MARIE KONDO BROUGHT US BACK TO BASIC BEAUTY
by Catherine Spinley
We had a little epiphany last weekend and are sort of *blown away*. Saturday was lost to Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.” Fascinated by Marie and her ability to divide and conquer a house full of chaos and unnecessary excess, we began fantasizing what life would be like with a “Kondoed” apartment. While we don’t necessarily like to follow the crowd, we’d happily follow Marie into any KonMari, Neat Freak Cult, which is why Saturday night was spent on the living room floor sorting through our overgrown beauty stash.
Things got a little weird. We may have told a Tom Ford bronzer how positively joyous we felt when wearing it. A few tears were shed (truth check: those were sobs) and an incoherent, “Thank you” was muttered to a few lipsticks that all happen to be in the same shade of red. Hand to heart they were all different shades when purchased but nevertheless we parted ways….
Once our collection was culled, we took a step back and couldn’t believe our eyes! There amongst the ruins sat some OG, basic, solid beauty products long forgotten in the flurry of new launches that seem to bombard us more frequently than ever. Our MAC Ruby Woo lipstick had been lost in the shuffle of all those red liquid lipsticks. But why? Ruby Woo is classic. Ruby Woo is timeless. Ruby Woo is red lip life. This is the lipstick that spawned a thousand imitators yet none of the other reds can duplicate the matte, slightly smudged look that is the Ruby Woo.
Once we realized the error of our ways, we vowed to start using those tried and true classic products that are the true giants of our collection. Needless to say, this week has been cosmetically magical. It’s so good to be home again.
In no particular order, the basics of any makeup collection:
Did we miss any old school basics? Let us know in the comments below!
Catherine Spinley is a sometimes-writer and photographer based in New York. When not stalking other people’s dogs or yelling at people who refuse to walk up the left side of the escalator, she works in the beauty industry and practices yoga. You can read more from her at Worepaint.com.