I tangoed this afternoon for the first time in 20 years, and my partner was Make Up For Ever.
No, not tango in the ballroom style (“slow, slow, quick-quick, slow!”), although that always looks like so much fun. This was more just me dancing away the late afternoon with some pieces from MUFE’s new fall 2012 collection.
Ironically…my metaphorical dancing today was much more fun than the first time I tried the real tango.
It was the spring of my senior year in high school… My friend Alex and I had taken a ballroom dance class together after seeing the movie Swing Kids (5-second synopsis: a group of teenagers in Nazi Germany band together to dance to forbidden swing music from the United States).
Yup, that’s young Christian Bale in the middle
We started out hell bent on getting good enough to do the cool aerial tricks, tosses and lifts, so every Thursday after dinner Alex would pick me up in his rickety Dodge Dart, and I’d spend the 10-minute drive to the dance studio joshing him and his ride (“Dude, if this thing breaks down, you’re gonna have to flash your hairy leg on the side of the road and pray someone pulls over to help us, ’cause there’s no way I’m pushing this boat in these heels!”).
Then we’d shuffle across the dance floor for 45 minutes, with both of us spending most of the time looking down at our feet, to learn the basics of ballroom dancing with some of Union City’s sassiest seniors.
I don’t know what we were thinking, to be honest, because we were really, really terrible. Like the worst couple in class. Alex was over six-feet tall, and I barely cleared 5 feet, even when I was stepping on his toes, LOL! Seriously, if the class had given an award for crashing into other couples and stepping on feet, that’s the only award we would have won.
As bad as we were, though, the tango was sort of our specialty, and I still remember sailing across the dance floor, repeating “slow, slow, quick-quick, slow” over and over to myself.
“Slow, slow, quick-quick, slow!” I tried to get Tabs to dance with me this afternoon, but he wasn’t in the mood… Thankfully, the new Aqua Rouge Lip Colors ($24 each), Aqua Brow ($20) and new Black Tango Palette ($45) were.
Black Tango Palette
Aqua Rouge in #1 Nude Beige on the left and #8 Red on the right
Swatches from the left: Black Tango Palette Aqua Creams in Purple, Green, Blue and Ivory; Aqua Rouge in #8 Red, #1 Nude Beige and clear gloss; Aqua Brow in #25 Ash unblended and blended
From the collection…
- The Aqua Rouges — This new line of double-ended liquid lip colors (one end is a color with a doe-foot applicator, and the other has a clear gloss with a brush) comes in 12 shades ranging from soft beige to bold berry. I just started testing today so I can’t say yet how they perform, but they claim to be smudge-proof and long-lasting, able to deliver the intense, long-lasting color of a lip stain with the eye-catching shine of a gloss.
- The Aqua Brows — The longevity theme continues with MUFE’s new Aqua Brow line. Available in seven $20 shades, these waterproof brow fillers apply as a gel but dry to a powder finish that’s supposed to able to withstand inclement conditions like rain and high temps.
- The Black Tango Palette — Inspired by Make Up For Ever Founder Dany Sanz’s love for the tango, the new Black Tango Palette ($45) houses four new limited edition shades of MUFE’s high performance Aqua Cream shadow in gem-like purple, green and blue, along with a highlighting ivory.
I’ve always liked the idea of long-wearing makeup…except when it dries out my skin or starts to look funky after a few hours. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that these pieces are able to dance the night away and then some.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How’s it going tonight? I can’t believe I forgot to ask if you saw the Curiosity landing? Pretty amazing, right? When someone asks one of those NASA scientists what they did this week, now they can say, “Oh, not much really. I sent a spacecraft to Mars.”
Yeah, that trumps me.
Right now I think I’m just going to eat a bowl of veggie chili and finish the movie I started late last night, Fool’s Gold with Matthew McConaughey. I wouldn’t call it great (by any means), but it’s not completely terrible…