Saving Face: Makeup 101


I’ve been talking to you guys about Mami Swagger for a while, haven’t I? I talk a good game, don’t you think? Well, I can say that like you, I’m trying.  Keeping up some semblance of being fine, sexy and beautiful while wearing yoga pants and attempting to scoop poop out of recently washed panties is not easy. Let. Me. Tell. You.

I think I told you guys recently that I had bad acne in high school.  I never really fell in love with makeup.  When I used it, it was to try and cover up the blemishes so there was always a certain amount of stress associated with it.  Looking back, I don’t think I ever shook that. So when I met Cat during the Chevy Orlando event and she said she would love to show me a few things I thought, okay.  I’m up for the challenge. Next thing you know, I found myself staring at a beautiful space. I’m not kidding! This is what it looked like:

When she opened the drawers, I felt a little like the way I feel when I open a calculus book (you know, if I were EVER to open a calculus book).  A little queasy and overwhelmed with a slight desire to bolt out of the nearest exit.

Thankfully, Cat is so chill and laid back that I simply took my seat while chit chatting and soon forgot how inept I am with this stuff. As directed I had brought over my (laughable) makeup stock. She didn’t laugh. She grabbed some things out and we got right to work.

First thing she called bullshit on: me taking care of my face. I have been using some awesome Neutrogena products lately and my skin has felt so great. But I was telling her that I had sensitive skin that would sometimes flake a bit. Cat touched the exact spot that I was mentally projecting into her head and then proceeded to ask me about my water intake. Um, yeah, about that. I’ve been slacking. So good news: my skin looks good I just need to hydrate it.

That was the first of MANY things I learned. Ms. Thang talked to me about my moisturizer and for the first time ever explained to me when I should put it on.  And, do you know what serum is for? Because I surely have been lathering it on my face and obviously had no clue what it was really doing. Cat told me that I should NOT put moisturizer on when my face was completely dry. Moisturizer is supposed to lock in the moisture on your skin (DUH!) so if my face is dry, what’s it doing? She also explained that the serum gets deeper into the skin and then the moisturizer locks that in thereby letting it to its magic. Did you know that? If you did, why didn’t you tell me?!

Cat was patient and SO knowledgable.  I guess it comes with four years of doing beautiful makeup.  We had a good time. Me, trying to take notes. Her, trying to throw on makeup and doing a great job instructing me.  I found out that I had made a good color matching choice when I went with Neutrogena (yay me!).  She took me through how to apply concealer, the foundation, the eye color, the eyeliner, you name it. Oh before I forget. Do you know what primer is? For your face, not your walls. I do!

At some point in time, though I realized there was makeup on one side of my face only. And then the panic set in when she said “let me not get too crazy on the colors since you have to reproduce this on the other side”. Eh, what?! I’ve seen makeup classes on TV, Cat.  And I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone actually do anything to themselves! Suddenly the room felt really small and I was reminded of the nerves I got when I was taking the SAT.

Suddenly it was my turn and dammit wouldn’t you know it? I can do makeup! I was sooo happy! Now, don’t get me wrong, I made a few mistakes but, I did it.  Thankfully I did it well enough so that my face didn’t look all mismatched.  Cat put me at ease by telling me that the good thing about makeup is that it can always be fixed.  After looking at the finished product I realized that 3 hours had passed. THREE HOURS PEOPLE! Where had the time gone?

I was left with a beautiful face and so much information on how I can add a little something to my day to up my Mami Swagger.  I felt like a million bucks.  But you know what the BEST part of the entire experience was?

Cat worked with what I had. Not just my face but my makeup bag. She was able to tell me what was good in there and what wasn’t so good.  And then, she didn’t give me the $500 alternative.  She gave me choices based on my budget and my spending habits. I left with a shopping list of things that I needed in my bag that wouldn’t drain my wallet.  I don’t think I would’ve gotten that if I went to a makeup counter.

Having a private session put me at ease but you know what? I think it would’ve also been fun with a couple of my friends. Either way, I am ecstatic with the end result which is multi-prong:

  1. I got to wear pretty makeup
  2. I got to learn about pretty makeup
  3. I got to experiment with pretty makeup
  4. I didn’t spend the kid’s college fund on pretty makeup

Now the challenge will be whether or not I’ll keep this up. I love the fact that I was sent home to practice because, practice makes perfect. Next time you see me out and about, check out my face (or my Instagram). I hope to be making Cat proud by wearing makeup that’s simply me.

This is the makeup I did myself…Not bad, eh?

