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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Makeup Shirt

Growing up, I remember watching ELC getting ready in the morning… for the day… for church… for bridge.  It’s funny how many of her habits I have picked up.  We love our hairspray.  Vita/e, to be exact.  Unfortunately, that hairspray gets everywhere.  On everything.  It completely “gunks up” our bathrooms and clothes.  I know we’re not the only Southern women addicted to our hairspray and suffering from chronic stickiness.  That’s why this post is here to save the day! 

We’ve all heard the quote, “The higher the hair, the closer to God.”  Well, it takes a lot of Vita/e to get our hair high.  So, ELC came up with two solutions to remedy the gunky hairspray problem:

  1. The Makeup Shirt.
  2. Plastic dry cleaners' bags.
I’m not sure where Mom came up with the idea for the Makeup Shirt (though I think she’ll be sharing that story soon).  For as long as I can remember, she’s always worn it when she puts her makeup on and rolls her hair.  When Dad tires of one of his standard oxford shirts (chambray blue or white), ELC will take one, cut the sleeves off, and VOILA!  A Makeup Shirt is born!

When I started wearing makeup, ELC created a Makeup Shirt for me.  While the primary function is to keep hairspray off of our clothes, we do call them Makeup Shirts and not “Clothes Shirts” or “Hairspray Shirts.”  Go figure.  However, it will also keep makeup – blush, powder, and eyeshadow – off whatever you have on.  Bonus!  Double-duty.  Who couldn’t appreciate that?

Here are a few pictures of my “current” Makeup Shirt.  ELC made this one for me about 4 years ago.  She wants me to make sure y'all know she realizes she's not that artistic or crafty.  We have no plans to sell these on Etsy any time soon.  My hubby cracks up every time he sees me wearing this.  Perhaps it’s the quotes in laundry marker.  Or the frayed edges.

The shirt:

Close-up shots of the front:

TLC’s Fabulous Makeup Shirt!

Because… sticky hairspray on your clothes is YUCKY…
and she wants to be just like her Mom!

The back:

Thanks, Dad!!! (for the shirt!)
It’s not easy to be Glamorous!
“Pretty is as pretty does.”  -- Nana

(Now I wish I would have ironed this shirt before I posted pictures.  LOL.  I am my mother's daughter.  We even iron our pillowcases.  That's a whole other post, though.)

And, finally, what to do with the plastic bags that come with your dry cleaning:  Before you begin spraying, place a couple of bags on top of your counters.  These can be easily folded up and kept in a drawer or under your sink when not in use.  I give you my word – the bags will definitely help keep your bathroom countertops less icky.  Which makes for easy cleaning.  Which means more time for Twilight or Housewives or Etsy shopping.  Girl Scouts’ honor.  I was one, so I can give you that “honor.”  Okay.  Okay.  I only made it through Brownies.

You will need to get new plastic bags every month or so.  And the Makeup Shirts can be washed over and over again with your towels.  You’ll only need a new one when the already worn out shirt finally shreds.

Happy hairspraying!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"The higher the hair, the closer to God"? Spoken like a true southern woman.