Howard Magazine - Page 6 - Looking good, feeling good

Howard Magazine
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Looking good, feeling good
There’s a scene in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” that reminds me of how I once felt about makeup.

Midge, a type-A1950s housewife, settles into bed next to her husband, waits until he’s asleep and then sneaks into the bathroom to wipe off her makeup. After a few hours of shut-eye with her hair in curlers and her face covered in cold cream, she again scurries to the bathroom, recreates her daytime look and climbs back into bed, with her husband still sound asleep. The goal? He’d never see her looking less than flawless.

I’ve never gone to that extreme, but not so long ago, I wouldn’t have left the house without makeup. I saw cosmetics as a way to mask my fl aws, and I felt vulnerable if I wasn’t fully painted and powdered.

I’ve scaled back over the years, but I still feel a confi dence boost when I see my made-up refl ection (and a mild wave of horror when I’m rocking dark circles under my eyes, instead).

Looking good and feeling good are inextricably connected, and as we explore in this issue, research suggests a confi dence boost is good for our physical wellbeing, too. (See our story on salons in senior housing, page 40.)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to see cosmetics less as armor for my self-esteem and more as a festive fashion statement, the way they’re presented in our cover story. Ellicott City-based makeup artist Maeion Bryant demonstrated fi ve bold looks for this season, ranging from retro red lips and cat-eye liner to shimmery gold shadow (page 28). Each option suggests occasion to give it a try.

After all, if you’re going through the effort to get fancy, why not have a little fun with it?

Rachel Cieri Mull