Monday, March 17, 2008

Let's Not Make-up


I’m not a big fan of makeup. I often see it applied so poorly that it looks like the wearer applied it in the dark with tools from the kitchen drawer. The other extreme is that there is so much that the wearer looks like they just came off the set of a John Waters film.

I can understand the cultural/theatrical aspect of applying makeup, but I really don’t think it’s called for on a daily basis. I do understand that it is a ritual and that some women wouldn’t consider leaving the house without the paint, but I find so much charm and warmth in a natural face without cosmetic alterations. There is a certain honesty in a face that doesn’t hide freckles. Natural eye lashes softens a look and will take years off ones face.

There is something grotesque about a foundation that makes one look like a kabuki performer. There is something grotesque about the line on the neck where the makeup ends.

Most women feel that they look better with red lips and blue stuff above their eyes and black stuff outlining their eyes, but let’s face it, if you woke up one morning looking like that naturally you would seek medical help immediately.

Can you imagine what sort of chemicals is in that makeup? It’s amazing that faces can survive this daily onslaught of chemical pore fillers without systemic toxicity.

11 Comments:

Blogger Auntie said...

Ha, you spelled toxicity wrong!

From one of the "made up" ones.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

No make-up - skin can't take it. I wish all men (and women) felt the way you do. Sometimes I feel like an anomaly in the female world.

(I answered your question re: Douglas Coupland in my comments section.)

6:39 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm too lazy to bother with makeup. I used to wear lipstick to Church or other dress-up places; a tube would last me for years. Finally, I thought, "Why bother?" Now my face goes naked (except for my glasses).

6:43 AM  
Blogger Chantel said...

I love, love, love you. However, I would never leave the house without a dab of lipstick and some mascara. Its my thing, let it go!!

XOXOXO

9:10 AM  
Blogger weese said...

Its unfortunate that some women feel they need to augment their beauty. I suppose I can understand wearing it for fun... or for dressing up - but it seems a rather an unhealthy attitude to feel you can't leave the house without it.

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Auntie, you beat out Moosehead pointing out my misspelling.

Beth, thanks, I saw his film on the Documentary Chanel this weekend. It was great!

Donna, it seems that make-up blocks the skin from getting natural atmospheric color. You always look fit and tanned in your photographs.

Chantel, it is your thing, but trust me, you do not need it. Your beauty comes from within. You have beautiful eyes and a wonderful smile.

Weese, it's a cultural insecurity that seems to attack pre-pubescent girls who want to look older. You'd think that when they hit their 30s they would want to look younger.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Uncle Walt said...

I always wonder how much make up is sold to women in Muslim countries? Do they still feel the need to wear make up, since they can't show their face in public anyway?

I've always believed it was mentally unhealthy for women to wear make up. I mean, there's something strange about telling a woman to wear artificial colors - but to do so in such a way as to "look natural" while doing so. 8)

12:49 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Well, Guy, I seldom wear makeup unless I get a wild hair or the mood takes me; there are years where I wear makeup exactly once, to a New Year's Eve party we traditionally attend.
Actually, it's funny you posted this - my new profile pic was originally me with just plain skin, but I put it through Photoshop and made myself all makeuppy! LOL!

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Walt, make-up was a big black market item in Afghanistan, and now things have opened up women are free to buy and use it, so yes, even though they cover their faces many women can not due without it. Funny, eh?

Mel,having seen your photos, you really don't need it. Would you really want to be that pink in real life? I think not.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

Okay, so I've actually done some research on this, and it's kinda gross.

First, let me address Walt: Yes, they sell a tremendous amount of mascara and eyeliner in Muslim countries where women are forced to wear the chador, such as Iran. I don't know if they add more if they only have to wear the hijab. Of course, with a burqua, there's simply no point. There are some Muslim countries where women could be flogged for nail polish, however.

But the entire point of makeup is to make the wearer look younger and more fertile. The foundation is to cover up flaws in the complexion, and the blush to give a youthful glow. Now, here's the gross part. The red lips are supposed to simulate, well, another pair of engorged lips.

I personally toss on some blush and leave the house. This drives my sister nuts, and my mother was always a big makeup wearer (frosted eye shadow in the 70s and the whole nine yards). I don't care and it has led to a lifetime of "you should care more about your appearance" from them, which continues to today.

So there you have it.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous denise said...

I recently was exposed to the ingredients of liquid foundation, and oh that's nasty, will never ever put it on my skin again, I have switched to powdered mineral make up when I do where it which is rarely ever.

7:00 AM  

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