But then, a friend of mine back in India enlightened me. You see, she is or at least, used to be one such person. One who applied make-up if she stepped out of home. So it didn’t matter if she was going to the gym or to the shops or to college, she would have her lipstick on, her eyeliner, mascara, foundation and rouge. For her, it was all about looking her best. I did ask whether she sweated at the gym…apparently not much. [I on the other hand, do not glow. I perspire. Profusely. I look like a hag during and after my workout!] Anyway, there were other theories that these women were also using the gym as a place to pick-up. Fair enough. But that didn’t explain the woman I saw at my gym on Monday because it’s an all-women’s gym.
I wonder though — all these women that have the need to apply make-up before they leave the house no matter where they are going — do they have such a low opinion of how they look? Think about it. Why would you apply all of what I said above if you were just going to the shops? To buy groceries? For that matter, I never understood the few women that would be all made-up to college or uni. We were going there to learn. To study. The friend I mentioned before would wake up early in order to apply her make-up. She even advised me to apply more make-up if I wanted to pick up a guy when I came to Australia (and she was overseas then living on-campus and not leaving her residence unless she had made her face). She couldn’t understand my lack of wanting to apply make-up the same way as I found it hard to understand her need to do so. She is an attractive woman even without make-up. And I think that’s what made it harder for me to fathom why she needed to put on so much.
Don’t get me wrong — I don’t think I look fabulous or anything. But I’m comfortable with the way I look. Plain or otherwise. The only make-up I apply is eyeliner and a dash of lipstick (which barely lasts an hour into work) whether I’m going to work or a party. For grocery shopping, I don’t bother!
Is it just women with such self-esteem issues? Or is there a male equivalent to make-up?
I don’t mean to offend anyone with this post. But I am really curious. What is it that possesses some women to give up sleep in order to apply make-up?
Are you one of those women? Or do you know anyone like that? Do share.
All I can think of is a poor self-concept about the way one looks.
Until next time,