DOES APPLYING MAKE-UP BETRAY YOUR REAL LOOKS – There’s a bit of a debate going on over at Reddit after a set of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs were taken of a woman who was professionally transformed by applying everyday cosmetics.
The photographs (below) were the work of make-up artist Melissa Murphy with the title ‘Make-up. That’s it’; in which the original image shows a bare faced woman with shinny skin, acne and the odd scar.
As you can see by the photographs the transformation is quite remarkable; the lady in question even appears considerably thinner in the face and certainly appears to have flawless skin.
The debate on Reddit is that of ‘betrayal’ and poses the question as to whether applying make-up simply hides the true nature of the woman – is it a case of false advertising?
The debated kicked off with one rather admonishing view by the user plokoonismyfave with the remark
“The left is uglier than the right, but beauty is subjective. The right is her wearing a (figurative and literal) mask.”
I have to admit, as a guy, I’m not overly fond of women who wear a lot of make-up; I much prefer the natural look and of course beauty will always remain in the eye of the beholder.
The real issue here is that the fashion and beauty industry continue to ram down our throats that women should be skinnier, more elegant, graceful, smell good and of course look flawless.
What people often fail to realise in today’s world of airbrushed glamour is that we are all beautiful in our own natural way.
I’m clocking 50 years of age. I don’t have time to exercise as I’m forever sitting in this chair writing articles – I love what I do but my little belly is no longer little – in fact Leon is getting larger.
Do I particularly appreciate my portly appearance? In fact no and I know I should really start taking a little more exercise but I’m not vein enough to worry about what people think of me. I am after all completely unique; there is not another like me and for all my flaws and even the blackhead’s I am and will remain uniquely me.
We simply, in my humble view, place far too much emphasis on a person’s looks and we have been successfully brainwashed by the fashion and beauty industry.
We are continuously told we are too fat, too bald (still got all my hair), too ugly, too smelly and in order to be accepted into society we need to shower, dress and apply make-up to an acceptable standard so that we ‘look’ the part.
The cosmetic industry, up until 20 years ago, primarily targeted females but this has now spilled over into the male audience and we now have make-up that is specifically designed for men.
I often wonder how far things will go before we successfully transform ourselves into something that we are not. Certainly the glamour industry gave rise to the surgeon’s knife so that we could further transform our looks in order to comply and fit in with what the industry considers beautiful.
I for one think the lady above, in her natural state, is far more attractive. My view is that there is nothing false about the way she is presented and referring to her as plain or ugly is completely and utterly ridiculous for nobody’s natural looks should every be perceived as odd or ugly but rather as nature intended… completely unique.