I Thank Euclid for My Beauty Routine

Euclid of Alexandria is known as the “Father of Geometry”. I learned about Euclid in English class before math class thanks to the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. I can honestly say that today is the 57th million eleventh day I have not used Algebra in my life, geometry is another story. I am grateful that I know enough geometry to use it in my everyday makeup routine. I don’t use a lot of beauty enhancements because at my age I truly believe that less is more. This is not a call to action to change your makeup routine, I am just explaining how geometry fits into my everyday life.

“Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.”


Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.

Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,

And lay them prone upon the earth and cease

To ponder on themselves, the while they stare

At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere

In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese

Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release

From dusty bondage into luminous air.

O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,

When first the shaft into his vision shone

Of light anatomized! Euclid alone

Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they

Who, though once only and then but far away,

Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.


STEP 1: Brows

First, I draw a small vertical line segment that is in line with the inner corner of my eye with my brow pencil. Then, I connect that line segment to two other lines that create an Isosceles triangle. This triangle is the outline that I will use to fill in my brows. The top vertex of this triangle is the arch of my brow. I draw the tail of my brow as another line segment. After that, I fill in my brows with small line segments.

STEP 2: Shadow, Liner, And Mascara

Before I apply my eye shadow, I draw a line segment from the tip of my brow tail to the outer corner of my eye with a dusty rose shadow. My next step is to apply my lower lid shadow in circle arc formation. I build on each arc like a rainbow and the shadow color intensifies based on the number of arcs I create. I blend out the line segment so that it is not harsh, but it helps to give my eye a little lift. Next, I apply my mascara by making intersecting lines on my lashes. This really helps me to not skip any lashes and at my age I want all the lash power I can get! I find that a horizontal line is best for me when I apply my liner.

STEP 3: Concealer

I don’t remember where I learned this trick from, but I am super thankfulthat I found this tip. When I apply my concealer, I make equilateral triangles under my eyes. This step really gives my cheeks a lift and for that I am grateful!

STEP 4: Foundation

I squeeze a couple of pumps of foundation on the back of my hand and swirl it around in a circle. I use my index finger to dot several ovals on my face. Then, I use my wedge sponge to blend in all the foundation and connect the dots.

STEP 6: Powder

This part of my routine is really basic. I dip my fluffy brush into my loose powder and buff my entire face in small circular motions.

I have to laugh when I think about all of the time I sat in geometry class and I was bored to death. I didn’t realize how much I would rely on geometry to enhance the face I present to the world today!