|"Oh, honey, your new foundation looks great. You don't look orange at all!"|
We have all been there before.
It can happen anywhere. In your bedroom, a public dressing room, the office, a club, your car... But the situation is always the same: A friend prances up to you excitedly asking, "So? How do I look today?"
As she twirls and flicks her blow-dried hair, all you can think of, "Good grief, her face is ORANGE."
The next thought is, "How do I tell her?!"
You have to tell her of course. She is a good friend after all. Who else will put up with your drunk-dialing at 3 am, laugh at your dirty stories and cry with you on a bad day? You HAVE to. Its your God-given duty to do so. Its practically an Act of Charity.
Unless you are planning to head out and figure that Lil' Miss Orange Face here will make you look more attractive to the boys.
For me, it depends on how close a friend she is but my standard modus operandi is the same. I usually bring the conversation around to makeup before tactfully saying something along the lines of, "Hey, I like your foundation finish but I think its a little too pink/yellow/light/dark for you."
The next time we head out, I try to include a trip to a cosmetics counter as well so she can get a new foundation.
However, those really close to me get the direct: "Dude, what foundation are you using? You look awful! No, I don't care that it's bloody Lancome, you look like you are fifty and over the hill. We are going to pick up guys, not scare them off. Now, let's go back in and do some repair work. NOW."
Of course, I do have the occasional blur friend who, in spite of the many hints and pointers I have given over the years, still insists on using the same ill-matching foundation and stark red lipstick. It got to the point where a group of us schemed and succeeded in "accidentally" pushing her compact off the counter and shattering it.
"Oh, that's okay," she placidly said. "I have a few extra refills at home."
Looks of dismay passed around the loo.
I finally bit the bullet. "Uhm, you know, since it's broken and we are all out... Why don't we get you a new one? This one makes you look kind of... orange?"
She nodded calmly. "I know. But I have always liked it. It kinda suits my image, you know."
I guess that some girls are beyond help.