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Why do you wear make up?

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clarequilty Wed 07-Aug-13 13:43:58

Just that, really.

shootfromthehip Wed 07-Aug-13 13:50:23

Several reasons, I hope you are sitting comfortably...

1) I have bad skin and being in my mid thirties, I feel the need to hide the fact that I look like a teenager

2) I have a very masculine face; long nose, strong jaw, big forehead (ha- not selling myself really here). It feminises me.

3) I like the dressing up aspect of making myself look completely different according to my mood- strong colours/ classic combinations/ natural etc etc

4) I have a job in which I think grooming is really important- I think make up makes me look well turned out.

That's mainly it wink

libertychick Wed 07-Aug-13 13:50:35

I did not wear make up on a daily basis until about 2/3 years ago (I am 40). But now my skin is not as good - stress, sleep deprivation etc mean I just look a bit tired and old so I find a bit of foundation, concealer, blush and lippy makes me look a bit fresher and therefore I feel better about myself. It's mainly for work - I don't always bother at the weekend.

BinksToEnlightenment Wed 07-Aug-13 14:31:13

The same reason I don't wear a sleeping bag with holes cut out for my feet and arms.

bunnymother Wed 07-Aug-13 14:32:16

You wouldn't ask the question if you saw me without makeup. grin

Thurlow Wed 07-Aug-13 14:34:51

It makes me feel better. I don't mind not wearing make-up, but I feel that I look a bit better with it on - foundation evens out any blotches, mascara and cheek tint make me look a bit less washed out.

LadyintheRadiator Wed 07-Aug-13 14:35:39

So that when I pass a mirror/reflective surface I don't think 'oh bloody hell'.

Panzee Wed 07-Aug-13 14:36:11

I scare myself without make up. grin I don't even wear much, just foundation, nothing else.

ImNotBloody14 Wed 07-Aug-13 14:36:23

1) i love the way it changes my appearance- i love how different colours, products and brushes can all have a vastly different effect.

2) i like the look of a made-up face- whether that be very subtle natural make-up or clearly, well done, but artificial looking make-up (not badly applied shit- the pro stuff)

3) increasingly my mother asks me what's wrong with me if she happens to catch me without make-up- meaning i look like shit without it so must be ill hmm

MrsPercyPig Wed 07-Aug-13 14:37:34

I look like death without it!

I don't wear lots of makeup, just tinted moisturiser and blusher to give me a 'glow' and it makes me feel good!

myalias Wed 07-Aug-13 14:40:02

To disguise the bad and enhance the good - I work in customer service and I'm not going to deny it but far too vain to go make up free and wearing it gives me confidence.

HomeEcoGnomist Wed 07-Aug-13 14:40:18

Lots of reasons

I am very fair so look like I have no eyelashes if I don't wear mascara

I think I look nice in it

I like buying it/reading magazine articles and learning more about what to use

I don't want to scare small children

At work, it is part of my 'mask'/image, whatever you want to call it.

Nothing to do with what others think, or to please a man, or because I am at the mercy of the patriarchy

Why do you ask OP?

ImNotBloody14 Wed 07-Aug-13 14:40:47

"The same reason I don't wear a sleeping bag with holes cut out for my feet and arms."

heat preservation? confused grin

Hassled Wed 07-Aug-13 14:41:03

Because I look as rough as a badger's arse without it. Seriously rough. And to add to the original issues (primarily, scary dark rings below my eyes), one of the many, many joys of the perimenopause is that I'm getting brown pigmentation creeping across my face - I can't just leave that uncovered.

lottieandmia Wed 07-Aug-13 14:42:24

Because it enhances the way I look and I feel smarter with it on.

oreoaddict Wed 07-Aug-13 14:44:03

hmmmm, it's hard to think why really because I've been wearing it on a daily basis, since I was 12 confused I know...... quite young. I'm 29 now and the idea of not having it to hand, fills me with horror!

Again, I don't really know why I feel the need, so I'm probably not the best person to post on here grin I'm blessed with good skin, but wear foundation every day. I also wear, mascara, lipstick and eyeliner every day too.

I'm pale and I have big eyes, so I look a little gothic without make up, but tbh, I think it's just habit and the fact that I'm more comfortable looking at my face with makeup, rather than without. I guess I just feel more me with makeup, which is quite sad really isn't it.

Lottapianos Wed 07-Aug-13 14:46:14

Very good question!

My face is all different colours - red cheeks, grey eye sockets, slight brown patches on cheekbones - and make-up evens it all out
I don't think I'm attractive or feminine enough without it sad
It gives me confidence
It's fun - I love wearing bright eyeshadows and mucking around with black eyeliner etc.

cloudskitchen Wed 07-Aug-13 14:46:47

I prefer the way my face looks with it on. mascara frames my eyes, tinted mousturiser or foundation in winter even out my skin tone and lip colour enhances my slightly colourless lips.

Keztrel Wed 07-Aug-13 14:46:53

Because it makes me look prettier.

Bexicles Wed 07-Aug-13 15:07:20

I have very pale skin without make up I have dark circles and look wiped out! I don't use too much just blush, lipstick, mascara, eyebrow pencil and light foundation during the day. Also I love the ritual, it's part of my morning routine.

Skinheadmermaid Wed 07-Aug-13 15:43:43

When i was younger i used to match my eyeshadow etc to my outfits and do fancy designs. I used to be really fat as well and wanted to draw attention away from my super sized frame. ( not that it worked!)
Now i wear a shed load of foundation and concealer because my skin is just AWFUL. Really appallingly bad and its quite depressing. sad almost every month i have huge lumps of cystic acne cropping up on my chin and loads and loads of scars over that whole area from years of it despite me not touching them. I also have loads of tiny white heads and bumps if i eat anything my body doesn't like: sugar, wheat, grease. I know i shouldn't eat junk food and i rarely do but thats enough for my bloody skin!
Now the spots have stared creeping up my previously clear cheeks and forehead so i have to smother the whole area in cover up.
As i've spent so much time in the mornings doing my base i feel i might as well finish my face and draw attention to areas i do like so then finish off with lipstick, blusher, eyeshadow, liner and mascara.
I would love to just go out with a slick of mascara and a bit of lip balm like other women but i look an absolute fright. sad

Hopefully Wed 07-Aug-13 15:50:31

I look much more business like at work

I feel like my look is much more stylish with red lipstick, my whole outfit feels more polished, even if it's quite casual.

I don't wear it every single day, but most of the time I do my three essentials of tinted moisturiser, mascara and lipstick

JemimaMuddledUp Wed 07-Aug-13 15:53:06

Because it makes me look better. I don't look terrible without it (I'm not wearing any right now as I have just go home from taking the DC swimming so I didn't bother putting any on this morning - I didn't notice anyone running away screaming in terror while I was out and about) but I do look and feel better with a little bit. I go for a natural look, usually very lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser, one coat of mascara and a slick of neutral lip gloss. It makes me look like me, but better.

Nagoo Wed 07-Aug-13 15:58:08

To cover up my zits primarily. I am 34 and have as many as I did when I was 14. I am less bothered on a good skin day.

To make me feel a bit 'done' when I go somewhere. I like to feel like I have tried to make an effort so if I whack a bit of mascara/ blusher on, I feel more ready-to-go!

Selks Wed 07-Aug-13 15:58:13

Because I want to.

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