How Much Tennis Makeup Is Too Much Tennis Makeup?
The other night, over post-match brewskis at Baseline Bistro (could it get any more convenient for super sportif lushes like me than having an actual bar + yummy resty at your Racquet Club?), I looked deep into the eyes of Isabelle, one of my tennis BFFs, and gasped.
"Wait a cotton-pickin second, lady! Are you wearing false lashes?"
Turns out she was. Well, actually they were something a little more in-depth and high-maintenance than cheapie drugstore falsies: eyelash extensions.
Yes, roughly every three weeks, Isabelle heads to St. Pete's very own Pia Esthetics day spa for extensions. Then she basically sits back and waits for the compliments - oodles of oohing and aaahing - to roll in.
Although my own God-given lashes bit the dust ages ago (it's an age thing, boo hiss....), I'm not quite "there" yet in terms of extensions. For now, I've decided to just commit to my Rodan + Fields Enhancements Lash Boost for the recommended four weeks and see what happens.
(I plunked down my own hard, cold cash for that, btw; it wasn't a beauty editor freebie. So I figure I should determine whether my $150 was well-spent. More on that in a follow-up post.)
Like Isabelle, I like to look at least somewhat polished on the court. And I have to say, we're in pretty amazing company. One of our regular group partners - a 70-Something woman named Carmen - sports a full face of makeup and perfectly styled hair.
And even after three sets of tennis involving lots of running around - Isabelle calls her "The Net Ninja" - Carmen looks impeccable.
In my next life, maybe I'll come back as Lash-Max Isabelle or Impeccable Carmen.
But for now, I've settled on a few makeup basics that I feel gingerly tread the line between Just-Enough Tennis Makeup and Too Much Tennis Makeup.
All descriptions of products + why I love them - along with a very artsy pic I just took - are below. As always, most of this was gifted to me for editorial consideration. I did buy the Revlon shadow palette.
Et voilà, as the French say...
A PEEK INSIDE
1. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact: Diana + I double-endorsed this game-changer a while back and I continue to use it every day of my little ol' life. On super-humid days, I only dab on a touch - otherwise it will just end up in a smeary puddle on my tennis towel. But you cannot beat that SPF 50 UVA / UVB protection, and it provides just enough sheer coverage to look fresh without veering into Scary Makeup Lady territory.
2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye: If you're sensing an IT theme, that's because it's - by far - one of my fave brands. This is a real wonder-product - and waterproof to boot. A mega-concealer that basically puts all your eye "issues" - dark circles, fine lines, etc - in Witness Protection. Last week I was in New York, and my dear buddy Vix took one look at Botox-Free me and said: "Your eyes look amazing." It ain't me babe, it's my mega-concealer.
3. KINX Gel Eyeliner: These durable numbers are flying under the radar (read: this brand is new and nobody knows about it yet), but they are so, so good. They're perspiration-proof and last forever. You basically have to beg them to leave your eyeballs. (Or coax 'em off with a good eye makeup remover.)
4. Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Not Just Nudes: I have these palettes in several color ways + I just heart them so frigging much. I love that I can just drop my grubby little finger in and paint away. They're just really easy, and pretty, and I completely live for crème textures.
5. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Continuing on my "crème theme," this two-fer saves a little bit of space in my already-crammed tennis bag. I think the shade I own - Pretty Powerful Pink - was a special promotion. But trust me when I tell you that there are many other gorgeous options on the Bobbi Brown website. I kinda want every color.