Full Makeup

Full Makeup

As each wispy object she attaches to her face,
these extraneous objects seem somewhat out of place.
They flutter  from her eyelids like moths before the flame—
just the opening number in her makeup game.

As she smooths on her concealer, then powders over all,
she does not see me watching her out here in the hall.
Never does she hesitate. Brushes grow ever finer
as she patiently applies shadow and eye liner.

She does it all so expertly with such consistent flair,
then carefully begins to work to rearrange her hair.
A little mousse to set the curls, a little spray of mist
and she’s prepared a face that is ready to be kissed.

When she comes home, the hair is mussed, one eyelash is askew.
One eyelid seems to be of a slightly lighter hue.
Although her hairdo’s fallen, still her mood seems somewhat lighter.
Her lipstick gone, and yet somehow her color seems much brighter.

One little word transforms a girl to another realm.
Makes an unsure teenager the captain at the helm.
Just change “make up” to “make out” and her heart takes wing.
And woe to any parent who notices a thing!

Prompt words today were flair, hesitate, spray and extraneous.


22 thoughts on “Full Makeup

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    This is hilarious, Judy. I remember that I first used lipstick at the age of 26, when my mother, may she rest in peace, shoved it at me and remarked, “You are pale bordering on green; here – put some color on your face.” Those over-extended eyelashes are a hoot nowadays!


      1. koolkosherkitchen

        Yep. With my mother, I couldn’t possibly wear the same dress to two weddings, as it would embarrass her, so I had to have a new one made every time. She was very happy to pay for them, though.


        1. lifelessons Post author

          I bet you didn’t object much. I used to love to inherit clothes from my two older sisters. They seemed more precious than new ones because I usually would have been covetous of them for years before inheriting them. After me, my mother inherited them and was just as happy to be next in line. They both had good taste in clothing.

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  2. Martha Kennedy

    This is great. I didn’t even wear lipstick until I was in my 30s and I had a tendency to miss my lips and hit my teeth. A guy said, “You have lipstick on your teeth.” I said, “Is that wrong?” Saving face, literally…

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Have you seen the newest? eyelashes for your nostrils.. I guess there is a possibility of anything when it comes to face fashion. I won’t be buying any hair extensions for my nostrils, I can guarantee you.

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