In keeping with the occasional tradition of obtaining my inspiration for a blog post from the bathroom at work (classy!), I saw a lady re-applying her make up during lunch hour today. Eye shadow to be specific. And yeah, I found it odd. But why would I find that odd? I mean, don’t most women wear full makeup to work? Foundation, blush, lipstick, eye liner, shadow and mascara? Don’t they all also carry compacts for each of those in case of the need to freshen up mid-day?
I would answer that with a ‘no’. But that just could be me (I am known to be outside the norm on many of these more girly things.)
Now, I know my mom’s generation wore/wears full make up like that all the time. I know ladies in the southern states probably do too no matter what age. So I started to pay attention to the other ladies in my little slice of basement cubicle heaven.
As a frame of reference, I only wear pressed powder & eye liner. Over the years I did *used* to apply the full repetoire. But I’ve been slowly eliminating things. I dropped the blush first as it seemed to be overkill with my darker skin anyway. Then after years of trying to find a foundation that I liked (and realizing that my liked *expensive* ones only!), I just stopped wearing it altogether. The full eye routine went by the wayside gradually too. I think I stopped using eye shadow at least 5 years ago. I clung to the mascara until I had the laser surgery. I got so used to how I looked without ANY eye makeup (none was supposed to be applied for one full week after the procedure) that I decided I could get by with liner alone. IOW – I am as lazy as can be and hate to spend more than 2 mins applying makeup each morning!
Back to my informal office survey of today. In addition to the woman with full makeup I saw in the bathroom, there was one more who appeared to have all but the eye shadow, but other than that I can name almost 10 other women who either have nothing visible or none at all (one woman for sure is a none at all gal as we’ve talked about it before). Ages range from the late 20s to early 50s.
Not sure what that says about us – is it a typical so Cal thing to go more au natural? Is the minimalist style just ‘in’ these days? (Like I would know ‘in’!) is it just that I work in a basement office that does not deal with the public? I guess I should pay closer attention to the ladies I see at the bank or grocery store.
What say you my female readers? (which is all but 2 of you I think!) What is it like in your neck of the woods?