A man in Algeria recently filed a lawsuit against his newlywed bride for “fradulence” after seeing her without makeup. I was appalled at first when I read the news online. I mean, how possible is it that you had never seen a bare faced version of your wife-to-be before walking down the aisle?! According to the online source, the wife, if found guilty by a court, will be reportedly paying well over 20,000USD for “psychological suffering”.
Spare me, please! I can’t stop laughing!
There’s been a huge increase in demand on the makeup industry in the last couple of years. A while back, a makeup artist was a young girl who wasn’t doing too well in school and was looking for an easy passport to fame or fortune.
She was the unserious sibling and the black sheep of the family who had decided “to bring disgrace to the family name”. Trust Nigerian parents to take this very personally.
Today? Hmmmm. Help me complete my line of thought. From the main boss herself, Tara Fela-Durotoye to countless others making their mark in the industry or trying to make us believe they are.(Someone said to me one day, ” what is it sef; every young lady in Lagos is a makeup artist!”)
As with everything, new fads, techniques, products have ammased the market making perfection easier to attain. Self help videos, makeup trainings, you name it. The average Nigerian lady can and will make herself as flawless as she possibly can.
And as with everything, the onslaught especially from the male folk has been “it”; for lack of an appropriate word. From the natural soft, breezy looks that make it hard for the guys to tell a lady is even wearing makeup to the glaring, bizzare and yet amazing transformations we see makeup artists perform with their brushes.
But really, my point is; is it really deceit; when a girl, with the aid of makeup looks exceptionally beautiful than she normally would? There’s the religious twist to it as well; is it demonic? I mean, Satan is the father of lies isn’t it? Is it necessary? Does it really matter what I look like with or without some liner and false lashes?
I like to think about things differently. And I like to think about makeup as an art. I love makeup. I use makeup.
I like to see it used nicely on a woman’s face. And I respect women like Tara who turned her passion into a thriving business enterprise that is not only creating profit but creating and reproducing results in lives as well.
So. I see a makeup artist as that. An artist. And the human face as his/her canvas. An artist’s canvas is usually a bland material – boring, uneventful, basic, plain, meaningless, flat. Then he fuses in some colors and brush strokes and hints and shadows, creating depth, meaning, value, art.
If we appreciate that, why not this? When we think of paintings like the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper, we do not think of how deceitful the artist was in not leaving the piece of wood as natural as it were. We appreciate the work, and the effort that has been put into creating it. We try to imagine what the artist must have been thinking, why he made this piece, what it means or represents or the story he is trying to tell in a single piece of art.
When women wear makeup, I believe it basically portrays our desire as mini creators to make beautiful things out of ordinary raw materials. And we want to capture the colors and precision and art in pictures that are as eternal like the Mona Lisa.
And I see nothing wrong with that.
“Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or the change of clothes.” (Amplified version)
In 1st Peter 3: 3-4, Peter talks to the women in the congregation about the right way to be beautiful and I agree. I’m not all for facial beauty. Anyone can be beautiful these days. I mean, anyone. If seeing a lady without makeup is your idea of knowing her well, good luck to you. Makeup or not, the characters we have built over the years, our convictions, our belief systems, how we treat people, who we are, those are the things that matter and determine who we spend our lives with or not.
Life is all about balance. You have to find a balance point in everything. I do not agree that makeup should be used to completely alter appearances. It was made to enhance a woman’s natural features.
Beauty is not beautiful anymore if it’s trying too hard.
Share your thoughts; what do you think about makeup and the average 21st century woman?
Love, The Quiet One.