Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Is That The Way You Look?

Many, many years ago I dropped by my girlfriend’s house. Something about her seemed different but I couldn’t pin down exactly what it was.

Finally I had to ask her. She laughed and asked me just what about her seemed so different that day.

“I’m not sure,” I said, “but it's something about your eyes. Like they look uh, smaller.”

After going back and forth for a while, she told me. “I’m not wearing any makeup.”

“Oh.” We hadn’t been seeing each other for that long of a time and it was the first time she was sans makeup. But we were close enough to where I could tell her, “You look like you were faded out.”

We had a good laugh that day. Inside I marveled at how much difference makeup meant. Another time she was telling me that she plucked her eyebrows. “Why do you do that?” I asked her.

“If I didn’t, I’d look like Groucho Marx.”

We had another good laugh about that one. It took a little while for me to get used to her non-makeup look and I always wondered how bad it could be if she didn’t pluck her eyebrows.

Makeup or no makeup, it was still her. She was quite judicious in her application of it so that is probably why I noticed a difference but couldn’t place it. Did I prefer one or the other? The first time, I preferred the with makeup look; but later on it really didn’t matter; she looked fine either way.

My own preference is for lesser or no makeup, rather than more, however. I notice that women may become nearly unrecognizable when they prepare for a special event and plaster themselves with makeup. I especially hate bright red lipstick. Younger girls, like teenagers, also tend to overdo it when they first begin using makeup and they turn into Dracula or look like they contracted a severe case of racoonitis. I always think, they looked just fine. Why do they have to put on all that makeup? Do they really think they look better that way? Or do they actually look better and it is just me who thinks otherwise?

To me, a lot of makeup makes someone look unbalanced. If “makeup” comes to my mind when I first look at someone, then they’re using too much.

On the other hand, there are plenty of cases favoring the use of makeup. Just Google “Celebrities without makeup” and see what you come up with. Or click here for an example.

That's Anna Kournikova at the top of this post. Which side gains your favor at first glance - left or right? My vote was for the right side, as I would bet most people would vote. But as I look at the picture, something about the left side is more appealing to me. She looks more natural. Takes some getting used to, though.

Look at some of the other pictures on that site I linked above, though. There's some severe cases there that are just crying for some cosmetic intervention!

Left or right side of the picture, the person is the person, no matter what she (or he, since it is not confined to just females) looks like but without makeup, is she or he going to be in that upcoming movie or on the cover of People Magazine? Would they still be the celeb without the aid of their makeup artist or image consutant?

Anyway, this is supposed to be a blog about wine, not about women and makeup so just pretend I was talking about wine instead.

And in conclusion.. (click here if you can't see the video below)


Diane Letulle said...

Ah, I was waiting for you to make the perfect segue into wine...Let me try. Make-up hides flaws and emphasizes good points, ideally, but as you said, sometimes it makes a person unrecognizable. Same thing with grapes. The judicious use of oak or blending can bring out something wonderful in a wine. But, we've all had the experience with a wine maker getting carried away with the oak, or using "designer" yeasts to come up with something that tastes nothing like the wine he or she started with. Less make-up, more natural women. Less manipulation, more naturally expressive wine.

MonkuWino said...

Thanks, Diane, you said it better than I could!