by Tara Hanover
Makeup can be a way to express your self. It can also be a way to hide something you may find undesirable, a blemish or a scar perhaps. Makeup can also be used to completely transform your entire look… as a matter of fact, depending on the way you apply it, you can make someone look like an entirely different person. What is your makeup look? Are you natural, dramatic or somewhere in between?
As a fun little experiment, I posted these two photos on social media with the caption, #beforeandafter “these pictures were taken less than an hour apart”. They are not too dramatic, however, there are definitely some noticeable differences.
In the photo with makeup applied, my skin tone looks more even, my nose (and actually my entire face) looks longer and narrower and my eyes look bigger. Wouldn’t you agree?
The comments ranged from the expected “pretty in both” to “WOW, you’ve got guts” to “I need a makeup lesson from you”.
I am not going to lie, personally, I like the photo of myself with makeup much better than the one without. As someone who has had a life- long love affair with makeup, it is no surprise that I definitely feel more confident when I am wearing some. However, the funny part is that although I am a professional makeup artist, if you see me in the community you probably recognize the non-makeup photo of me as more familiar. This is because as a mother of little girls, I don’t want them to think you can only look “pretty” in makeup. So… like a fireman, police officer or anyone who wears a uniform to work, makeup is part of my work uniform. It is part of the character that I “play” when I am in work mode.
I did a little research on this topic. Scienceofpeople.com wrote an article titled: Why do Women Wear Makeup? The Science Behind our Makeup Obsession. Here is what they came up with…
“An estimated 44% of American women do not like to leave their homes without makeup on. Research shows there are two primary reasons why women wear makeup:
1. Camouflage – Women who are anxious and insecure tend to use makeup to appear less noticeable.
2. Seduction – Women who want to be noticeably more attractive tend to use makeup to feel more confident, sociable and assertive.
*Those 44 percent of women believe that if they show their natural, untouched face, they won’t be able to accomplish either of those things, and they will be treated differently. What do you think about this research? Do you agree?
Well whether you agree or not there is no disputing that makeup can absolutely be an amazing illusion. Also, here’s a shocking fact. Did you know that as of July 2019, beauty has blown up to be a $532 billion industry? Wow!
What is your “why” for wearing makeup?
In the words of Lady Gaga, “Whether I am wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I am always the same person inside”
Get up, dress up, show up and never give up!
Happy New Year!
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