant for further investigation – it’s all fun and games. Since I got home, I’ve been lolloping around in a painkiller haze, rocking my unicorn jimjams (don’t know whether to be proud or horrified that I own these age 20) and desperately trying to find a new series to get into.
Something that has been SO important to me when I’ve been ill (be that mentally or physically) is PUTTING MY WAR PAINT ON. Just to clarify… by this I do not mean army stripes and tribal markings. I mean glorious MAKE UP. If you’re a regular make up wearer, like myself, putting your make up on, even when you’re feeling so shitty it’s almost beyond belief, can really help you to feel more like yourself again. People have sometimes said to me ‘are you seriously putting make up on just to sit in the house????’ but it makes me feel more like it’s a normal day. I’m not saying it’s going to cure you – can you imagine if you went to your doctor and he suggested a cheeky bit of Bobbi Brown?! – but it may help.
My family swear by this and both my mum and my nana inspire me by putting their war paint on and facing the day regardless of how rubbish they’re feeling – I’ve inherited this tip from them. Even when my grandad died, Nana Kath (as she’s known to my friends) got up every day and put her face on – next level respect for that iron lady. My make up obsessed best friend, Alice, regularly does this too and she also swears by it – I often get texts from her saying things like ‘feeling beyond shit today, so I’m going to glam myself up’ – these messages tend to be followed by selfies captioned ‘look how hot I am’ – she’s a modest one;)
I think it’s important to be realistic though – stick to something easy unless you WANT to do otherwise. For instance, I wouldn’t go for a red lipstick when I’m planning on sitting around in the house cause they can be a HELLA LOT of maintenance, but if that’s what floats your boat then go for it! That being said, if you’re gonna be sitting around at home it could be a perfect time to try out a new look. My friend, Hannah, worships the Urban Decay ‘Full Spectrum’ eye-shadow palette and will just play around with the bright colours if she’s having a day in. Do whatever is going to make YOU feel good. Put a spritz of ya nice perfume on and make yourself feel more like the spice that you are. Today, for the first time in a week, I’ve doused myself in Paul Smith for Women, put my foundation on and went for a ‘chill’ lip as Alice and I call them (that is, nothing too bold) and I feel better for it. I’m still in a loaaaad of pain but I feel more like my usual self.
Putting my war paint on has helped me in SO many different situations – when I’ve been depressed, when I’ve been in pain, when I’ve been ill and stuck in the house or when I’ve got a shitty day ahead (I tend to go for a red lip in that case, you can read about this here). It makes me feel more like I’m ready to BATTLE. I feel like winged eye liner is a perfect type of war paint – if you nail it you surely must feel like the God of all women – personally, I never have succeeded in this and it doesn’t even suit my eye shape – you win some, you lose some, ay?
Above are two photos of me with my war paint on – the one on the right is a photo of me today. Clearly, in neither photos, am I looking my finest – you can see that my eyes are a bit squiffy because of the painkillers and I look a bit… vacant;) but at least I don’t look like a walking corpse, as much as I may feel like one.
Do you have a certain make up look that you wear to help you get through the day? Is there a certain product that you ALWAYS use as part of your war paint? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Stacks of love,