Amy Safford wrote this guest blog for momaha.com
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As Omaha Fashion Week wrapped up, I wanted to approach my favorite subjects: fashion, style and (my personal favorite) makeup.
I have my own beauty rituals in the morning except now with less time these days like most moms.
My first love — my very first, favorite job — is a constant reminder of the extensive beauty regimens I should be doing each morning, noon and night.
Many, many wrinkles ago, I worked for a very chic and expensive makeup line that taught me techniques any woman would die to know. That job opened doors for me to work for a clothing line. Most of the people I worked with went on to be personal stylists in major markets who now have clientele lists the size of a central Nebraska phone book.
However, I took a different direction in life and went to work in media and then became a stay-at-home mom and wife, which I have cherished. Despite my love of the business, who has time to go through nine skin beauty regimens from a.m. to p.m with kids?
I’m not ashamed to say it: “I’m a style and makeup JUNKIE.”
Instead of working for a major glam squad, I turned my past experiences into a small business by styling women for events and holding mini- workshops. What is really cool is that it eventually evolved into mother-daughter workshops. Thus far, my 7-year-old daughter Sophia was never really been into the hair, dress and makeup thing.
Nevertheless, I prayed to the beauty Gods that someday she would hang up her converse and sit in the bathroom and let me teach her some tricks. I don’t know about you, but I never listened to my mom when she tried to teach me about makeup. I took my tips from the girl next to me with the bright green eye makeup and orange blush, or better yet all the Madonna look a-likes.
Mom tip: If you hire a professional and add a little sparkle, your teenager WILL listen!
If we can get one less tween wearing thick unblended black eyeliner out of the school halls than my job is more than worthwhile.
When I began doing this, it was and is hard to describe the feeling that I get when I style a woman for a major event, or a mom and daughter who bond because it makes them feel good about themselves. To some women it’s that feeling of finding the perfect pair of shoes.
Two weeks ago, I had a true timeless moment that I will never forget. While getting ready for a dress up event, Sophia came into the bathroom with her little makeup bag.
“Mama,” she said. “Would this lip gloss look good with what I am wearing?”
Angels began to sing and the bathtub parted.
It’s not about the superficial beauty side of it, nor is it about her liking everything I like. I love that she can play soccer with the boys and play dress up with the girls. For me it was a bonding experience and a rite of passage that every mom has with her daughter, and better yet, it is something I love and am darn good at.
I got to put a little blush and lip gloss on my daughter and look at her reflection in the mirror.
That’s what we women get to do, grow and change and reinvent ourselves however we choose to do it.
I never forget that moment or the way she smiled at her daddy when she left the bathroom.
The big question afterwards: Could she still wear her converse like her brother?
And the answer was yes.
Amy is a makeup stylist who works in marketing, wife, and mother of two children — Bennett and Sophia. Her husband, Pat is known to Omaha, as a co-host on Omaha’s Q98.5’s morning show.
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