Of all things that makeup is- an art, a skill, wearable colors, I believe it’s that its most qualified position is that of a universal COMMUNICATION TOOL.
Regardless of such a powerful ability to boast of, it is almost a pity that most lovers of makeup- the non-professional and the makeup artist too, sum the ‘Why of makeup?’in 2 very centered reason
– To wear makeup for oneself and NOBODY, in general, OR
– For the world to see!
But if one steps OUT of these two common reasons, there are so many other reasons that validate makeup as a communication tool that was born with the first human being who walked this earth!
Well before answering that question, allow me to ask the question that a lot of proud women who wear makeup and are proud of their, ‘NATURAL’ Beauty ask (sadly due to the ignorance of the relationship between the man and makeup) – “What expression can a woman who paints her face wear? I’d rather the world see my natural face!”
While anyone can wear makeup, it is always the refined and evolved individual who will work and re-work the makeup until that look becomes the perfect expression of its wearer. The struggle with the angle of the arch of the eyebrow, the search for the perfect RED-with each application of makeup- making it more brilliant, natural and uniform than the mirror can ever reveal!
So was makeup the ultimate destiny to create the expression on a regular human being or woman?
To answer my first why -Some form of makeup has been used by every culture, country and race to ALWAYS convey, please, seduce, challenge or simply celebrate!
- In France, depending on where the woman wore a beauty spot, stated that she was cheeky, flirtatious or even being a kiss.
- The Egyptians rulers wore eye makeup in green and gold with extended theatrical black outlines to convey ROYALTY.
- Tribes in Africa and Australia use body makeup to express Hierarchy.
- The Indian Tribes of South Brazil tattooed its women only. They lived naked, and delicate tattoos networked their bodies as a sign of grace and modesty.
- European culture expressed ARISTOCRACY through painting the face WHITE, especially during the period before RENAISSANCE where the ARISTRORACTS were accused of drowning themselves in ‘FLOUR’ while the poor died of hunger!!
Thus, what part has make-up not played in man’s history?
Sometimes to please, sometimes to create an illusion or send a message, often to evoke laughter in a comedy or to hide or correct the ravages of time on a woman’s face! Sometimes to signify a marital status.Sometimes to prepare for war and at others, even to signify death.Sometimes to celebrate a lovers love and at times to seduce the Gods.
As a makeup artiste, should I not be elated to share with all those who never realized how powerful and CONSTANT a communication tool make-up is?