The gals over at The Frisky polled amongst themselves to see how long they’d go in a relationship before they’d let a guy see their true colors. No, not the way you get when you’re super P.M.S.-y and yelling at some poor barista for getting your order wrong at Starbucks: This article is all about the makeup, folks. From editor Amelia Perry who said she goes out without a full face of cosmetics on dates because “cause, duh, they sleep over and I wake up without it on!” to commenters who claimed that not wearing makeup was some sort of holier-than-thou statement, the responses were across the board. And here at Crushable, we found ourselves on opposite sides of the spectrum as well.
Me: I’m not trying to make a statement when I leave the house without makeup, and certainly not any kind of in-your-face (no pun intended) “take me for who I am, zits and all” sort of sentiment … I just never really taught myself how to do quick makeup procedures. Like, I don’t even know how to put on cover-up without it looking fake. I can do eyeliner (liquid only), eyeshadow (that usually ends up looking like a drag queen’s), and lipstick. That’s it, that’s my entire face routine. And that’s me getting dolled up for a guy … though I don’t worry so much about him seeing my bare face in the morning, seeing as I usually forget to wash off the makeup from the night before. Now, tell me that’s not worse than just going au naturale?
Erin: My college friend had a term for women who eschewed makeup, at all times: No Makeup Girls. We simply did not understand the Chapstick-only beauty regimen; the bare faces translated to an overall unfussy, earthy style that I admired but would never, ever try for myself. I’ve always loved lipstick and eyeshadow and mascara; I wear it every day, not so much that it’s too too, but just because I value putting my best face forward. It’s not for men. It’s not for women. It’s for me. Makeup is a pick-me-up, and lifts my mood. A perfect ending to a bad day? A mental-health trip to Sephora. To the cosmetics-free snobs I say, live a little!
So where do you stand on the debate? On a scale of Katie Holmes to Katy Perry, do you prefer bare or bold?