Real conversations with real women about the impact makeup has on their lives.
There’s so much specific skill that goes into makeup nowadays. I feel if you don’t do that, or you do something slightly below average or not as good, you get judged for it. Hannah“I really enjoy makeup. I enjoy it as an activity. I like putting it on – I spend way too much money on it – but I don’t feel like I need it. It’s fun though, epecially when you’re with friends, and you stand in front of a mirror together. How do you feel about makeup in theatre? I think it’s definitely a necessity. I did a show, and one of the guys said ‘I’m not wearing makeup, I’m a guy, I don’t need makeup’. So he went on barefaced. We looked at the video afterwards, and he was white as a sheet. You couldn’t see his eyes or any expression. When it comes to getting under theater lights, I think makeup is pretty necessary. It’s part of the theater culture, and it’s part of making it enjoyable for the audience. Do you all do your own makeup, or do you have artists? Most people do their own makeup. We get a few university girls who need things for their portfolios, and they’ll come in and do it for some of the younger kids or adults who don’t really know how to do it. Usually I’ll do my own makeup, and then I’ll help others with theirs – usually guys, because they’re stereotypically more limited in the cosmetic arts! Do you think, when you apply your own makeup, that you’re ever in competition with the other girls? Definitely. There’s so much specific skill that goes into makeup nowadays. I feel if you don’t do that, or you do something slightly below average or not as good, you get judged for it. I remember when I was just learning makeup I would get so much hate at school. People would say ‘you have a line around your face’, or ‘your eyeliner is really thick’ or ‘your mascara is really clumpy’. It’s like, leave me alone. Let me do my makeup. People definitely get judged if they’re not up to society’s standards. Do you think a lot of that pressure comes from other women? Most definitely. It’s a very female thing to be catty, and judge other people based on appearance. Guys will do it too, but women, especially when it comes to makeup, they’ll be very judgmental.”