Welcome to Put on a Little Makeup!  My name is Lisa and I’m an L.A. native now based in Silicon Valley. This blog is my outlet for all things beauty, fashion and style related with a little bit of my everyday life thrown in for good measure!

Since I was little, I’ve admired anyone who was slightly different. Self-expression is key, no matter how late of a bloomer one might be, as was my case.

Style is a lifelong journey and in the immortal words of Oscar Wilde: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

I like fast motorcycles, glamour and artifice in many forms, and technology and struggle with trying to combine them all at once.

Maybe I have a bordering on unhealthy fixation with Pinterest as I’m going on 8,000 pins with nearly 1,500 followers. All that insomnia turned out to be useful for something.

I lost the manual when the road that I was on took several sharp turns. So now I’m here, finding things out again.

My humble existence began in the 70′s and 80’s in Hollywood, CA. When I was 7 or 8, I beheld the wonders of Adam Ant and Boy George. “Put on a little makeup” is a lyric from the Adam Ant song Goody Two Shoes and I think that it’s my life mantra.

Other influences include Dale Bozzio, Terri Nunn, Debbie Harry, Divine, Isabella Blow, RuPaul, the Marchesa Luisa Casati, and Daphne Guinness.

This is one of my many before and after moments and if I can do it, so can you! It is only hair and makeup at the end of the day, which means that you can wash it off or dye it if you need a change. Start over with a clean slate.

Before and After

There was a woman that used to live at the corner of Detroit and Clinton, near my elementary school. Her name is Susan Strauss aka “The Lava Lady” and this woman made quite the impact on me.

I still think of her fondly after all of these years. Most kids (h*ll, most EVERYONE) were afraid of her. She lived in a stark and dramatic house that looked like black lava rocks, but I mainly remember her blush, platforms, and big, friendly smile.

Susan Strauss

Beauty is so much more than what you look like. I still can’t believe I’ll be 40 next year. It’s time to celebrate and honor those in their 30′s and beyond that don’t conform to society’s standards of aging. Life isn’t over when you turn 25, contrary to what our seemingly youth obsessed society dictates.

I feel so patronized and am unable to relate to articles that include “how not to look old” lists that do little more than try and make you seem uncool at best and feel bad about yourself at worst.

Beauty is can be an intangible emotion and an expression, yet it originates from within. Two of my favorite quotes are from the late Kevyn Aucoin, one of my favorite makeup icons.

“Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart.” PREACH.

 “Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can’t put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do your hair with any sort of fun or joy if you’re doing it from a position of correction.”

Along with growing older, I’m also a single parent of a toddler daughter. She’s a hoot and I’ll talk about her sometimes, although I’m reluctant to call this a “mom” blog. Even though there are major developmental milestones in life, every parenting situation is truly unique and I do my best not to judge.

Your comrade in beauty and beyond,


P.S. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook,  and YouTube. Find me on Pinterest.


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