Putting on a face….

Could you face being seen without make-up?  Hmmmmm!  Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Blog post "Putting on a Face"

I’m thinking about this because of an article I’ve read about a poll of 2000 women which found that the average woman wore make-up for 13 hours a day and that 20% wouldn’t open the front door without a full face of make-up.  I get the 13 hours a day: you put it on in the morning and you take it off before bedtime so that’s easily 13 hours a day, but I’m OK about being seen round the house without make-up if I’ve no need to put it on.  Going out is a different story and it is very unusual for me to knowingly face the world without at least a trace of lipstick.

Having said that, I don’t wear heavy make-up so a lot of people don’t notice anything other than I look a bit tired – but I know, and that, I think, is the crucial element.  Having said that, in summer, I love getting to the stage where my freckles have developed and I’ve got a bit of natural colour and I don’t even have to wear a tinted moisturiser.

What did shock me about the report was that 38% went to bed without taking their make-up off –  don’t they know what they’re doing to their skin?!?  The only time that I don’t take make-up off is when I’ve had a rather late night and a lot of alcohol is involved (and I may come down in the morning to find all the lights still blazing! :-D).  Other than that, it’s like cleaning my teeth; I couldn’t go to bed knowing that I didn’t have a clean, moisturised face, and that consistent behaviour has paid dividends over the years as I use the best quality skin care products (Arbonne Genius is just that!) and I have great skin.

It is interesting to note how important creating a “face” to greet the world is to women.  I was recently told of a book by Linda Grant which describes how women have done this for centuries, and even in the most appalling, gruelling, conditions like concentration camps during WWII where you would normally imagine looking good wasn’t top of the priority list.  Therefore make-up seems to be fundamental to the self-image of many women, and it also seems to be a factor in promotion at work where women are (consciously/unconsciously) discriminated against if they don’t wear make-up.  Is it any wonder that women will keep their make-up on if they are going to be judged with such long term consequences?

However, what I see quite a lot of is women who never really learned to apply their make-up and they feel bad about it.  They tell me they were more interested in other activities when they were teenagers – rather than practicing the latest look that the “Jackie” magazine had to offer (in their bedrooms with Boots 17 make-up – what I did!) and they never got round to it.  And, as they get older, they felt their only option was the dreaded Department Store Cosmetic Counter Makeover that they felt made them look like a clown so their priority was to walk out of the store hoping not to bump into anybody – before rushing home to wash off the make-up.

I help these women by identifying the colours that work for them and teach them to apply a natural make-up look so that they can see themselves enhanced rather than being smothered by make-up.  Once they see the effect, they feel far more confident about their appearance.  There is a huge debate about whether women should be judged over their appearance – absolutely they shouldn’t, but it is very hard to put the genie back in the bottle.  I would far rather help women to feel happy about what they see in the mirror (and that doesn’t have to be through the make-up we wear) rather than seeing the detrimental effects on self-esteem by insisting that women should not be judged.

So, what about you?  How wedded are you to wearing make-up, and what can you not live without?  I’m torn between blusher and lipstick (which could double up as a blusher if you could choose only one thing)!  Leave a comment below.

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For more, read:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10385501/Bosses-admit-they-would-discriminate-against-women-not-wearing-makeup.html

 

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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