Why Make-Up?

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Why do we do it?

I was getting ready for some heavy duty house cleaning this morning - so doing my hair and make-up was a must. Unlike all the other Real Housewives, I have to do my own. Each day as I perform this custom, I feel a bit freakish. I look at my reflection as I am holding the mascara wand, nearing the mirror and think, "What the hell am I doing?" Really, it is a custom that I am all wrapped up in - but I still can't quite figure out why.

Everyone else does it! Maybe...

Why? Where did this practice begin and what was the purpose? Makeup has become a multi-billion dollar industry so what does that say about evolution and civilization? Is it all about vanity and seduction?

Makeup has been made of arsenic, leads, copper ore, mercury, pastes of narcissus and kohl. Powders, rouges and eye makeup could literally kill a person.

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Who started it?

The Egyptians are usually credited with being the first culture with evidence of use of makeup. The purpose was to keep the skin hydrated in the hot dry climate and the ladies often used kohl to decorate their eyelids. Little did they know - it was slowly killing them due to lead poisoning. The Egyptians also wore rouge made of a red clay (red ochre) and a powder of malachite (a derivative of copper ore) for green eyeshadow.

One of the greatest and scandalous love stories of all time revolves around Cleopatra docking up in Turkey in her ship of scented oils and her exotic beauty which Mark Antony could not resist.

Africans wore makeup to make their appearance more intimidating. The Seminole Indians are attributed as the first Native Americans to use colors and paints as symbols. Red was for war, white was for peace and yellow indicated death. Face painting was a major part of Indian culture, symbolism and customs.

Romans and Persians used makeup. Henna was very popular to color the hair and paint the skin with intricate designs.

Geisha girls coated their faces, necks and chests with rice powder or a white powder with a lead base. For it's striking effect they stained their teeth until they were black with an acidic solution.

Modern Makeup

Max Faktor, a pharmacist from Lodz, Poland came to the United States with dreams of his cosmetics painting the faces of American housewives everywhere. Immigration officials changed his name to Max Factor. Factor landed at the right place in the right time. St. Louis, Worlds Fair, 1904. While the gentlemen were sampling ice cream in waffle cones, the ladies were sampling the cosmetics that would become a household name in the roaring twenties.

Makeup in Europe and America also served as a sign of social status that divided social classes. Women who worked had skin that tended to be tanned so women who wanted to distinguish themselves from the lower classes would be sure to wear bonnets, hats or stay in doors to avoid looking like she had to work for a living. Queen Elizabeth I was well known for wearing an abundance of white face powder laced with lead.

It wasn't until Coco Chanel took that famous drive from Paris to Cannes and accidentally got a tan that it became fashionable. A golden winter tan said, "I am fun, fabulous and on permanent vacation." in 1930 Chanel introduced the first bronzing powder "Poudre Tan" so even if a lady had to work - she could look like she didn't.

More recent research....

Francesco d'Errico, an archaeologist from the University of France and his colleague Marie Soressi have discovered evidence that neanderthals used makeup. Literally hundreds of blocks of a substance called black manganese pigment was found over an area of Europe, Pech de l'Aze in France that was known to be occupied with Neanderthals. It was found in lumps made of the pigment like crayons. They decorated their bodies and animal skins with their crafted product.

The importance lies in the insinuation that neanderthals could probably speak much better than we originally thought. The researchers point out that body art is an important form of communication. They also found jewelry in the form of shell bead necklaces that could imply they had cohesive groups of people identified by the amount of beads they wore.

Makeup, while seemingly unimportant has served a purpose throughout history. Weather it spares sand burn or hides defects - it serves as a form of language, communication. A little or a lot can reveal so much without saying a word. It can serve as a subtle hint, a business proposition or a horrific scare. What does your makeup say about you?

Makeup and Health Warning

Makeup is generally very safe to use and it is usually tested and must adhere to certain standards before it can be sold in the United States. The most serious repercussion is usally a rash or an allergic reaction of the skin. One very common report is injury of the eye due to scratching the cornea with a mascara application wand. This can lead to infection or ulcers on the cornea.

Makeup should NEVER be shared. It can be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially eye liners, mascara and eye shadow applicators. Conjunctivitis is highly contageous (WebMD) as well as other virus and other infections. If you notice that a product has had a change in color or smells bad - do not use it! It does have an expiration.

If you have a bad reaction to any frangrance, makeup or cosmetic item please report it to the FDA on the link I have provided. According to the FDA you should report rashes, hair loss, infection or any other concern even if you DID NOT follow the directions on the product.

