Beauty Bitch: Behave, Miss Jones

Beauty Bitch ON Feb 04, 2009 AT 3:59 pm

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Liz Jones’s ‘insights’ in the Daily Mail this week concentrate on how not wearing make up would be generally better for our psyche and that women are now ‘afraid of their faces’.  Liz is pictured with and without make up and looks, like most of us, I suspect, staggeringly better with. However, in the ‘without make up’ picture she hasn’t even bothered to brush her hair, and that little detail undoes all she says, because far from encouraging us to bare our natural beauty, all she’s done is imply that women who don’t wear any make up are slovenly types who can’t even be arsed to drag a hairbrush through their hair. I’m sure it wasn’t to make the difference in the two pictures even more dramatic so readers are aghast at just how radical a no make-up look can be. Her picture also indicates what I’ve long held to be the case, that women who have laser treatment or the like to eradicate any facial pigmentation whatsoever look like death – not even warmed up.

Make-Up

Make-Up

 
Wearing and applying make up isn’t a disempowering ritual; to follow the argument through, do we slight men for shaving, having their hair cut or trimming their nose hair? No, we positively encourage such detailed grooming. Since when did making the best of oneself become disempowering? Too tedious. She finds it ‘disappointing’ that young women feel they need to look like 1930’s Hollywood starlets – I don’t think they do. Generally, teenagers just want to look like everyone else and if it takes a bit of MAC to do so, then so be it. There are really so many other things to be truly concerned about – like not getting stabbed, mugged or attacked – that the politics of Britain’s youth applying eyeliner has to fall to the very bottom of the pile. Liz finds reason for her own obsessive maquillage – shyness and insecurity – and yet condemns the reasons for other women wearing make up (the Cheryl-a-likes) as somehow less valid. Hey, they just want to look pretty.
 

Make-Up

Make-Up

When you live in the rarified world of beauty, and can recognise the brand and name different shades of nail varnish on your colleagues, that’s beauty a step too far, but how very patronizing to assume women are all ‘enslaved’ by cosmetics. She’s clearly never stepped a moment out of her comfort zone and visited areas where, far from make up being a uniform and confidence boosting mask, the women don’t give the not wearing of it a second thought, and that for some, you eat or you buy mascara. It’s just not some great huge feminist debate; it’s just a made up rant. Maybe we should stop decorating our homes; white walls would do just as well, tending our gardens – who actually needs flowers? What a silly, shallow and pointless piece…Lots of women don’t wear make up for a multitude of reasons  – it’s just that Liz is caught up in an unrealistic world where a feature on not applying foundation could be thought of as interesting. Someone pass me my Chanel blush so I can touch up her pics.

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