I had my makeup done by the make up artist from Steel Magnolias. I asked her how she got the gig and she said that she had been in the right place at the right time.

I wonder how that could happen.

I’m imagining the lead Make up Artist rushing into a drugstore shouting, “Lips everywhere! We just can’t handle all this!”

“I’ve got a lip brush,” the MUA must have said, “and I’m not afraid to use it.”

Anyway, I expect Miss Parton had her own personal make up person. It’s a specialized skill, after all.

I don’t have those skills, but I admire people who do. Once a local news anchor came into the bookstore I managed. I have never seen such flawless makeup. I must have been staring, because she smiled demurely and said, “Yes, it’s me.”

I had no idea who she was.  I just admired her technique. Fortunately, she wrote a check and I was able to pretend that I had in fact recognized her.

The MUA flourished a brush hither and thither around my face, painted my lips, and sent me off to get a picture taken. I do not have a copy of the picture, though I suppose they might send them to us or something. If a miracle takes place and it looks good I’ll share it.

I’m not anticipating that. I still look pretty to myself in the mirror, but that is because I mentally overlay my current face with my past face, which looked quite nice. I think I do this with my husband as well. I’m not sure it’s a bad thing.It doesn’t work with photos, though. On camera, I inevitably look old.

Our hosts at this event were the nice people at Therapon. They gave us Nu-peel and Anti-aging Lip Care to try out. These products sound wholesome and effective. I think that there actually are skin care products that have good effects on the skin nowadays. I am probably too old to see much improvement, but I might be able to stave off further aging to some extent.

I’ll let you know.