I saw this type of post on one of my favorite blogs (Buy Now Blog Later) so I thought I’d give it a try with David, my very game fiancé. To be fair, David’s had a lot of beauty experience courtesy of the countless shopping trips I’ve sent him on over the years (and believe me, it’s been a lot: our relationship will hit the ten-year mark this fall). He works with computer technology so this is in no way his area of expertise and he’s only started really paying attention to me apply makeup lately. I followed the tag’s rules: I stated the product type and asked its purpose, then wrote down, verbatim, his response (my comments are in italics). I also linked to what I use for each category in case you’re interested in my favorites. Get ready to giggle–I sure did.
…Is to add a base layer to your face, to smooth it out and act as-just like you prime anything when you paint. To give you a consistent texture to apply the rest of the makeup to. Why are you looking at me like I’m wrong? [He looked so serious, I was just stifling a grin already.]
[Really long pause] …Is to contour the parts of your face that you want highlighted or brought out. You’re defining highlighting at the end there. That’s what it is. How do you know? Because it’s a highlighter. Have you bought me a highlighter? [Shakes head. Side note: He had.] I don’t know have I? You bought me the light-bulb one. Mhmm [unconvinced].
It’s the one I defined before. Face powder? Not really. Ok, to give your face a more natural look after all your makeup is applied. What you put on your face to finish your makeup. I don’t know. It blends it all in. You’re looking at me like I’m crazy. I’m not. [I was holding back a laugh again.]
…Is to add color above your, on your upper eyelids. And in between your eyebrows [Side note: Huh?]. It makes your eyes stand out. How? Because it makes, when someone looks at you, they’re more likely to look at your eyes first because they’re darker and more defined. What’s your favorite color eye shadow on me? I like what you do. That purple-y grayish color [Side note: I don’t ever use anything purple or gray, but I do blend beige with black so maybe that’s what he sees?] Or brownish. You do different things though.
…To outline the inside of your eye, which makes me freak out because I don’t like it. Why don’t you like it? I don’t know, you’re drawing on the inside of your eyelid and I don’t like it. [Side note: He also hates when I curl my eyelashes.]
…To get your eyelashes ready for mascara. To smooth them out and I don’t know, be a primer for mascara. Or false eyelashes maybe? [I stifle a laugh.] No, to allow the mascara to cling onto them easier.
…To extend or draw in parts of the eyebrows that need to be expanded or filled in. Do you notice when woman have filled in their eyebrows? No. On me or other people too? No. You think I’m looking at people’s eyebrows?
…To outline your lips and make there be a broadly defined border between the color of your lips and the lipstick and the rest of your face.
[Confidently] Hairspray you use on your face so that your makeup sticks if you need to have it on for a long period of time. I just explained that to you when we were out shopping the other day because I’ve been considering buying one. [Nods smugly.]
…A little spongy thingy that’s used to blend your makeup in a more precise fashion than just using your fingers. Also to clean up mistakes. It can act almost as eraser tool. Or a blur tool if you’re using Photoshop! You just had to get a computer reference in. [Smiles, from the both of us.]