The Bell Family

Random ponderings on God, life, and the humor all around us


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Ariana is 10!!!

Our oldest girlie left the single digits this month. This tween, with her servant heart and beautiful smile, brings me so much joy. Below is the annual letter Bill wrote to her.

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Our dear, loving Ariana,

I like birthdays, because they remind us in this big family to slow down a bit and focus on thanking God for one particular person. Today’s your day, Ariana Katriel. And it’s such a joy to slow down and take a look at the many ways we’ve seen the Father’s goodness in giving us you.

I know you’ve heard the story so many times, but your grand entry into the world was scary. Something was wrong. You and Mom were both hurting, the pain and brokenness threatening both of your lives. I didn’t really get it at the time, but it was a reminder that life is fragile. It was also a reminder that in a world plagued with sin, beautiful events like childbirths are now cursed and ugly and sometimes fatal. Yours could have gone that way. If you’d been born a hundred years ago, both of you would be in paradise already with Jesus and the rest of your brothers and sisters never would’ve become part of this family.

Why do I bring up such a horrible thing on a day of celebration? Because it didn’t go that way! Ten years ago today, we saw the grace of God the Father—the God who saves—when he reached down into our history and yanked you away from the grip of death. Honey, God saved you on the day of your first breath—pulling you out of the darkness and bringing you into the light. And I still rejoice, over and over and over, because you’re sitting here. And Mom’s sitting here. And this whole family is here because of the grace and mercy and kindness of our God, who gives us more than we could ever ask or imagine.

I also tell you this because I want you to have a bigger picture of God. You’re leaving childhood behind. I know you haven’t read all of the Narnia books yet, but one of the things Aslan tells Lucy is that it isn’t he himself who is bigger, just that “every year you grow, you will find me bigger”. I want that to be true for you, because the infinite creator of the universe can’t get any bigger, yet your understanding and awe of him can.

Darling, you have been given a sweet heart that is full of compassion and loves to jump up to serve. This is a gift from God, one that is being pruned by the Spirit and watered by the Word. I want to see more and more of his grace shining through you, as you fight to serve without praise, to love without recognition, to help without looking for attention. God has started that work in you and he will definitely bring it to completion.

And as you slowly race out of childhood into womanhood, you’re going to see the world differently. You’re going to know new hurts and experience new joys. You’ll find that some ways you’ve thought about life will have to be tossed out to make way for the new adventures you’ll find. Mom and I are thrilled to watch you do it. Neither be afraid of it nor try to make it happen too fast. Just as God is in control of shaping how tall you are and how much you grow each year, he’s king over this inside growth, too.

Personally, one of my favorite things about you is how much you want to be like your mom. Of course, I think she’s the most incredible woman ever, so it doesn’t surprise me that you want to be just like her. But I don’t just want you to be the cook and the adventurer and the knitter and the momma she is. I want you to also see the light of King Jesus shining through her as Momma reflects the glory of Jesus. I want that same glory to shine in you. That’ll come as you embrace growing up, taking responsibility, doing good when no one can see it, and finding joy in service without accolade. These are my prayers for you.

So, my dear, happy birthday. May you see the goodness of our God in new ways with a new year before you.

Love, Dad & Mom


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Makeup Application–Lips

Time for the final post on makeup application–lips.

For thin lips:

  1. Apply a lip primer on lips, inside and outside your lip line.  Allow to dry.
  2. Erase the existing lip line by apply concealer or foundation to the lips.
  3. Use lip liner to draw a line slightly above the natural top lip and around the bottom lip lines.  Fill in lips completely with lip liner to create a matte base that helps increase lipstick wear.
  4. Dab a small amount of concealer to the center of the top and bottom lips.
  5. Apply lipstick.
  6. Finish by applying lip gloss to the center of the top and bottom lips to help make lips appear fuller.

For medium lips:

  1. Apply lip primer to preven feathering and bleeding.  Allow to dry.
  2. Using lip liner, define the V-shape at the center of the top lip along the natural lip line.  Bring the line to the corners of the lips using short, feathering strokes.  Next, define the center of the bottom lip.  To complete the line, start from the corners and draw a line in toward the center.
  3. To extend the wear of lipstick, create a matte base by filling in the top and bottom lips with a lip liner.  Apply lipstick to the top lip first, starting at the center and sweeping to the corners.  Add color to the bottom lip from corner to corner.  Gently press lips together.
  4. Sweep a coordinating color of lip gloss along the top and bottom lips in the same techniques as the lipstick.  Or, to give lips the appearance of a fuller pout, apply lip gloss to the center only of top and bottom lips.

For full lips:

  1. Apply lip liner to lips, inside and outside your lip line.  Allow to dry.
  2. Erase the existing lip line by applying concealer or foundation over it.
  3. Use lip liner to draw a line slightly inside the natural top and around the bottom lip line.  Fill in lips completely with lip liner to create a matte base.
  4. Apply lipstick.
  5. Finish with lip gloss applied in a light coat evenly over lips.


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Makeup Application–Eyes

Continuing from my previous post, I’m going to move on to eye makeup application today.