"I don't make an effort to be sloppy. I just don't consider a perfect hairdo and a perfect face to be beautiful. If I had my way I'd dress myself and do my own makeup for magazine shoots." ~ Juliette Lewis

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Marie Gail 4 years ago from Olathe, KS

Great Hub! Interesting topic, lots of history and plenty of illustration here.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Interesting history on makeup. I remember a time when I worked away from home I wouldn't leave home without it on. When it comes to makeup I've always thought less was more. But then when I look at some actresses bare faced they look a bit scary without the makeup. I once had a professional makeover done and it just wasn't me.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I didn't know makeup originated from Egypt! That would explain the mounds of black eyeliner they used to wear...it was exotic and sultry but the less the better. When a women's face looks like an artists palette you are obviously wearing tooooo much makeup! Thanks for the history on makeup Real ... the information is needed by me since I sell it, I don't wear much of it...a slight touch is all that's needed to enhance a woman's natural beauty. Ok some days we need more! haha! Voted UP and across the board!:)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I stopped wearing makeup many years ago. Just don't care for it I guess. I always felt like I was being smothered and my skin couldn't breathe.

I do agree that smoothing out the skin tones does improve one's appearance. I just really don't care to impress others at this point.

One thing I did consider was tattoo makeup. I liked the permanent eye liner and eyebrow definition. I imagine it would hurt like heck, but then you would be done with it forever more.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Marie., thank you - I and a lot of fun with the research! I didn't realize there was so much involved in the use or it and the origins! Glad you liked it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! I really hate to leave the house without makeup on - but I think the key is using less. I think you're right - less is more. My dad used to shout about women he saw with loads on and he'd say "ahhhh she looks like a clown!" lol. Always made me look at my own really well cuz I didn't want to look like I worked at a circus:) haha! Thanks so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sinshine - yep they always said it originated in Egypt. They found lots of evidence in things they buried in their tombs. Also Babylonians used it and of course it is referenced in the Bible. Pretty interesting - I've always had to wonder - it's an odd thing slathering all that junk on your face - but I don't feel normal without it! Lol. Such a weird custom. Yes - I hate to see women with so much on you can't see the real "them" you know? Thanks so much:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Austin - I actually admire women who do not wear make-up. I think it says a lot when you can be comfortable being yourself and not putting the mask on. It feels weird to wear it and weird to not for me. I always go the middle road and just wear a little, I think we should use it to enhance what we already have and not to change us into someone we are not! I wish I wasn't self conscious and I could save the money and time! Hey now permanent makeup would be so nice - but I bet it would hurt like heck! Yikes! I'll stick with eyeliner:) haha!


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Make up is ok I guess it's just a matter of someone using it properly. Moderation is good. Some people just don't realize it. They are too busy getting people's attention to really think how they actually look. A lot of eye colour just says she's trashy and that's not attractive.

Personally I prefer a natural look. No make up is just flat more sexy. OF course some wear make up very lightly that I can't tell they're wearing any.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

RHW - I can be all dolled up by just splashing water on my face!

You're caught up in a ritual that males are glad we can forgo. That might not include Boy George or Alice Cooper types though. LMAO

Great writing.

The Frog


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Daffy - I agree - and I think you hit the nail on the head - moderation is key:) I have 2 sisters and three daughters - so makeup has been a source of conversation and frustration so many times. I know girls want to look and feel pretty but wearing so much you can't identify someone is awful! Lol. Thanks so much I love hearing a guys perspective!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Frog! Too funny - I actually started to "go there" with the use of males and makeup....lmao! I had to stop - it was turning into a series! Haha! I'm so serious - and historically men often wore makeup - and it was ok.....again I suppose moderation is key but if I caught my husband trying to use my eyeliner - I don't think I'd understand! LOL. Thanks so much FP - again - I LOVE hearing what the guys say. I'm always trying to convince the ladies that men do not think a lot is good:)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub. I like going out with out make-up but if I'm just running to the market I do. Voted up.


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

I learned a lot from this informative article. Very interesting history. I don't wear make-up every day - just for church, out to dinner, etc. Great Hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi writer 20! I do too..but just the minimum. I do feel so weird always putting it on - like war paint:) lol. But it's weirder NOT to wear it for me. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Chaplin - thanks so much - I found the history really interesting too. I knew there had to be a 'reason' or a purpose of the use...curiosity got the better of me so I did a few random searches. I was pretty intrigued to see that it actually has a lot to do with communication. And I do think it says a whole lot to each of us about each other with just one look!

Now that you mention it - I just realized I change my makeup according to what or where I'm actually going....like if I'm going out I pay more attention and use more.

