Wearing Makeup for the First Time…

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I’m a girl, and it has taken me over 26 years of my life to start wearing makeup. While I had worn the occasional foundation and lipstick during my childhood, it was only for special occasions– I otherwise went barefaced for school, work, and social life. It wasn’t until recently that I started to wear a full-face of makeup on a regular basis, and I admit, it’s felt kind of weird.

Why this sudden change? Did I suddenly wake up one day and decided to go full glam? Not at all. The main reason for wearing makeup nearly daily is due to my current job: I work in a line of customer service that requires its female employees to be put-together, and it clearly states in our employee handout that makeup is a must. Not just a little bit of foundation and lipstick, but also eyeliner, mascara, concealer, and blush– basically, it’s a full-face of makeup for our services.

I admit, I was thrown at having to wear makeup for work. Considering that I’d never worn it otherwise for my previous jobs or in my daily life, I would be going from zero to 100 in the cosmetic world. That required going out to purchase different makeup accessories (although some I borrowed from my sister) and learning how to apply them effectively to my face. I had all but a few days to buy, apply, and practice the makeup technique before I started work, and I found it rather stressful to look the part for my job.

What do I wear on my face? It comes down to seven components: foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick. In that order of application. I’ve learned that the first two items are to even out skin tone and hide blemishes (e.g. acne, birthmarks, moles), while the following three items are for accentuating the eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Blush is for giving off that healthy, rosy glow while lipstick is for bringing attention to the mouth, for that last touch of femininity.

Honestly, I have to thank my sister for giving me a crash course in makeup, teaching me the function of each item and how to apply them. I’d been absolutely clueless beforehand about it all, and now I have a better understanding of what to use and how much of it. I remember taking over 45 minutes to apply everything the first time I tried– now, I have reduced it to a 15 to 20-minute session. Granted, I still need to work on perfectly my eyeliner and eyebrow techniques, but otherwise, I’m doing okay so far.

I think I definitely look different when I have a full-face of makeup on. Well, I think friends and family would still recognize me if they were to see me wearing makeup at my job, but it would certainly be a surprise for them, because again, I never wear makeup when I’m not working. If I had to put it a certain way, I’d say that I look more elegant and slightly older with makeup on, especially when I put on my company’s uniform. The transformation is pretty astonishing, actually.

Going off of that, I also believe that people treat me differently with vs. without makeup. I’ve run errands/gone out sans makeup, and people don’t really pay me any mind– I actually look younger without makeup, so maybe looking like I’m a teenager doesn’t make me stand out in the adult crowd.

On the other hand, I’ve gotten some attention when I wear makeup, especially at my job where I have to deal with thousands of people each day. Of course, there are some people who are too busy to pay attention or care, but I’ve had older men, babies, and even the occasional cute girl give me a second look-over while I’m doing my job. Even older women seem to respect me when I help them. At first, I felt uncomfortable with the subtle glances, and even if that feeling still lingers, it isn’t so much a big deal anymore. If anything, I’m somewhat flattered, and it’s really incredible just how huge a difference makeup can make on how others treat you.

It’s interesting that makeup is such a big deal for women in our society. Even if you’re the most-stubborn, no-makeup kind of girl out there, our media pressures us to buy and wear even a little bit of it to look “presentable.” I mean, I’ve gotten away with wearing almost no makeup for 26 years of my life, and it wasn’t until getting this current job that I, too, have become a makeup consumer. Buying cosmetic products isn’t cheap, depending on the brand, and I’d rather save that money for things I actually do want. Alas, it can’t be helped…

Even if I rather not wear makeup for my job (and life, in general), I admit that I’m starting to be comfortable when I do have to put it on. I do like the concept of taking time for oneself to look good, to “transform” oneself into a glamorous individual. I can see how putting makeup on is a way to look and feel more confident, and I do feel an extra layer of self-assurance whenever I do so.

I guess the point of this post is to give my two cents on how I started wearing makeup, and how it affects our femininity and society’s perspective and attitude towards women with cosmetics. While I wouldn’t choose to put it on outside of work (aside from fancy soirées), I think makeup isn’t as bad of a thing as I’d thought it was. When used appropriately, it can be a great tool for personal expression, self-confidence, and attracting others to you. Especially if you’re a shy person (like I am), having an outer coating of beautification can be a way to break you out of your shell and talk to people when they gravitate towards you, and they can see that not only do you look beautiful, but your personality is beautiful, too.

 

What are your thoughts on makeup? Do you wear it? Let me know!

— The Finicky Cynic

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9 thoughts on “Wearing Makeup for the First Time…

    1. rebbit7

      I definitely agree. I’m still getting accustomed to putting it on and how it affects people’s perspective. So far, it’s been good!

  1. I think in time you’ll get used to it 🙂 I only knew how to put makeup on me when I was in university because of my friends. They kind of influenced me hahaha but I don’t wear much of it now unless it’s really needed cause it takes too much time and it’s such a hassle to remove!

    1. rebbit7

      I’ve gotten more or less used to applying it. When I’m not working, I don’t wear it at all. Definitely saves a lot of time in the day to do other things!

  2. Makeup for me personally is a choice. I would wear it only when I go out and stay barefaced while at home.
    I do think that society does put pressure on girls/woman to always look good,however, Makeup is not for everyone.
    Makeup is only a cover up for flaws or inperfections most of the time and i feel that it is not a must.

    1. rebbit7

      I definitely agree wth you. Makeup is something I wear for work, but otherwise, I don’t wear it at all. It’s a shame that our society pressures women to wear it, but you’re not obligated to, if you don’t want to at all. Thanks for reading!

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