For Asian eyes (eyes are referred to as a single or vanishing eyelid, appearing as a flat surface when closed due to lack of natural crease):

  1. Apply highlighter shade on browbone, lid and along inner third of lower lashes.
  2. Apply midtone shade in crease starting at the outer corner and blend.
  3. Apply accent shade and blend along top lashline and into outside half of crease.  Apply along lower lashline.
  4. Glide eyeliner on along upper and (if desired) lower lashline.  Soften with an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, if desired.
  5. Apply mascara to upper and, if desired, lower lashes.

For close-set eyes (eyes are less than one eye width apart):

  1. Apply highlighter shade on browbone, lid, and along inner third of lower lashes.
  2. Apply midtone shade in crease starting at the outer corner and blend.
  3. Apply accent shade and blend along top lashline and into outside half of crease.  Apply along lower lashline.
  4. Glide eyeliner on along upper and (if desired) lower lashline.  Soften with an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, if desired.
  5. Apply mascara to upper and, if desired, lower lashes.

For deep-set eyes (eyes are set deep making the brow bone appear more noticeable):

  1. Apply highlighter shade to the eyelid and along the inner corner of lower lashes to the brow bone.
  2. Apply midtone shade up above the crease and sweep it across the browbone.
  3. Apply accent shade to the outer corner of the upper lashline, then up onto the corner of the browbone.  Sweep the accent shade underneath the lower lashline for definition.
  4. Glide eyeliner in a thin line along with upper and lower lashline, thickening the line slightly on outer two-thirds of lid.  Soften with an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, if desired.
  5. Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.

For hooded eyes (eyes are set so the natural crease in the eyelid is not readily seen):

  1. Apply highlighter shade on brow bone, lid, and along inner third of lower lashes.
  2. Apply midtone shade in crease starting at the outer corner and blend.
  3. Apply accent shade and blend along top lashline and into outside half of crease.  Apply along lower lashline.
  4. Glide eyeliner on along upper and (if desired) lower lashline.  Soften with an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, if desired.
  5. Apply mascara to upper and, if desired, lower lashes. 

For standard eyes (eyes are set about one eye width apart):

  1. Apply highlighter shade on brow bone, lid, and along inner third of lower lashes.
  2. Apply midtone shade in crease starting at the outer corner and blend.
  3. Apply accent shade and blend along top lashline and into outside half of crease.  Apply along lower lashline.
  4. Glide eyeliner on along upper and (if desired) lower lashline.  Soften with an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, if desired.
  5. Apply mascara to upper and, if desired, lower lashes.

For wide-set eyes (eyes are more than one eye width apart):

  1. Apply highlighter shade on brow bone, lid, and along inner third of lower lashes.
  2. Apply midtone shade in crease starting at the outer corner and blend.
  3. Apply accent shade and blend along top lashline and into outside half of crease.  Apply along lower lashline.
  4. Glide eyeliner on along upper and (if desired) lower lashline.  Soften with an eyeliner/eyebrow brush, if desired.
  5. Apply mascara to upper and, if desired, lower lashes.


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Makeup Application–Face Shape

I am getting ready to stop selling Mary Kay, so before I quit I thought it would be fun to give you women some application tips to help with your makeup.  Bill in his masculinity is horrified about this, by the way, so pray for him as these posts makes it on our blog. 😉  I’ll do my first post on ways to best apply your makeup according to your face shape.  In future posts, I will focus on application of eyeshadow and lipstick.  This is not to try to get you to buy anything from me, but I do want to let you know that if anyone is interested in making a last purchase from me, I will be making one more order on August 31.  You can order by calling me or going to my site at http://www.marykay.com/cbell0524/default.aspx.  There are also many other helpful tips there, so feel free to look around.  Just in case a Mary Kay person checks this site, I want to make sure to note that the following tips are from Mary Kay. 

 For a heart face shape (the forehead is wider than the chin, and the chin tapers to relatively narrow or pointed):

  1. Apply several small dots of highlight on the chin and blend to make it appear wider.
  2. Contour the sides of the forehead, down over the temple area, and along the sides of the face.
  3. Sweep cheek color along the center of each cheek, just below the pupil of the eye, to help cheeks appear slimmer and the jaws wider.

For an oval face shape (symmetrical):

  1. If desired, add a little definition to the face by applying contour to the temples.
  2. Sweep cheek color along cheek bones.  Or for a natural, just-blushed look, apply cheek color to the apples of the cheeks. Or brush cheek color slighty higher on cheeks, just under the eye, for a youthful glow.

For a round face shape (features shorter, wide, full cheeks and rounded chin):

  1. Dot highlight under the eyes, in the center of the forehead and on the chin to bring focus to the center of the face.  Blend well.
  2. Contour with Bronze Highlighting Powder on the temples and sides of the face.
  3. Apply cheek color to the apples of the cheeks.

For a square face shape (strong and balanced, with equal width at the forehead, cheek and chin):

  1. Dot highlight on the middle of the forehead and chin and brush highlight down the center of the nose to bring focus away from the outer edges of the face.  Blend well.
  2. Contour the sides of the forehead above the temples and on the sides of the jaw to help give edges a receded appearance.  Blend.
  3. Apply cheek color just to the apples of the cheeks, keeping attention on the center of the face.