Thanks for the great comment! Made me even learn more:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ah.... makeup. What an interesting history. I was aware that makeup used to include toxins in it that used to kill or make women sick but I wasn't aware of it's origins. I guess one day I woke up and just decided to use it. Funny though, when I was younger, putting on makeup was my ritual. I wore it everyday whether I was going somewhere or not. As I have grown older and more comfortable... ahem... married... I realized I care a little less and will... dum dum dum... walk out in public without even a hint of it on. Overall, my makeup changes with my mood and what I am wearing. I have a few different styles. It used to be really dark. The darker the better. Then I learned how to do the makeup for pin-ups and realized it was so easy and I liked the way it looked. So I gave that a shot for awhile. I guess I like to change it up so I never look the same. :)

Now adays because I do stay home I don't wear my makeup all the time. HOwever, I realized that makeup sitting around isn't necessarily good either. I once heard rumor that it actually expires. Makes sense if you think about it. You are using the same applicator time after time and the bacteria will actually grow and can cause infection. I guess makeup is still dangerous these days! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi BBG - you bring up an excellent point! Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and should never be "shared"! One of my let peeves is seeing people share their eyeliner or mascara. It's just gross - I actually saw an episode of Real Ousewives and they were in the bathroom and one 'wife' passed her eyeliner to another and she used it. Conjunctivitis is very contagious and bacteria can live in it - so it should NEVER be shared!

Also it isn't regulated by the FDA so much unless it doesn't use the verbiage "not to be used near the eyes"....so while most of it is safe...if an allergic reaction that is unusual occurs it should be reported. I will link in the website where this should be done! Thanks so much for reminding me!!! I can't believe I forgot it - was one of my most important points!


lorraine kay 4 years ago

This is a great HUB. Totally enjoyed every word. The history of makeup is fascinating. I feel better when I have makeup on. I feel it is worth the effort. If I am not going out, I do not put much, if any on. It is truly amazing what a hint of color on the cheek can do for an overall look.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub! I hate it, but I wear makeup.. otherwise my eyelashes and eyebrows make me look albino. The older I get the less I wear because it makes you look old when it cakes in your wrinkles..lol. Well done with a history and all. Voted up, up, and away!!!


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

RealHousewife, VOTE UP!I learned a lot from your hub. I do not wear a lot of makeup, and as you know I keep my hair buzzes so I use little hair products also. I like it that way


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Wow - didn't even realize that I reminded you of something that you were already intending on putting on there anyway... lol... I just remember I once got an infection in my eye from using some old mascara. I don't use it often because it often runs... but I do use it for special occasions when I am really dressing up. But my eye got horribly infected from it and that was the first time I learned that mascara should not be shared... nor should it be used (don't quote me) longer than 6 months I believe. I know this yet I can't bear to throw away all my old makeup. I have been lucky so far but I might just be walking on thin ice. Then again, maybe it is because I rarely wear it too much anymore! LOL


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

There are tribes in Africa and South America that wore makeup, more like painting to protect the skin form insect bites and sun exposure.

I can't imagine doing any vigorous chore in make up. I only wear the stuff on special occasions anyway.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lori K! Thank you so much - you don't even need to wear makeup - who you trying' to kid? Lol. I know you love getting all dressed up when you go out - and you do only wear the minimum so it looks great on you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tammy - well I used to feel worse about actually wearing it as a rule - but I do think iit's part of our culture. I mean we aren't the only ones spending hard earned cash fir it:) lol. Thanks so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kellymom - I know I love your fashionable hair style! And also I have seen that lots of ladies are following suit! I think your face looks great with thst style - and you certainly do not need any makeup:) thanks so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - I meant to say earlier - you do NOT need makeup! You are the picture of good health and your skin glows! I've seen you in person so I do have the right to say that:) lol. Yep I had actually written the notes on the safety issues today first - I follow an outline sort of style and I decided to make that point last but when I changed it up I'd didn't remember to tack it on:(

