i feel this person’s vibe. i really do.
i’ve had a tricksy personal journey with body image and make-up. nothing worth delving into here. but in my Grey Period of Where All Humans Could Fuck Right Off, i wrote about the ridiculousness of make-up and how we’ve misplaced sentiment about this modern-day war paint.
although i’ve softened towards this strange face colouring we do, it’s disheartening how it holds sway over some women’s confidence. disheartening, not surprising.
regardless of the myriad ways to see the peculiar business of ‘beauty’, the most popular is as a product that needs to be sold. and the only way to sell something, of course, is to make you think you need it, because you lack it.
we’re so enmeshed with the system we barely the notice the tiny ‘buy make-up’ barbs that litter every sellable space from magazines to social media:
here, use this eyebrow pencil for your eyebrows that are too thin/bushy/wide apart/narrow … use this lipstick for your lips that are too thin/droopy/full/round … use contouring for your face that is too wide/round/jaw-y/long … use blusher for your skin that is too sallow/pale etc etc … even out your skin tone, watch your hairline and do something about those teeth…
If you just stopped being too this or that you would almost be perfect. Almost.
…OH and also, remember to cover your wrinkles, your stretch marks, your cut marks, your scars, your mummy tummy, your cellulite… you want a beach body not a freak body when you take those clothes off (keep the make-up on though)…
basically, the entire system is there to create enough self-hate to crack a titanium hull so that they can sell you the polyfilla called ‘a store card’, ‘botox’, ‘some snakeskin oil of young sea root’ and ‘50% off’…
chrissis, for a whole industry based on women, the marketing around it sure hates everything about us and our bodies.
and it’s a pity, because i’ve learnt how much fun make-up has the potential to be. not as a way to change yourself to look a ‘better’ more homogenous way, but rather as a kind of self-expression. there is fun to be had with all that
war paint theatre mask make-up, but i’ve never learnt about that from the inside of a women’s magazine or on beauty blog.
i’ve learnt it from places like afrikaburn, burlesque, make-up artists, YouTube and drag queens. i know friends who could say the same for MCQP, theatre and trance parties.
i dunno. wouldn’t it be cool if one’s ‘normal’ face was good enough, and you didn’t need to choose between a few more zzzs and waking up at 5 am to do your hair&make-up every morning? what if you could reserve these big creations for big parties or when you felt like putting on a show?
god, how much time and money would be saved then? how much better would we like ourselves?
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