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March 10, 2022

Feelin' Girly

I live in a house with men. My husband. My 13-year-old son. Even the dog is a guy. There aren't a lot of pink t-shirts, ballet shoes or Taylor Swift CDs laying around the house.

But every once in awhile, it's nice to think about girly stuff: chick flicks, awards shows complete with the red carpet — and make-up.

When I Interviewed Mally Roncal, makeup artist to the stars (including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé) for makinglifebetter.com, we hit it off right away. Mally is a (very) busy mom, and she knows what it's like to have crazy days with next to no time for yourself. (She even recently started wearing what she calls a "mom sweater," something she swore she'd never do after seeing her friend's mom wear the same sweater "day after day" when she was a kid. Sound familiar?)

"When I was growing up in upstate New York, as the only non-white kid, they called me 'Fish Lips,'" says Roncal in one of her how-to videos. Perhaps that's one of the things that helped her develop her current philosophy: "What makes you different makes you beautiful."

And beautiful she is, as you can see here. But what I love most about Mally is her personality. She's a hoot. Check out her videos on Mallybeauty.com or QVC (you can buy her makeup line on both) and you'll see how she gets everyday women. She's the kind of pal you'd want to take to martinis-and-manicures night. (You can even wear your mom sweaters.)

Mally sent me some items from her collection to try, and I've been having a ball playing with everything. The makeup comes in gorgeous cases, and it's fun to experiment with it all. The colors are natural and pretty. And it's a kick to know that I'm using a lipgloss shade that — who knows! — Mally may be using on J-Lo next week.

Here's my interview with Mally for makinglifebetter.com: "Pretty in Pink." She also shared some great tips with me for "Make a Tired Face Look Better — Instantly!" Nothing here requires 20 minutes in front of a mirror in the morning. Who has time for that when the kids need to get to school?

Have fun checking out Mally's how-to videos on QVC and on her website (see above). You'll get great tips, and I'm sure you'll find her to be just as much fun as I did.

After all, it's a kick to play with makeup and to look girly now and then — even if you're heading out to a Little League game.


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