I did read that now they say mascara should be replaced every 3 months....they change things like that all the time. I think right now - most dentists agree we should change our tooth brushes every 2 months and I use mascara almost daily so what's up with that? Lol who knows but I am so glad you said that - I would have done like an hours worth of research and note taking for nothing! Ew:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cardisa - thanks and great point! I did read that it was used in Africa for insect repellant - and I like that - I just hated thinking it had no purpose other than vanity. I realize now - it has more to do with vanity than anything else - maybe communication too because I think how we present ourselves is revealing. I thought it was really interesting to learn that they used it to make them appear scarier - for protection. I mean back in those days I suppose if someone jumped out at you with all kinds of war paint it might scare the bejesus out of you! Lol. Thanks so much!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Excellent research, Kelly. I enjoyed reading about the history of makeup and its dangers. I have always believed that a woman is well made up when you see her and not the makeup. In other words, less is more.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj - I totally agree! I preach to my daughters that if you're wearing it right - it shouldn't be obvious it's there. I like the softer look - colors that look like they are natural. Things change so much over time though - I wonder in ten years what will be in Vogue? Thanks so much for liking my hub:). I always love doing the research part - I have a really hard time paring the info down. This was one of them.....gosh I really wanted to delve into men and makeup but that deserves it's own! Haha!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Every 3 months... great... I just bought some new stuff used in once or twice and I think I have to throw it away. Ahhh... lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - I would say Mascara is a bad investment for you:) lol

Odd - just this morning my sister took her teen to the doc for a rash - they think it's due to Axe products - apparently it has been a source of lots of skin rashes for men! Hmmm! The doc said don't use their body soap - use bar soap. They can't be certain because they didn't test the rash or anything but he has been using those products lately.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yes, but our daughters read "Vogue"! It doesn't matter much what mom says about subtlety in make-up when all the fashion rags show "near children", who are the latest runway IT girl, made up to be seductive enough to entice sales. BTW, Karlie Kloss, the latest runway marvel is from St. Louis! Cosmetic sales, especially anti-aging potions, are a billion dollar business, despite the economy, revealing the fact that we all want to be perceived as beautiful. I read once where the adorable, impossible-to-resist look of a dog's eyes are the inspiration for of accentuating eyes with eyeliner. MacGregor has perfect, dark, almond-shaped eyes. Somehow he manages to perfectly line his eyes everyday! I figure it must be in canine genetics, an instinctual thing, because every dog I've ever shared my space with has perfect eyeliner on everyday, making me feel like a plain Jane without mine.

Fantastic hub, RealHousewife, that every woman, whether they wear make up or not, can relate to. I still find the world of "what's new" in lotions and potions fascinating. Cosmetics today are as much science as beauty.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Amy - thank you so much! Oh you really hit on a hot topic - Children being made up to look like adults! I can not believe the seductive clothes that are made for little girls! And I am shocked there is a market for it. As a mom of a 10 year old - I would NEVER see a good reason to dress her like a mature woman. Who buys that??????

You know - you are right - I looked at my dogs - and they also have perfect eyeliner! lol They must be getting into my stash when I'm not looking:) Eyeliner is one thing I can't not wear either. Wouldn't think of it!

Cosmetics are heavily involved in science - when people made the connection between chemicals and adverse reactions - doctors got involved in the making of the products. Thinks like kohl are prohibited here now and it's much more tightly regulated. Thank goodness for us:)


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The popularity of "Toddlers and Tiaras" is living proof that the marketability of sex appeal is endorsed by parents buying products to make babies look like "sexy" 25-year olds! My ex refused to watch that show, as he found the concept obscene. It was like a train wreck, I didn't want to watch, but I was so open-mouthed astounded, I couldn't turn away. I worried about the pedophiles watching, but in retrospect, most of those little girls look too old to interest a child molester! Its downright creepy.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Amy - I saw the advertisement for that show - and I never watched it because I could feel my blood pressure rising just from the commercials! You are so right - that show is obscene and does show how exteme people will get. I did worry about the pedophiles too but now that you mention it - those girls probably do look too old for them:) lol It is creepy - I hate to be judgemental and closed minded about things - but having three girls - I can't wrap my head around it. I also wonder how those little girls really feel about having that kind of pressure to compete with each other over their looks. Thanks again!


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Kawaljit kaur 4 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

RealHousewife,

Hi,

you have really done efforts to trace back the history of makeup. In present scenario, it has become an integral part of the personality of a person, although the definition of personality varies from person to person. while going for makeup, we must be careful regarding what we are using. Good tips given.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Kelly did you ever watch any Leave it to Beaver re-runs growing up; you know, with June Cleaver doing all the housework in a dress and fancy pearls? Some very interesting history on make-up you've researched here. Is there such a thing as natural ingredients make-up? I believe in the future women will still want to put at least a little coloring around their eyes. In any case, excellent subject and write Kelly.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I really do not wear a lot of makeup but the information was still interesting. I usually only wear it when I want to dress to impress! Otherwise I just use face lotion after my shower and a little bit of powder to eliminate the shine from the lotion! Some days I don't even do the powder :-) I remember my friends used to think I was crazy because I didn't start wearing makeup until I was almost 16 and they thought I was strange because of it... still I enjoy the freedom. I've never been attached to looking my best and I dress how I want to dress, use makeup when I want to, and do my hair how I like! I save money because I do not need to buy all the crap so many women buy and I am content doing so! Also I have heard about a lot of the info you had researched so well, but the part with the Neanderthals caught my attention greatly. Very interesting points being made! Still makeup has an even larger and greater history than you would have ever been able to cover in one single hub... you could write a book on it! lol. Makeup was even used to count in some cultures before paper had been invented. There are so many great and interesting things about such an influential item. It is amazing to see how the use has changed over all these years. Thank you for the wonderful history hub and great job!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kawaljit - thank you so much and that is a great observation. It really is part of our culture and I agree too that we should be careful what we are saying with it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Alastar - oh I do remember June Cleaver with her bright smile and make-up and cheer! I think she was on something:) haha! Just kidding - but it does seem so hilarious now doesn't it?

