Daryl wrote:You remind me of a t-shirt I once saw. It was a smudgey but quite recognisable image of Tammy Faye Bakker with the caption "Guess who I ran into at the mall?"
Q: "What did they find when they finally able to remove Tammy Faye Bakker's makeup?"
A: "Jimmy Hoffa."
Done in extreme moderation it can
look quite good; done poorly, however, the result can be positively ghastly. The point is to enhance, not bury.
You said that so efficiently I thought a taxonomy was an appropriate response. There seems to be four kinds of makeup wearers.
The first kind is the largest group, I think, and they are the ones who use it to enhance. Enhancers often do that so well that you can't tell they are wearing any makeup and may only discover it the one day they decide to go without. They want others to see their natural faces only more ideal. Makeup is not much work for enhancers.
The second kind uses makeup for augmentation. Augmenters add things their faces don't actually have, like more prominent cheeks, deeper eyes (including black outlined eyes), or highly emphasised lips. They want others to see their natural faces plus some additions they find appealing or artful. Makeup is fun for augmenters, however much work they put into it.
The third kind uses makeup to replace their own faces. Replacers use a full foundation, filling all cracks and hiding all blemishes until they have a smooth regular canvas upon which they can draw the face they want. Replacers want others to see that face always, never the face they have once their makeup is off. Makeup is a lot of work and worry for replacers.
Makeup wearers of the fourth kind are like the third kind plus the second kind. They are costumers and may often be chased by immigration authorities as extraterrestrials. Sometimes their hair is in colours that don't ordinarily exist in nature, and other objects may adorn or frame their faces as well as their whole bodies. Costumers would include Mimi in the Drew Carey Show
It's downright spooky that as I finished this the episode of the Drew Carey Show
where they did a Rocky Horror Picture Show
versus Priscilla Queen of the Desert
number popped up on the TV.