As mentioned before, I’m conflicted on makeup: vacillating between
(1) the inalienable ginger right to bear mascara and
(2) feminist unease about face-painting, disguising onself, performing through a mask rather than living and being, and presenting a socially-acceptable outer shell that satisfies (patriarchal, phallogocentric, female-objectifying, anti-feminist) convention.
But there’s two other angles on this.
ONE: fun. Play. Enjoying yourself messing about. Like those blissfully happy hours spent with colours in kindergarten and primary school (and, let’s admit it, secondary-school art class).
TWO: Talia Joy Castellano’s marvellous makeup tutorials at Make-upisMYwig, and her reasons for wearing and enjoying makeup, and spreading her enjoyment (and, less happily, reasons) to others.
It takes a lot of guts to go from this (6 days ago)
to this (3 days ago)
alas, then this (yesterday):
Screw all those YouTube makeup pseudo-gurus. Pass these links on. Subscribe. Follow. Help someone talented AND deserving go viral!