Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Monday, January 23, 2006

If Women Stopped Wearing Makeup…

I gather that applying makeup is a routine of which most women are not overly fond. A coworker and I were driving in to Houston last week and she was putting on her makeup in the car. She remarked to the effect that she would rather not have to wear makeup, but that it was a “vicious cycle,” meaning that she applied makeup to enhance certain features of her face, but the cosmetics were harsh on her skin, so she had to continue wearing makeup to conceal the breakout.

If women stopped wearing makeup, would people stop expecting them to wear it? Would people become accustomed to seeing women’s faces unembellished by cosmetics? Who is it that expects women to wear makeup? Do women wear makeup for men, for other women, for themselves? But, enough about makeup. Just five more days until the weekend!


  • Guys look just fine without makeup. So I wonder what got us women into the routine. I look better with it on, but feel icky. I wore some for the first time this year at "margaritafest" to meet fellow bloggers, but not a lot. And I couldn't wait to wash it off.

    By Blogger Ivy the Goober, at 5:13 AM, January 23, 2006  

  • Men were the original make-up users--check out the pharaohs with their black eye-liner. I'm not sure when the gender roles switched, but I'm sure that information is available somewhere.

    I think how much (if at all) make-up a woman wears is driven in large part by where she lives, and also by her age. I know many young women (20s)who don't wear make-up, but probably less than five women over 40 who don't. Females in big-hair country (such as Dallas) wear make-up, period.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 7:02 AM, January 23, 2006  

  • The english prof is right, girls my age don't wear make-up that much. And if we do, it's mostly for fun. Make up, in fact, can be REALLY fun to play around with (the colors!!!).

    It's definitely this whole fear of aging/pressure on women to remain beautiful that keeps women wearing the stuff.

    And, I'm not quite sure that is going to change. Think of ALL the things women do that are uncomfortable: wearing heels and bras, waxing, etc.

    A LOT of it is for men, sadly.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 10:06 AM, January 23, 2006  

  • no one really needs it, but if it makes you feel better about yourself, why not? it's a luxury that is mainstream and accessible.

    btw, can i link you on my blog?

    By Blogger joey♥, at 11:07 AM, January 23, 2006  

  • I've read about makeup being marketed to men in Japan.

    But of course, Joey, link away!

    By Blogger Matthew, at 7:03 PM, January 23, 2006  

  • Ashley, I think that anti-aging is only part of it. When I was growing up in central Texas, ALL women and ALL teen-aged girls wore make-up--it was just expected. All the girls were wearing make-up by the 7th grade. Thank God that's changed--somewhat.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 4:01 PM, January 24, 2006  

  • I have blonde eyelashes. I MUST wear mascara or people say insensitive things like, "you look tired." I don't mind wearing a little makeup. It takes all of 5 minutes to apply.

    My beauty complaint is styling my hair every day. I have long hair and blow drying it every morning is such a pain. I have naturally curly hair but not like Rebecca Gayheart's hair. My hair is out of control. I look like a total hippie if I don't blow dry it.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 8:21 PM, January 24, 2006  

  • I am not wearing any make-up right now, but yeah, that's rare. I never wear much though, I hate looking like a clown or Barbie-doll.

    By Blogger Astrid, at 11:44 AM, February 03, 2006  

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