The Atlantic posted a great article about women and makeup which I suggest you all read first before coming back to this post.
Usually I wear makeup when I go to work but as of late I have been lazy and wearing nothing.
I do enjoy wearing it, although when I go for long periods without wearing makeup I am not used to it, and I sometimes rub my eyes without thinking and smear my mascara or eyeliner.
Without any makeup (concealer and eyeliner which is my minimum), people have come up to me and told me just how TIRED I look.
Everyone. All the time. “You look so tired.”
If I don’t wear makeup, I get judged for it.
Then if I do wear makeup and then complain about it or the cost of it, I am told to not wear any… but then my professional work takes a hit because women make more money when they wear a little makeup (not too much).
We earn more money when we wear a little makeup. It’s true. There have been studies and if you wear no makeup at all or too much makeup, you get dinged for it financially.
The sweet spot is “just a little makeup to look polished & presentable”.
I couldn’t care less if I just wash my face and go out the door.
I aim for that fresh-faced look but when you don’t cover your face in anything to get rid of the dark under eye circles and you have discolouration, or spots.. it is all very noticeable on a woman, but not on a man.
Or is it?
I mean, do women notice that as much as we think they do, or is it just in our heads that people are zeroing in on how NOT perfect and flawless my skin is?
I have spots. I have discolouration, sometimes I have pimples. I don’t understand why men don’t get scrutinized for their skin the same way we do.
The other day I was talking to a co-worker and only suddenly realized how many discoloured sun spots he had on his face. I really couldn’t care less but it made me realize that I never saw it before.
I never noticed it, but it was there all along and it never entered my consciousness.. but on another coworker, I remembered that I had immediately noticed if she had spots or not.
Why do I have this female-only filter on when I look at people’s skin or faces?
Unless the skin is really bad like with cystic, red acne, I tend not to notice it on men, but I notice the slightest imperfections on women.