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the price of beauty. - Karen's Musings
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the price of beauty.
I get frequent email from someone I used to buy Mary Kay products from. I still like MK products, but it happens I can't stand her, so I mostly ignore her unless she's having some incredible sale.

Anyway, she pounds into her customers that they should never leave the house without makeup. She sends articles "proving" that women who wear makeup to the office get more promotions and make more money. She sent an email about an Oprah show on ways to look 10 years younger or something, and one of the four major points was to wear makeup every day. Sje reminds us that we look better, feel better, and present ourselves differently when we are dressed nicely and wearing makeup.

At the very least, she says, one should never leave the house without foundation, cheek color, eye color, mascara, and lip color.

Now, I've gotta say, I wholeheartedly agree that I feel better about myself when I'm dressed nicely and my makeup is done well. I present myself with far more confidence and feel more professional and blah blah blah. I, for one, do not generally leave the house without makeup. However, my not leaving the house without makeup isn't anywhere near what HER not leaving the house without makeup is. I wear, at a minimum, foundation and blush and (if I think of it) mascara. Odds are slim that I will take the time for eye color (and by the way, by eye color, she means a two step process), and I rarely wear lipstick as I have to reapply it every 20 minutes or so anyway and that annoys me.

But to have a minimum of FIVE products to apply to my face every day? (and mind you, that's not counting the three steps of basic skincare she recommends before the makeup) That would irritate me. No, irritate is the wrong word. But I can't convince makeup to stay on my face for very long. I don't know why. I've made a concerted effort to not touch my face as much and it still seems like I get home and it looks like I'm not wearing any makeup at all. And I'm not going to do makeup touchups all day every day. So basically, I'm not meeting the criteria and I'm going to be underpaid all my life (that's actually not fair as I'm paid pretty much exactly what I'm worth right now). Apparently short people get paid less and get fewer promotions. Add that to the fact that I don't wear a five-step makeup process every day (not including skin care)... well, clearly I'm going to be an unsuccessful nitwit for most of my life.

Sigh. I'm a girly girl for the most part. I wear makeup most of the time. I don't like to be seen without it. But I just hate being told that not wearing makeup is a sign that I have no self-worth, or that I won't get paid enough, or that I'll be very unhappy, or blah blah blah.

Sigh. Thank heavens she's not typical of the Mary Kay Reps I know.

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 28th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have gotten so bad about wearing makeup. It's been ... oh jeez, the last time I think I wore any at all was ... late June? I think sometimes that I ought to make an effort, at least put on something ... but I'm terribly lazy about it. And even when I put it on, I would only use 3 products for daily wear: eyeshadow, mascara and (maybe) lipstick. For me, fancy means I up the number to 5: eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner/eyebrow pencil (I use the same stick for both), lipstick and powder.
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: February 28th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Make up

Okay. I'm dead lazy. I used to wear make-up and every couple of years, I even buy some, but I never wear it. I should put on moisturizer, but I don't. I don't like the feel of stuff on my face.

As it happens, I have long eyelashes, a decent, if not great, complexion (even with the rosecea) and dark lips.

If someone feels better in makeup, or really does look better in makeup, then they should absolutely wear it. I just resent the idea that someone who really doesn't like wearing it *has* to wear it to get ahead. (And what of the poor soul who just doesn't know how to apply it - who was taught wrong or doesn't have the coordination or taste to do it right? She'd be better off without, wouldn't she?)
malkin From: malkin Date: February 28th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Make up

I'm a rosacean, too! I buy makeup about once every two years, for a dress-up event (like my sister's wedding), and don't wear it the rest of the time, and haven't since high school. I pretty much quit it, because I felt like it was a psychological dependency that I didn't need.

When I worked at LCI, one of the guys on the Board told one of our secretaries that a woman should never show up to work without makeup. I told her that if he ever said that to her again, she was to send him to my desk, so I could quit to his face.

Alot of people have marvelled at how young-looking my face is, at 31, and I think that part of why my skin has stayed young and healthy is because I'm not layering weird crap onto it every day. I mean seriously, what's IN makeup? I don't know! Isn't it in the makeup company's best interest to slowly ruin your skin, so that you have to wear it all the time to look fresh and young? (That sounds sinister, doesn't it?) It's bad enough already that they make their money by making us feel insecure!
cellio From: cellio Date: February 28th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's BS. I grant that there are almost certainly particular professions where compliance to the American definition of beauty affects one's career prospects, but not all of them by a long shot. TV anchors and other salespeople have to care; techies do not.

I haven't worn makeup since high school. I have a viable career, make what I'm worth, and have no self-image problems. Oh, and that's despite being short. And overweight. So there! :-) (That is directed at your saleswoman, not at you.)
ellipticcurve From: ellipticcurve Date: February 28th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is this "makeup" of which you speak?

No, just kidding. cahwyguy's daughter frequently accuses me of being afraid of makeup; I'm not, I just don't care.
Fortunately for me, my career is such that I don't have to wear any. I can also wear jeans to work. Engineering is the place to be!
either_or From: either_or Date: February 28th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
i like to wear eyeliner most days. but other make-up makes me look clownish. i think it's b/c my features are all too big (all of them!), and they really shouldn't be emphasized in any way.

i've heard that thing about short people.

anyway, though...i've been trying to be nicer to my face lately.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: March 1st, 2005 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I leave the house for work wearing light foundation (Clinique) eyeliner, earthtone shadow lightly applied and lip gloss. I never use mascara and only now and again to I put blush on top of my foundation. All these products wreak havoc on my face in general, I try to minimize it.
From: gittygiggles Date: March 1st, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
oh whatever. make up can bite me. the last time i wore make up was my wedding. it's more of a pain than it's worth!
chite From: chite Date: March 1st, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow. I would never do that! I love my skin care customers, and I love my makeup customers, and I love my mascara-only customers! Those articles are supposed to be to inspire MK consultants to be better consultants, not to send to customers to make them feel like their regime is inadequate.

ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: March 2nd, 2005 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I realized recently that I only wear makeup when I'm feeling bad or angry about something and I'm trying to cheer myself up.

So I mentioned that to my coworker, and now when I show up "painted," she announces to the whole unit "Gina's wearing makeup, y'all better watch out."
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