I confess: I have a love/hate relationship with make-up. Yes. Make-up. Go ahead. Judge me. Call me vain. Insecure. Forced by cultural standards to see myself as not good enough and constantly trying to achieve some ideal beauty that doesn’t exist in nature. Or- kept down by a male dominated culture that insists women aren’t good enough au-natuarelle and need to be covered up and made-over in order to be attractive.
Or- maybe I’m just normal.
The truth is probably all those things- consciously or sub-consciously- and I really just don’t have enough emotional energy to investigate this special part of the cray-cray that is me. There are other cray-cray priorities I need to focus on. Cray cray that puts peoples lives at risk- like laundry next to the hamper not in it. And Cupboard and closet doors left open instead of closed…..I almost never consider killing people over my make up. The others? I come close.
I do, however, have enough emotional investment and energy to discuss it here. Of course. Because -maybe you can help. Or maybe-finding out I’m not the only one- will help. We’ll call it MA Instead of AA- Okay?
Okay- so let’s talk about my love-hate dilemma:
What I love about make up:
- That it covers zits and scars. (Just keeping it real)
- That wearing it makes me look less cadaverous in color. Especially during the “off” season of sunshine here in Michigan, that we call: 9 months of the year.
- That wearing it makes my eyes “pop” without looking like one of these (Usually)
- That it only takes me a few minutes to apply and people don’t think I’m sick when I do- even if I am.
- That it makes me feel prettier. It. Just. Does.
- That I can use makeup to make my face appear more symmetrical. Because I’m slightly OCD like that. I also: constantly fix pillows and pictures…. (droopy eye that no one notices but me- and a top lip that looks anorexic compared to my bottom lip….)
- That there exists a technique called “contouring” that theoretically can make my double chin disappear and create cheekbones where there is cheek meat…
- That in a crunch- I can put on lipgloss, blush a hat and sunglasses and look like my whole face is present. Even if it’s not. (Even though we all know that if you’re wearing a hat and sunglasses in Target you’re either a) Michelle Obama incognito or b) Not wearing your full face.
- That it is fun to play with different looks. Make up is: big girl Crayon’s.
- That false lashes exist and can do amazing things for eyes.
- That eyelash curlers exist. Can you say: Pop!
- That taking off my make up feels great.
What I hate about wearing make up:
- That I poke myself in the eye with mascara on a regular basis- and then try to fix it while my eyes are still watering. Because: i’m crazy. See also: rushing.
- That when I finally get my mascara on my lashes and not IN my eyeball and they finally almost “pop” – it also gets all over my glasses every time I blink. (Maybe I need whovian angels to keep me from blinking.)
- That also because I usually rush through applying it- I never exactly “blend” correctly and often have someone helpfully point that fact out- in places like: church, the car, restaurants and weddings…
- That I can never find exactly the right shade of blush or lipstick but I’m always looking for it.
- That when I find a shade of anything I like either a) my skin tone changes or b) they discontinue it.
- That no matter what Pinterest “tip” I try- I still end up with lipstick on my teeth. (Why can’t that just be a thing? A trend?)
- That when I attempt “contouring” people think it’s a lack of blending- and respond in the same helpful way.
- That I feel prettier when I wear it. (yup. love AND hate that.)
- That lighting can make you go from hot- to ho in the blink of an eye….(oops that was close to offensive- but you now what I mean…. a change of lighting can totally make your made up face look out of place!)
- That people think I’m sick if I’m not wearing it. Even if I’m NOT.
- That when playing with certain “looks” I end up living this commercial
- That false lashes, applied incorrectly (aka: the way I do it) look like a caterpillar died on your eyelid.
- That eyelash curlers can make you appear to have alopecia eyelashopia when used incorrectly. Like: after mascara. Which is often when I remember to use it…
- That forgetting to take off your make up clogs every pore you have 3 seconds after you fall asleep and makes you wake up looking like an extra on The Walking Dead.
So— see? It’s about a fifty/fifty split.
So- what about you? Love or hate make up? Or, love/hate it?
What level of make up h*** do you get stuck in?
- Color choice?
- Self mutilation due to mascara- wand eye-ball poking and eyelash plucking by curler?
Or, Am I the only one?
PS- I’ll go ahead and post THE verses here- before someone uses them to give me a biblical smack me down for even discussing wearing makeup-
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (Proverbs 31)
3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. (1 Peter 3 )
Here’s my opinion on that:
1) if the barn needs painting- paint it 2) I don’t rely on make up as my true beauty- I let my sparkling personality and spirit do that. 3) Esther Did quite a spa session before getting that king to marry her- and it doesn’t appear that God disowned her for it-called her for such a time as that.. just saying.
If you feel convicted differently-about makeup- I encourage you to follow God’s call on your life- as for me- it’s a grace covered issue- as long as my motive isn’t to attract a man that isn’t my husband or to be obsessed with false beauty- I think I’m ok.
So- off of theology and back to practicality-
Makeup- or break-up ? What do you think? What do you love and hate about make-up? Let’s dish!
PS- I also confess- I’m not always brand monogamous. I’m sorry- it’s a make-up moral failure…. I know. Just breathe. Brands can be expensive and they aren’t always available when I need them- like: THE DAY I START my Period and all my makeup looks weird and or runs out…..cut a girl some brand slack….k?