Written in May
Frankly, at the risk of sounding highly conceited, they could have just interviewed me! Gah!
I mean Jeez! someone didnt wear make up for an year and they are in the front pages of the newspaper, and here I am , not having used make up all my life, except during the marriage ceremony and dance programs, and I dont get interviewed hmpf!
But on a serious note, the article touched upon a lot of aspects including the pressure women have on them, to look good.
If you come to our office wash room in the morning, you will find loads of ladies in various stages of making up including applying compact, foundation, lip stick, eye liner, etc etc. I think, I must be the only one who washes her face and runs away.
Does make up make a woman more beautiful? I personally have noticed that most women I know look the same to me with and without make up. Does beauty really get enhanced with make up? I dont know.
I only know, that as someone from a chemical background, I shudder to think of the chemicals that go into the making of make up, whether its lipstick, or eye liner or the compact powder. Thats one of the reasons why I avoid using make up. Of course, the first and the foremost reason is I am L.A.Z.Y. I cant imagine undergoing the rigmarole of make up everyday.
And I really admire women who do have the patience to do that.
A lot of women in my office I have spoken to, often mention that their spouses like it when they apply make up. Or it makes them feel more professional. Or that they themselves like their faces with make up. There are loads of reasons why make up has become an integral part of a woman’s life, and I dont want to judgmental and say this is right and this is wrong.
If one applies make up for one’s own satisfaction, thats great. But if someone does it under the pressure of the society or for the need to ‘catch up with the Joneses’ thats where I think may become an issue.
To use make up or not is one’s individual choice and it should remain like that.
Personally, I dont like wearing lipstick because I end up eating it anyways. But I like wearing kajal because my goblin eyes (Thats what RD says they are gah!) seem to look a bit decent if I wear them.
Whats your make up mantra? Do you leave the house without make up? Does an average Indian woman spend time on make up at all or is it just left for occasions?