Today Alicia and Mary and I gave each other makeovers. It's hard for me to imagine why a seven and ten year old think they want makeovers when their skin and hair are perfectly youthful, bright and shiny but these girls watch "What Not to Wear" often enough to know that the guests think they will have much better lives if their physical appearances are altered.
I was first. The girls fashioned my short white hair into eight small pony tails and then they went to work on my face. They applied face powder onto my cheeks, chin, forehead and nose. Eyes were next. This was the scary part because the action took place with my closed eyes as the palettes for young, inexperienced hands. Then came the easy part - lip gloss. This was generously applied and included a lot of the area outside the actual space of my lips. Then I was invited to the "reveal" in the bathroom. I loved it and the girls were hysterical with delight. They laughed even harder when I asked if they'd do this for me when I go to my friends' holiday party.
Then the girls took turns making each other over. Mary's long, thick hair was given an odd part and the section slung over her right ear was held in place with several bobby pins. I leaned in way close when Alicia was doing Mary's eye makeup truly worried about her vision safety but her eyeliner turned out just fine if not well-placed. I was invited to "do" Alicia's hair and so I twisted long strands and joined them together in the back. Mary offered her approval so Alicia decided to like it too. Of course, their 'dos did not compare with my ponied up style but they were satisfied.
Next came an extended game of "Mexican Train." I've spent some time thinking about that title and wondering if it might be insulting in any way but played it anyway. The reason it lasted so long was because the rules changed all time. Finally I suggested to Mary that it would be better if we were surprised by our tile choices rather than looking at them and choosing one that worked best in our favors. She huffed off at that one so Alicia and I played for another half an hour until I just couldn't stand it and asked if she wanted to watch an episode of "Zooey 101." I knew that would be a game ender so I was able to enjoy my new appearance and feel confident about my new look as do the guests on "What Not to Wear."