Thanks so much - I do think there are makeups that claim to be natural minerals but I am very skeptical that it's really much better for the skin. It all clogs the pores up - but I do think most women wear at least a little bit of makeup. I wish I felt confident enough not to wear it at all - but my mom used to be a Max Factor sales clerk - when I was really little. I got the habit young! haha


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Myth - my favorite personal history buff:) Thanks so much! You and your sister are so lucky. I am sure it is the genetics too because I have seen pix of your family and none of you need a bit of it. I notice you are all athletic too so it is no wonder you have such healthy out looks and habits.

I am pretty selective too - if I am just at home - a shower and clean clothes make me feel comfortable. If I am even leaving to go to the store though I feel like I have to wear makeup. I hate it though! My little sister doean't need makeup at all either and in fact I can't tell when she is wearing it and when she isn't. She will complain she looks terrible and doesn't have makeup on and I will be like you don't? You look great!

I did leave so much out too - I just had so many interesting facts and which culture and era made a lot of difference too. I did find the reading very interesting - and notably that makeup is sort of a primal thing by it's origin! Thanks for the great comment as always!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Dear Real, I think the biggest detriment to their values and sense of self-esteem and purpose is the behavior they observe in their mothers. At least, the makeup can be washed off.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Amy - very true. I see your point - and the influence will probably continue on. I just think they only get one chance to be a little girl and why push them to grow up like that? Even when I see the little clips of those shows that feature the pagents - the girls always seem stressed out.


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catchpennyfashion 4 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Really interesting article of makeup. I actually had to wear makeup every day for my job when I was modeling and doing promotional work. After that it has become a habit I can't shake off. I actually find it fun and artistic. It's amazing what you can do with a large set of eye shadow.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi catchpenny fashion - I know why you mean....I use a little every day but I really enjoy taking my time when I'm going out! Modeling was probably super fun - and I know the models always have the best makeup tips. I have heard that you have to wear special makeup for black and white photos - I've always been interested in photography too. Pretty cool - thanks so much for the comment!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Love the t-shirt you are wearing on ur profile pix and your hub.

Make up is a nuisance and I wear it only when I socialize with friends over the weekend...'cause taking it out is a nuisance too...lol

I believe in natural beauty esp with this age when cosmetic beauty has made look everything so artificial. loved your topic and happy holidays RHW.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! I have to agree too. - it's quite a nuisance and why I often feel so strange repeating this all the time! Lol. I started wondering why we do this crazy stuff. I've heard it said that women are only trying to impress each other....I don't know if I agree with that either?

Ruchira I totally agree with the natural look - I think it should just add a little color - but not change how you look entirely.

Thanks so much for your kind visit - I'm so glad to see you today - happy holidays!!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great research here Kel. I haven't worn much make-up for the last few years. I splurged a couple days ago on some expensive make-up and just returned it to the Ulta store yesterday. I needed a new winter coat more and couldn't afford both. I'll just keep using my "old stuff" for now if necessary. Although the 90 year old man that I take care of seven days a week could care less if I show up in my pajamas, etc.

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn - yeah I don't spend a lot of money on make up for sure! I only use walgreens stuff:) lol. I can totally relate to the job too - when I worked in the lab we wore scrubs. They were not attractive and I didn't bother with putting my hair up or much make up - the patients were sleeping if I did my job right:) lol. They were wearing their pajamas too! Haha! I loved it tho - I and two babies and a teen....no time for vanity then! Lol


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Great hub! I love makeup. This article was very useful and interesting. Thank you for sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Caroline - thank you so much! I'm a big history buff so I love seeing how things originated. I knew there had to be something interesting about the art form and was pretty sure it had more of a purpose initially. I loved even reading about it! Thanks so much!

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