While waiting for Gaya’s fried Mars Bars at Far east Plaza in Singapore yesterday, Justin peered at my face and said, “You’re not wearing make up ya?”
I prepped myself up for some form of good skin flattery or another and said, “Nope..not today..”
He said, “Good! I like girls like you. My girlfriend also don’t put on alot of make up,”
In his opinion, girls who wear make up are hiding behind something. It’s like they are afraid of showing the world what is really beneath the layers of makeup. To him, a clear face signifies confidence and he gets attracted to that. He, doesn’t believe in make up and shakes his head at it.
I then turned to Chee Kiang and Daryl and asked them for their opinion.
Chee Kiang thinks that girls use make up because in the past, they have received ciriticism about their appearences and feel particularly traumatised by the fact that they are not blessed aesthetically. Hence, the girls don make up to improve what they lack. He also thinks that girls put on make up to impress guys.
Daryl, was the one that supported make up. He believes that if it makes a girl look good, sure, why not?
And of course, for the benefit of my fellow womenkind, I defended the pros of cosmetics. Justin challenged me and cited a few examples of really thick made up girls that we all know(and love as friends), I told them that those were the extreme cases and there is a line between girls who overuse make up and girls who use makeup.
Make up is more than a necessity to girls who come of age. At least a hint of blusher or a few slicks of mascara will do the trick for most girls. Of course, those of us with less than perfect skin may need more than a little bit of powder to cover up all those flaws and these are the type who will lay on the foundation even when they head out for a bite at the local mamak stall.
I believe that make up is a form of respect. You can’t go to someone’s wedding with a plain face. It’s like saying, “No, this occasion is not THAT important to me.” Make up equals effort. And effort means that you care.
But of course, you also get the type of girls who are too naive or confused as to how they should acknowledge the use of cosmetics. They do make good makeover guinea pigs to those of us who have too many makeup to spare. Understandably, if you’re of high school going age it is okay to be oblivious to all the basic necessities of make up. Eyeshadow alone is not make up. It’s child’s play. So even if I myself do not pay homage to the wonders of the COMPULSORY mascara, I still make sure if I am having make up on, I use my foundation, blusher, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, lip balm, lip gloss(no longer using lip stick) and of course, the eyeshadow.
Okay la, maybe I might be omitting out a few other crucial must-haves like a puff of powder after the whole make up is done and maybe some fake eye lashes. I’ve got to overcome the phobia of falling eyelashes first.
Furthermore, the belief that girls put on make up to impress guys might be true to a certaine extent but I personally believe that it’s actually the OTHER girls that we want to impress. We just want to be on par. We don’t want to be left out, you know?
I posed the question about wearing make up to work as a professional.
“My (future)sister-in-law is a good example! She doesn’t wear make up to work.” Justin chirped.
“Yeah Justin, but maybe that’s because it’s a a family business? I think most women wear make up to work,” said Chee Kiang.
Maybe it’s the nude look that Justin’s future sister in law is adopting, because I don’t think any woman who is a professional(ie. meeting clients all the time) will dare go to work bare faced. Heck, even when I was 15 years old, working at Nail Artz Sunway Pyramid, my boss used to berate the other employees to put on a slick of lipstick at the very least. I was the most heavily made up one despite being the youngest. 😛 Hiau por Lai, that’s me.
There are many ways to experiment with your face. Though I’m not an expert on make up application but I do believe that it is wise to at least put on some effort to show an ounce of respect. To stop being so..dowdy. So..unsavvy.
Just a bit will do!