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Office Costume [Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 08:46 am]
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I met a girl after work.

She was dressed in a formal orange and white blouse, white pants, high heels that matched the blouse, and rouged cheeks and lips.

I was astonished how much less pretty she was that way. Everything about the costume shouted that she was artificial, much older, or bland.

I suppose those are office work values, though.

She couldn't walk much through the neighborhood in those shoes either.

Especially distinct was how much less enticing her face was when all painted. Women have told me before that face painting makes them more appealing to fellows; this idea is dead wrong.

Good thing she was still fun to talk to. Once the office work complaints were over she was the same as ever. All that fancy blouse and bad shoes and ugly paint is just a shell and eventually scrubs off.
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[User Picture]From: framefolly
Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 02:22 pm (UTC)
While I find wearing makeup to be a hassle, and I think woman generally look fine either without it or with less of it, I have also heard men tell me that they prefer a well-made-up woman. Go figure!
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 04:36 pm (UTC)
We are deep and complicated creatures we men.

Complicated, anyway.

Well, creatures at least.
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[User Picture]From: quinara
Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 02:34 pm (UTC)
I wear make-up as a statement (of one thing or another), rather than as some sort of attraction-paint; maybe it's the same for her?
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 04:34 pm (UTC)
I think it's an office worker solidarity symbol, like war paint for paperwork. The other office workers might think your heart isn't in it if you show up with wild hair, casual slacks, and an unpainted face and then you'll never get a promotion.

But makeup gets sold on teevee as attraction paint.
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[User Picture]From: quinara
Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 10:26 pm (UTC)
But makeup gets sold on teevee as attraction paint.

Well, not really, it's mostly sold as beauty paint, which is problematic in itself, but not entirely the same thing.
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[User Picture]From: gabrielleabelle
Wednesday 29 Apr 2009 at 04:18 pm (UTC)
Makeup's tricky. If done well (lightly), you won't even notice it's there. I don't generally wear it unless I'm going out somewhere special, though. I don't really wear it because it makes me more appealing to guys, though, cause I know it's hit or miss for guys. I wear it because I think it can make me look pretty, which gives me a confidence boost.
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Thursday 30 Apr 2009 at 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hm. Tricky. I'm sure there's a difference between party makeup and work makeup, too.
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[User Picture]From: zanthinegirl
Thursday 30 Apr 2009 at 01:33 am (UTC)
Makeup is a complicated thing! These days I try to wear so that you'd never notice I'm wearing it. You know, mostly to even out my skin tones a scootch. However back in the day (AKA college) I wore makeup to make a statement. In my case that statement was something like "Let's see how gothy we can get away with looking". The huge scene with my mother, etc was (at least in retrospect) much of the point.

I know there are other messages makeup sends, I wonder if that's the case?

Of course she could just have been nervous and applied it a little heavy-handed!
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Thursday 30 Apr 2009 at 06:36 pm (UTC)
The huge scene with my mother, etc was (at least in retrospect) much of the point.

So reflective. I wonder if the point for her was having something concrete to confront you about rather than the makeup itself.

I think there's a regional thing working here where many locals apply makeup with a trowel and I grew up in a place where anything more than lipstick was appropriate only inside a brothel.
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[User Picture]From: bluekaty
Thursday 30 Apr 2009 at 10:00 am (UTC)
A tricky issue! I think there are a lot of different reasons to why people use make up.These days I only use lipstick and if I forget I don't feel at ease, as if I was wearing stained clothes. When I was younger I used to make up my eyes and I quite liked it, it wasn't just a matter of making yourself prettier but a way of looking after yourself, showing that you cared about yourself.
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Thursday 30 Apr 2009 at 06:39 pm (UTC)
Makeup is tricky and drew almost all the comments here. The shoes really impacted my quality of life more. I like to jog through the city (and countryside) so high heels are incompatible with my lifestyle.
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