I absolutely won’t go on about doing YouTube videos once it is up and running and I’ve got into the routine of it all. Btw, I won’t be uploading every day – that would be way too much – but hopefully, once a week, yes.
Gosh, though, so much to learn! Did I say you don’t get emails if you Subscribe? Yes, you do, if you tick/go onto that little bell – see, I know nothing! And then, there’s the filming of me doing the makeup which, incidentally, is not done by Mr F, but me filming on my iPhone 8+ with Mr F nowhere near. He comes into the equation with FinalCut Pro, the app that allows for editing, which is his thing, although we do discuss what we want to achieve, as in, it’s me saying (quite firmly) what I want to achieve. In fact, the whole thing has been quite a revelation to Mr F. He told me that although he’s known me for over 45 years, he had absolutely no idea what I did when I said, I’m just putting on my makeup!
Yes, what do I want to achieve? I mean you could be thinking how narcissistic to focus in on my face and show myself off like that. And in a way, it perhaps is. All YouTubers must have a teeny tiny streak of self-absorption to put themselves out there, and I admit I have a bit of that, I like performing, up to a point, as it’s scary as well. There’s getting the filming right (I’ve thrown out several already) and do note I will be showing my face without makeup and that’s very, very scary, as I think my face (and neck) has begun to look its age – but why shouldn’t it! I’m 72, after all. Yet I don’t rage against this ageing face, instead I’m quite interested in how to adapt and use my makeup, because I truly believe that makeup helps!!! So that’s one very good reason to do these videos.
But another quite important reason, I think, is that we live in an ageist society, and while ageism is recognised and many of us work to overcome ageist practices and ageist ways, ageism is everywhere. And nowhere is it more prevalent when you see something that says 65+ (if I see a survey with that category, I don’t do it). Or the phrase ‘mature women over 60’, or even worse, ‘this is for those of you who are 40,50, 60 and beyond’. I mean, say the actual words, people! These videos are definitely for us 60, 70, 80, 90-year-olds!!!! Although, anyone can enjoy them!
And then there’s ‘anti-ageing,’ a term we don’t use now, and ‘pro-ageing’, which we do. I get where people are coming from when they say pro-ageing it’s all about ageing well with pzazz. Yes, absolutely, but that’s still avoiding the actual issue – you cannot turn that clock back! Actually, I truly believe you should be out and proud about ageing. Show that face to the world and own its ageing look.
And then there are the YouTube videos of makeup for mature women, oh glory be, on unlined faces. Even the ones that have a 70-year-old in them usually have older women with a square, fairly unlined, full face. Or they have a lovely tan, and in one of them the 72-year-old was totally, I mean completely, unlined. I have a thin face that will, I think, go quite skull-like in my very old age. Also, I do not have a tan, instead I’m pale and washed out and almost blueish in places with wrinkles under and around the eyes. Yet, there will be no filters in these videos! These videos will be for real older women, albeit for those who like their makeup. And if you haven’t subscribed, here’s the link!
One thing is that ironically, I don’t have a lot of makeup in that makeup drawer – there’s Clarins and LookFabulousForever but that’s about it. Now over the coming months and year(s) I’ll acquire more makeup (cost comes into it though) and experiment more and one day I may be like my very good friend over the pond Catherine of Atypical60 who has just done a Favourites of 2018 (gosh what a lot of products) but you know, I might just get a few of her suggestions.
So do see my video as just the beginning. I’m planning 3 to 4 types of videos: the full makeup videos that I do myself at around 20 minutes, ‘My 5-minute tips’, and then the ‘Makeovers’ also at around 20 minutes. In the future I might do a 5-minute ‘Hat of the Month, but let’s get these first few weeks under my belt! So, bear with, as I learn how to do these videos as it’s very like the early blogging days when I felt I knew nothing. But it’s great to have a project and work on improving it.
And I write all of this to encourage everyone to do the same: get out of that comfort zone; create a project; learn to dance; draw; write a poem; a language; go on your travels; whatever you’ve thought off but haven’t quite got to grips with – you can do it, yes you can!
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. And re: the learning curve – we’ve spent an hour trying to upload the video to the blog. It works on YouTube but on my laptop and the draft of this post, it was 6 minutes in. People if it’s like this on yours – wind it back! Phew! And here’s my new Zara top bought in a charity shop for £4.99 worn with old black jeans and the usual boots!