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What does Julia Child have to do with Makeup? 

I don’t know if you are a “foodie”, or even know about Julie Child, but suffice it to say, she was an incredible force for women and the culinary world 70+ years ago.  If you don’t know me, I am a food lover.  Almost nothing gets me more excited than trying a new restaurant or recipe.  Almost, nothing.  Enter makeup…  From a young age I discovered the mystery and playfulness that makeup brought me.  With my face the canvas, I would stare for hours in my bedroom mirror trying to mimic magazine covers and begging for the latest Lancôme color collections from my parents.

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” 
Julia Child

Let me tell you, when it came to my makeup artistry it was lots of trial and error.  In other words, the eye shadow look was muddy, the liquid liner wasn’t even, my face looked like a mask or the colors were just wrong.  But isn’t that just the thing?  How else can we explore ourselves or even master something if we don’t bake a cake that gets stuck in the pan?  I speak with women all the time who want to try color, find a more natural look, understand contouring, you name it.  The one thing we all have in common is that no one will nail it perfectly each time.  And guess what?  It’s just you and your mirror working it out.

“If you drop the lamb, just pick it up. Who's going to know?” 
Julia Child

So, what does that mean for you, or me, on any given day of the week?  It’s your face, own it, don’t apologize for it, live in your individual beauty.  Guess what?  Your eyebrows are uneven, one eye is probably smaller than the other, and that [cake, cocktail, bag of chips, baby] resulted in [a pimple, dark circles, puffiness].  You are not alone.  There is a solution to that and isn’t that the beauty of beauty. 

“I would far prefer to have things happen as they naturally do, such as the mousse refusing to leave the mold, the potatoes sticking to the skillet, the apple charlotte slowly collapsing. One of the secrets of cooking is to learn to correct something if you can, and bear with it if you cannot.” 
Julia Child

Tomorrow morning, when you get up to rush about, think about judging yourself a little less.  Pick up that liquid liner and give it a try.  Buy that bright colored palette that you have had your eye on.  Take your red lipstick you leave for “special occasions” and put it on just because.  If it doesn’t work out, no one is in that mirror but you, and I know you have makeup remover.

“Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again”        Julia Child

Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking


And just because I completely agree:   “A party without cake is just a meeting”  ― Thanks Julia


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