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Old 29-04-2012, 21:30
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Sorry if this has been posted before, I did check but not all the way down to the really old threads.

My dad made a comment about a couple of adverts on tv tonight, the first for a lash extending mascara the second for formula milk and he made this snide comment about the purpose of the beauty products is to attract a man.

so, here's my question. why do you wear makeup? is it to attract a guy or is it for yourself? I like to think I do it for myself, for example I put a full face of makeup every day for work and it has nothing to do with attracting anyone. I do it for boosting my own self esteem.

Am I kidding myself and am I subconciously trying to attract someone or is it a load of rubbish?
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Old 29-04-2012, 21:37
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I've been with my partner for 12 years, happily settled with a child, and I have no intention of attempting to attract another man's attention. Yet I wear makeup whenever I leave the house. I look absolutely awful without it (pale, gaunt, dodgy skin -- I work a lot and don't have time to "take care of myself" so to speak) so I wear makeup to make myself look better. For what purpose? I don't know. Maybe I don't want to be judged. Who knows. I just do it and I feel less self-conscious with it.
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Old 29-04-2012, 21:40
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Most men don't even notice makeup, unless the woman has veered into drag-queen territory.

I see my face as a canvas. One day I might feel like looking like a bronzed goddess, the next day a 1940s film star.

Your dad, like many men, is labouring under the illusion that anything a woman does beauty-wise is to attract a man. Poor man.
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Old 29-04-2012, 21:55
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I have quite bad skin. Prone to the occasional breakout plus my skin can be quite red. I use foundation to even out my tone and powder to set it. I know people usually use one or the other but i like both together. When i have this on you cant really tell its make up, my face just looks clearer.

I only wear additional make up on special occasions or meeting with friends. When im home i never wear make up if its just me and bf. So i guess im one who uses it for self confidence.
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Old 29-04-2012, 23:36
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I wear it, because when I do, it improves and enhances my features. I prefer the way my eyes look when they are made up. I like people to see me at my best, especially in the workplace.

My fiancÚ is blind- so, no I'm not doing it for men.
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Old 30-04-2012, 19:41
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I mainly wear it because my skin's a nightmare and I want to try to make it look better. I feel really self-conscious without it.
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Old 01-05-2012, 16:08
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It depends. I have very short hair, and my face is on-show a lot, so I like to highlight the better features on it.

If I'm going out, I use makeup to add to whatever look I'm going for.
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Old 01-05-2012, 17:06
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I thought people wore makeup as a lie. To change the way they look. To portray a false image of themselves?
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Old 01-05-2012, 21:09
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I thought people wore makeup as a lie. To change the way they look. To portray a false image of themselves?
No that's what they use the internet for
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Old 01-05-2012, 21:25
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Most men don't even notice makeup, unless the woman has veered into drag-queen territory.
I always notice a woman's makeup and if it's someone I know and they're looking good I'll tell them. I must admit that the first thing I notice is nail varnish rather than facial makeup.

I know this is off topic as I'm not really answering the OP as to why I wear makeup...
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Old 01-05-2012, 21:40
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I wear make-up every day whether I'm indoors or out. It makes me look well groomed, enhances what nature gave me and I feel better because of it !
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:18
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I wear make-up purely for no other reason than because I like to
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:50
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I like to paint my eyebrows on because they are too sparse for my liking and the threading woman once got rid of too much of one eyebrow and it's never grown back properly. I wear a full face of makeup on a night out - I'm not gonna lie, I wear it to try and look sexy in case I meet someone I fancy (Never do though!)
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:14
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Interesting questions.

I have always worn makeup, even whilst at school and my face doesn't look like mine without it. If I don't wear makeup I think i look pale and pasty. My main thing is mascara, and i don't even leave the house without a little on.

I have been married for 20yrs, so i dont think its to do with trying to attract anyone. I just prefer the way my face looks with it on, and the fact its a habit. I can now make up my face in about 5 mins after applying it for about 25yrs.
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Old 02-05-2012, 13:17
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I wear make up every day, without fail. I think it's a confidence thing definitely. It's really not for anyone elses benefit, just my own.
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Old 03-05-2012, 15:46
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I don't wear make-up to attract guys. But I would be lying if I said it had nothing to do with other people. I think I am ugly, and I hate the way I look, so if I attempt to make myself look a bit better then I hope people won't think I am as ugly as I do. Whether they actually do or not is a different issue, but that is how I think.

