Welcome to my blog! Come in, have a seat – no, not that one, I spilled some nail polish there a little while ago. I’m Amelia, and I’m a klutz – but you could probably tell that from the way I just tripped over a shoe on the floor while showing you in.

I’ve never been grace incarnate. In school, I was the band geek, not the athlete. Now that I’m an old lady in my thirties, I’m still pretty much a geek, though without the band. I love Doctor Who and Star Trek. I really want to learn how to program in Python. The concept of “beauty” as some sort of societal ideal isn’t really something I focus on compared to, well, everything else in the world that’s more important (like why Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse got cancelled so prematurely!). In fact, it wasn’t until a year or so ago that I really got interested in makeup for the first time in my life. I mean, I went through the usual teenage “throw on some eyeshadow and mascara for the boys” phase, but I never really learned how to pick or coordinate colors, or how to do things like, er, apply eyeliner without turning myself into a raccoon.

My current makeup obsession started with a wedding and a lipstick. Specifically, my wedding, and the MAC Captive lipstick suggested by the makeup artist I hired to pretty me up for the event. Something about the way she made me look like still-me-but-better, and then the way that lipstick just felt like luxury in a tube, hit a switch in my mind that hadn’t registered before: makeup can be for me. It doesn’t have to be there “for the men to like” or “because I have to put on my face before I can go out” or “because I have imperfections I need to cover up” – I can use makeup just because I like the way it makes me look, or because I’m feeling playful about colors, or to bring out features I love rather than to hide ones I don’t like. I don’t have to wear it every day, and in fact, I don’t. Makeup for me is a fun thing I do when I want to, rather than something I have to do so I can leave the house without feeling like I’m bad at performing “womanhood”.

Ever since I learned what makeup can be, I’ve been on a quest to learn, well, how to do it. It turns out when you don’t spend your formative years learning all the tricks, that can be a tall order, especially when you’re not the world’s most coordinated girl to begin with. My looks tend to consist of knowing what I want, and then hoping it all works out somehow when I execute it. And to be honest, I think that’s how a lot of us work this stuff.

The really great bloggers, the ones we all subscribe to, have worked incredibly hard to acquire the skills they use to create their work, and I suspect most makeup and craft bloggers are also blessed with goodly amounts of hand-eye coordination. But for the rest of us, it matters how easy or hard something is to do, and whether it can be replicated by someone who’s perhaps not all that fantastic at what they’re doing. That’s why sites like The Pintester have become so popular – it’s great to see what someone really good at what they do can make, but we also want to know what happens when the average person tries the same thing.

And that’s what I’m aiming for here at The Makeup Klutz. I’m not going to be the person who publishes perfect photos of perfect looks on a perfect face. I couldn’t be if I tried; I’d just spend a lot of time being frustrated. When you come here, you’re going to see what this stuff looks like when done by someone unskilled-to-average who’s learning their way as they go. No perfect edges, no magical contouring, no flawless cuticles or skin. Just someone who likes playing with makeup doing what she likes, so that you can see how yours might come out. If that sounds useful to you, great! Pull up a chair – no, still not that one – and stay a while to read and comment 🙂


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