Ok, I think I can do this on the regular!

Have you been to a makeup artist and if so, what was your experience like?

If you’re in the Central Florida area and want to book your own makeup lesson with this terrific makeup artist, give her a shout on her website. Tell her I sent you!


Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Organizada Planner  and My Mamihood. She was selected as one of Latina Magazine's top Blogger to Know and Latina Magazine's top 10 Mommy bloggers. Mothering a 6-year old little girl and figuring out why the clean laundry won't automatigically insert itself where it belongs round out her current passions. Sili is deeply committed to changing the world and coaching you right along toward your purpose. She is viciously awesome. Sili raises armies and builds empires. She also bakes cookies and thangs.


  1. You did a fab job!
    Not that you need make up at all!

  2. So fun!!! I love makeup, but hate spending the time doing it! I hired a makeup artist to walk me through makeup application and products and she also highly recommended using a prime which I wasn’t before. I thought something was wrong with my skin for awhile, but realized as the seasons change so do my skincare needs, and I needed to adjust my makeup as well. I’m BIG into skincare versus makeup, when I was a teenager I was for sure I would be Neutrogena’s next IT girl haha!! It’s always been very important for my skin to be at it’s best and I’ve spend some money ensuring so. But makeup ehh I get frustrated easily with makeup even though I have a who drawer full of it. During the summer I don’t wear any because my skin and the heat do not mix, and anything I put on melts – terrific!!! So fun you got this one on one lesson and you didn’t feel pressured to but new products!
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  3. So you know the next time we have a meeting via skype you will need to have makeup. Girl, you look amazing. Keep it up. Now you know why I love makeup so much. And yes, Cat is awesome!!!!

  4. What a great job! I love it, you are still you but with great smokey eyes! Keep up the good work!
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  5. I love it! I regularly don’t use any makeup but I do it for some special occasions.
    Great job!

  6. I have the same problem that you have! I love make up, but don’t wear it because of my acne. I want to meet Cat now. LOL

  7. I have been to a makeup artist and you are right about them being 100% on the money about calling you out. “You don’t moisturize, do you?” That’s what I get. And here’s the thing, each year… once a year… I buy a few hundred dollars worth of products which I use incorrectly and then put away. I had no idea of when you were supposed to apply moisturizer, either. Thank you for the tip!

  8. In my past career as an Executive Producer, I dealt with many make up artists from celebrity ones to just normal good ones and personally I have had good and bad experiences with make up artists. I now only trust the ones that I have known for years and LOVE to get GLAM for my red carpet appearances with webcitygirls!
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  9. I’m so glad you enjoyed your experience with me Sili! I can’t wait to see you experiment with a bit of color, like that pretty purple you have. I have to tell you that I was surprise to see you with the black liner when you did your own makeup, but I love it, It looks really good on you! and you know what? I was looking to try that Neutrogena foundation you have, I really like it 🙂

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  10. Como Presentadora de Noticias y como actriz he tenido que trabajar con muchos make up artist, pero es cierto, si no te sientes conforme con el maquillaje, no proyectas la misma seguridad. Te sientes incómoda y se nota. Ahora trato de maquillarme yo misma, a menos que sea algo que requiera maquillaje profesional.. Siempre es muy interesante lo que compartes.

  11. No me maquillo por lo general y cuando lo hago solo uso pestañina y labial, así que no sé mucho del tema. Me encantaría tener la experiencia de estar con una profesional!

  12. Chandra Says: July 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    She did an amazing job!!!! Wish I lived in Orlando or had a special event to go to there so she could work on me!

  13. Wow chica, you do look like a million bucks. I can’t even begin to imagine the fun you girls had. Awesome job.

  14. monica young Says: July 10, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Great post. Love the way you look, very natural make up

  15. Barbara Mascareno Says: July 10, 2012 at 12:49 am

    You look great! And playing with makeup is always fun…it must be a girl thing 🙂

  16. You did a great job! I really like the natural look your make up has. Love it!

  17. I noticed these pictures right away, because you look absolutely stunning in them! I’d totally love to do this.

  18. I cannot go out without makeup. I’m use to it. I don’t wear a lot, but at least something. I love you makeup, especially the eyes.
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  19. You look amazing…
    Love the post
    I studied Make up 🙂

  20. […] had me riding a Wave of Sorrow that I had not expected, learning how do to my own make up and writing a Letter to My Younger Self as I headed off to my high school […]

  21. Wow you have so much makeup and stuff in your drawer, I love your smokey eyes you always look gorgous <3

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