Other times I put it on just beside I like it, because it is pretty or because I like the colours, or to make myself look less ill/tired/pale/etc, or because it's summer and I want to wear summery colours, or because I like glittery eyeliner, or because I just want to prettify myself. Some of the best parts of nights out are getting ready and putting make-up on etc.
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Old 04-05-2012, 13:05
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Well I'm not a big make up wearer. I wear it about half the time to work. But only usually a bit of foundation and mascara. It's just really to cover up impurities or if I have bags under my eyes.

I do always wear it when I go out though to help complete my outfit. If I'm going to rock night I plaster the dark eye shadow on, if I'm going on a work's party I make it look pretty.

I don't do it to please guys or attract them, well very rarely. I did notice this one guy at work I liked, so next day I put on some make up, but I didn't see him that day

So make up has a variety of reasons, as long as you don't look like you should be on Snog Married Avoid, make up is good.
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Old 13-05-2012, 01:58
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The only make-up that I wear is concealer and I use it because my skin doesn't look good.
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Old 13-05-2012, 19:53
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I feel a million times better with make-up on. In addition, with all the technolgy we're constantly surrounded by now, I've come to realise as well that it's not only in the moment that you're wearing it that you feel better, but in the moment when you see it reproduced in terrifying technicolour on your Facebook newsfeed because someone's tagged you in a photo.

In years gone by, unless it was a special occasion it only mattered how you looked at the time, and if you felt uncomfortable about it you could just forget it after the event and move on. Nowadays you can be doing something as ordinary as sitting in a beer garden with a mate and someone will see fit to preserve the event for posterity and upload it before you've even finished your pint.

I don't wear make-up for men, I wear it for me - and for the sake of all those PC screens that are no longer under the protection of a guarantee
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Old 15-05-2012, 14:54
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i've only recently started wearing make up - I wear it because it makes me look a bit better I don't wear it every day tho!
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Old 16-05-2012, 09:43
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Foundation to hide my blemishes
The rest to enhance my face with shading
Mascara to give me eyelashes
Lipstick to give me colour

I feel so washed out without make up and felt it attracted the bullies to pick on me. I feel like the vulnerable schoolgirl I was if I go out without it. Although, I have more shadows and veins now.

I wasn't allowed to wear it at school so wore as much I could get away with there but wore loads when I went out and it made me feel better and less ill (and less vulnerable)

I got male attention but it was the girls who looked good at school without wearing any I envied - dark haired ones who had slightly darker skin (not black skin).

When I came back from my Christmas Caribbean holiday, my skin was tanned and I was accused of wearing make up one the first day of term in January. This was where I got my desire to use sunbeds and lie in the sun when I could - this was the 1970s! I felt so much better being tanned!
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Old 16-05-2012, 12:33
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I wear it because I have rosacea and couldn't possibly face the world bare faced. But having said that I do like to get glammed up for a night out-smokey eye make up, lip gloss, etc. And I do this for me, not for my OH.
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Old 16-05-2012, 14:12
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I look like shit without it lol. I'm very good at applying my makeup after years of doing it. People always comment on how my skin is flawless, little do they know I have rosacea and terrible broken veins. My nose and cheeks are always red. I look like death without makeup.
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Old 16-05-2012, 15:57
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Having said that I wear make-up for my own benefit (which is true), I can see why a lot of the adverts would give men the impression that we do it for them. There are lots of factors in my decision to buy a mascara or a lippy, but hearing some woman bang on in sultry tones about the features of a product or seeing her pout seductively into the camera aren't among them. You'd never think so though
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Old 18-05-2012, 01:51
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I accentuate what I already have. I look lovely without make up if I say so myself and my boyfriend says I look my best when I am fresh out of a shower! I wear make up to feel a bit better, almost a lift and to feel a bit "polished". I tend to opt for a foundation that completely matches my skin and neutral tones.
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