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A client of mine gave me this quote, meaning to me that eye makeup was a disgusting social trend that should be stomped out like a shoe to a spider—ohhhhr in my case, spider-eyes from the latest XXL Volumizing/Lengthening/Let’s-Really-Fake-It mascara.

Most of my male clients echoed the sentiment, though more subtly, bragging about the naturally pretty people in their lives that, “She wears NO makeup!” Could it be like most other cosmetic enhancers such as surgery or injections—-that makeup wears best on faces that do not need it? Those of us who rely on a little cosmetic assistance to leave the house in the morning are evidently not fooling anyone behind our shields of eyeshadow.

I blame the beauty manuals that we women make out of magazines. They sell pages of dramatic eyes, many with detailed instruction on how to duplicate the look. The magazines seem to peddle a sense of feminine safety—-it’s okay if we‘re not born with it—-a dark liner or shimmer shadow can make us a suitable social mask.

Too bad that men see though it.

My muse to female readers is: Like doctors ask about alcoholic consumption, do you wear eye makeup? How many times per week? Socially, or as in, “I have to put on my face;” a comment that usually refers to female eyes.

I choose to hold tightly to my mascara and to wear it boldly, because I like a subtle lie.

I wish that men would stop telling me the truth about women’s looks; and that women would stop lying about how easy it is to paint them to good.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 19, 2009
    • I wear eye makeup daily. Being a natural blonde ( with the recent addition of natural silver hi lites I am trying to cover). I have blonde lashes.
      So daily I slap on some brown liner, taupe eye shadow, lancomes cil booster, then lancomes difinicils in black.
      I actually look like I have eyes now.



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 19, 2009
    • Of course I wear eye make up ..... I like wearing it and I have always worn it - I don’t like my face without it ..



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      Bluerose wrote Apr 20, 2009
    • I’m still consider myself a make-up newbie.  However, now that I’ve discovered mascara ... I’m not giving it up!



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      Jenz ~ wrote Apr 20, 2009
    • Ok. Let’s talk cosmetics.
      Some people put it on very well, some don’t, some don’t need it but wear it anyway, and there are others who just don’t use it. As for having to have it on to leave the house, I’m not one of those people. I enjoy wearing it and also enjoy doing makeovers on other people. Plus I’m into photography and makeup usually plays a huge part in it.
      My opinion has always been that makeup is meant to even out skin tones and ENHANCE our features, not to mask them. If you are looking at someone’s makeup rather than their face, they‘re wearing too much. It drives me NUTS when someone has a line on their jaw. ACK!
      Another point of view, of course guys say they like it when we don’t wear makeup. They hate the taste of it. lol
      As for cosmetics being stomped out like a shoe to a spider- it will NEVER happen, nor should it.
      I wonder what the fashion/cosmetic industry would say to that.
      Oh well, everyone’s entitled to an opinion.
      Put me in front of MK, Smashbox or MAC or in a Sephora store and I’m like a kid in a candy store!



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      Robinesque wrote Apr 20, 2009
    • I have been wearing makeup since high school, have never gone overboard and have the photos to prove it. (SEVENTEEN magazine. I wonder how long it will be until I STOP wearing it).  Too much makeup on someone is another pet peeve of mine.  I actually took my daughter into my bathroom and gave her a side-by-side, step-by-step lesson in application.  RAAAARELY will I venture out without eye makeup.  If I’m going someplace where it’s not necessary to take off my black sunglasses, then, it’s only killer lips and the glasses that I need.



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      Polly W wrote Apr 20, 2009
    • I have to admit that some women really need a serious lesson on how to apply cosmetics, including eye makeup. Lightly lining the eyes and applying a nice color of shadow and some mascara is fine, but clumpy masaca, thick black lines and heavy shadow looks very bad, and ages a woman. Big blue stripes and weird colors look very unattractive (think of the woman on the drew carey show, or tammy faye baker). Just a little instruction would go a long way with some people. You don’t have to be heavy handed with the cosmetics to look natural and polished.



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      Angelcart wrote Apr 21, 2009
    • I’m pretty much a minimalist when it comes to make up.  I love to wear sheer foundation with a nice blush and Lancome mascara (the best I think) and lip gloss.  I’ll wear eye shadow every now and then.  My husband tells me I don’t neeed make up but.......I feel I look much better wearing it.  I too hate to see women wearing too much make up and especially when they are wearing dark blue eyeshadow.  It looks soooo un-natural.  I also agree with the others that make up is to enhance - not overkill.



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