Welcome to a new segment on Conflicted Beauty, I Peer Into, in which I open up women's makeup bags or beauty cupboards and discuss what these items mean to them: why they like them, what their routine looks like, how makeup makes them feel... Seeing what the "every day" woman uses always fascinates me, and these sort of posts are always some of my favorite to read. On a deeper level, I also want to explore other women's relationship to makeup: How it quite literally makes-up their lives, how comfortable they are, or not, with or without makeup, and how it shapes their everyday routine. With so many of us owning bags full of ink, powders, and colored creams that will dress our face, how do we come to choose a specific beauty arsenal? What do the contents reveal, and can they?
It felt right, then, to start with Maureen: she exudes grace and elegance, and always looks so effortlessly put-together (though she'd be quick to disagree). She also has the insight of an old soul, and her advice and outlook on the world is always perfectly polished. Maureen and I met our freshman year of college (we were roommates) and she's now become one of my closest friends. By some beautiful serendipity, she also happens to live one block away from where I live in Brooklyn, so it was no surprise that I came knocking at her door with my camera and a few questions ready. As she served me tea, I nosily emptied the contents of her makeup bag, sifted through each items, and swatched various products on the back of my hand. Observing from her balcony, smoking her cigarette, Maureen answered my questions.