Ask Jeanne

ASK JEANNE Getting Ready

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have a going-out ritual? A pre-game routine that gets you feeling good and boosts your energy?
Dear Jessica:

With all the “going out” I’m obligated to do these days, (but don’t get me wrong—I usually do love going out!), it’s true that often, I absolutely have to psyche myself up for the occasion at hand. I wish I could say it was as simple as taking a long hot bath, or a quick, cold shower before getting all dolled up to go, but honestly, every time it’s a little different. I do tell you that wardrobe is usually key to my feeling of well-being. After all, if the costume isn’t right, you likely won’t be eager to step out on stage. I like spontaneity when it comes to both dressing up and going out, but my safest bet is always to think about what I’m going to wear, and lay it all out in advance of my getting ready. A mani and pedi are always a must before any special outing. That kind of simple pleasure is just plain good for the soul. Then I usually take a shower and slip into a silky little robe before getting my home beauty routine underway. If I haven’t had the luxury of visiting my dear hairstylist Gregory Parvatan for one his masterful blow-dry’s (He’s been doing my hair sine 1979!) I’ll do my own hair and then launch into the luxury of doing my own make-up, which is always fun for me. Sometimes, if there’s time, I’ll run over to Gee Beauty for a quick false eyelash application. For about $20, they’ll do an expert job that’s totally quick, with glam results. But otherwise, I may try applying my own lashes, and if I don’t go that route, a healthy dose of mascara usually does the trick. I love using Chanel’s “Le Blanc de Chanel”, a sheer illuminating base, under my foundation. That always gives my skin a special glow and makes my foundation even more effective. I adore being able to take the time to do my make-up just right for those special outings, and all the while, I’ll have my favourite music blaring in the background—usually something upbeat, like old Motown, or some sexy jazz. Music always puts me in a great mood, and lifts my spirits. But when all is said and done, I keep flashing back to that scene in the movie “All That Jazz” where the Bob Fosse character looks at himself in the mirror and says, “It’s showtime, folks!” ( While actor Roy Scheider’s poignant portrayal of the world weary choreographer may be a wee bit daunting, it does remind one of the determination we all have to have sometimes to get ourselves up and running: It may not always be easy, but it’s usually rather imperative. So develop a style all your own, and try to perfect the “art of getting ready”. I have a feeling you might impress yourself!