Antiquing. This can be either: (a) a thing you do when you visit quaint towns on vacation, or (b) what happens when you heavily apply pressed powder to your entire face after the age of 40.
After you hit 40, pressed powder is something that must be lightly dusted onto minimal areas of your face as sparingly as you might sprinkle uranium into your drinking water. It should be like a tiny lady fruit fly accidentally inhaled some powder and then coughed it onto your face through a tiny fruit fly handkerchief and said in a tiny lady voice, “Oh, I’m ever so sorry, I just can’t seem to shake this fruit fly cold! Can I trouble you for a tiny teacup of hot water and lemon?”, and then you give it to her despite the fact that she is vermin, because she’s so goddamned adorable.
I mean, don’t let me stop you if antiquing is something you’re into, or if you work part-time as a ghost tour guide in a southern city and it’s your intent to frighten tourists from Canada (like that’s hard). Or even if you just want someone to mistake you for Paula Deen, then feel free to spackle it on. It’s not like you can really see her face under the pointy white hood anyway. Go ahead, give yourself a biscuit face. What the hell do I care? I’m not the police! (Yet.)
Now, if you must know, I am the oiliest person who has ever lived, so this antiquing thing creates a real dilemma for me in the oil-slick-on-the-face department. Noooobody needs powder more than I do. As it is, I am probably single-handedly financing the CEO’s yearly bonus at the blotting tissue company. My face gets so shiny, birds fly into it like it’s one of those all-glass buildings. If I don’t put any powder on at all, I will be as reflective as C3-PO within 20 minutes of putting on my makeup. People will look at me and make clever remarks to each other such as, “Shit!”, or “Is it just me or does that tin man have A-cups?”
I’m thinking you’re catching what I’m throwing here. I’m shiny.
That being said, if I do put powder on, it will gravitate and collect in my fine lines within twenty minutes and look like I have drawn whiskers on my face with white chalk. Not that I don’t ever draw whiskers on my face with white chalk, but not usually for work, or casual evenings out, or any activities where I’m not in the Broadway revival of Cats.
Semi-related – and just throwing this out here so that I can set the record straight once and for all – I do not enjoy Broadway musicals. Like, at all. I’m not sure where things went wrong with regard to my feelings on the subject though, because most people I know wrongly assume that I enjoy Broadway musicals.
I don’t think Broadway musicals are a crime against humanity or anything, they’re just not my scene. As soon as someone walks out onto a stage and takes that big “theater voice” diaphragm-breath, arms outstretched, with their eyes and smile all wide to really belt out that first note, I mentally go, “NEXT!” If I could hit a button to make a trap door open under them before they could get the first note out, that’d be ideal.
When my chorus teacher took us to see the traveling Broadway production of Les Miserables in middle school, while everyone else was oohing and ahhing, I was sitting there going, “WHEN IS THIS OVER??”. Then I bought the Les Miserables t-shirt in the gift shop, because I always have to buy something from the gift shop, because I’ve been told by society that women be shoppin’.
People have really tried to get me to come around on this, too.
“I know you say you don’t like musicals, but wait until you see Avenue Q!”
“I get it, you don’t like musicals. But this one is different! You’ll love Wicked!”
I know that even right at this second you’re thinking, “Well, I bet Hamilton would change her mind!” You would be wrong. Not because I’ve seen Hamilton and hated it. I haven’t seen it. I have no plans to see it. Because I do not like Broadway musicals. Because I know that no matter what, there is no way someone doesn’t walk out onto a stage at some point and do that big “theater voice” diaphragm-breath, arms outstretched, with their eyes and smile all wide to really belt out that first note.
This is surely confusing for you given my publicly-proclaimed love of Grease 2, but the only reasons I love that movie are because (a) it was never a Broadway musical, (b) it was a movie starring a movie star, and (c) Michelle Pfeiffer does not have an even passable singing voice, which is a quality I love in a singer more than anything. Also, if we’re being perfectly honest here, Adrian Zmed makes me uncomfortable in an entirely satisfying way, like when you press your knuckle into your gums just a little too hard and you’re thinking, “Why am I doing this thing that kind of hurts? Because I can’t not do it, that’s why!”
And, my god, that jacket on Michelle Pfeiffer. The first time I saw that movie, on that part during my favorite number “Cool Rider”, when she flips that pink satin Pink Ladies jacket inside out and we get to see that it’s black leather on the inside, I thought my 6-year old heart was going to explode out of my chest. I knew right at that moment, that jacket was a perfect representation of everything I wanted to be in life.
It’s like that episode of Sex and The City where Harry shows Charlotte the photo of the baby they’re adopting from China and she looks at the photo and starts crying and says, “That’s her. That’s our baby.” But way more important. Hello, people? There are billions of babies in the world! How many reversible jackets are there out there with pink satin on the outside and black leather on the inside?!
It almost makes a tin man with A-cups believe in miracles.