I’ve always been fascinated by women who wear heavy, disfiguring makeup and have been beyond tempted to stop and ask questions, that is, to get an idea of what they see in the mirror. Given the chance, and before the police arrive, I’d ask them about the thought process behind their remarkable cosmetic applications. In addition to judging, I am sincerely curious about what motivates them to do this.
From my lofty perch, I wonder if these women are, or even can be, objective about the face they present to the world. I reckon that they have a deficit of mature-stage self-awareness, and that this lacking must have a negative impact on super important stuff, like employment and relationships.
I was in Ulta recently, and was dumbstruck after catching sight of two sales women who had acted out, on their own persons, the grossly overdone foundation and contouring popular on Instagram and YouTube. Their results had nothing to do with underlying skin tone or bone structure, sort of like this:
I concluded that they weren’t suffering from Low Self-Esteem, but rather the utter absence of self-awareness (what they see in the mirror versus what I see) and critical thinking skills (what makeup techniques may apply to them versus the InstaTubers). I felt for them and their potential to survive in the wild. Mostly I wanted to wash their faces.
During the exhausting television coverage of the presidential race, I also observed that some of the women – who were trying, with more or less success, to be taken seriously – were at the same time overly bronzed, contoured, baked, strobed, smoked and fleeked.
In fairness, and from my experience being up close to TV personalities, they often wear heavy foundation and eye makeup, that may or may not be applied by a professional, and may not, either way, look very good on camera or in person. They might overcompensate for the sake of unforgiving high-definition cameras that highlight unfortunate practices like Failure to Blend. And if you are a woman who cares more about the quality of the job you’re doing than how you look while doing it (unless those two things are one in the same), then it’s understandable when you would let yourself or someone else disfigure you with cosmetics. But it still leaves me questioning the decision-making skills of the overdone.
You probably know someone who wears makeup in a way that you feel is too heavy or unflattering, leaving you wondering why. Thoughts?
Less hope, more wisdom.