I got asked this question at work a while back. I mostly work with other women, and I’m the only one who doesn’t wear make up on a regular basis. For the most part, if I’m not doing something special I don’t bother wearing make up. I don’t feel that going to work five days a week to listen to middle school students complain about the food we’re serving them qualifies as doing something special. (Why do we always/never have pizza? Seriously, we offer them pizza three days a week.) I certainly don’t feel the need to make myself look attractive to people between the ages of twelve and fifteen. Because, that’s just a really gross thought. Really.
Not to mention, taking the time to do my make up and do anything more ambitious than twisting my hair into a bun with a few hair pins? That’s a hour earlier that I’d have to drag myself out of bed by not skipping the beauty ritual. I’ve showered, put on deodorant, brushed my teeth, and my clothes are clean. What more do you want?
Let’s now cover reasons why I do bother with make up!
I’m going to a wedding, yep that’s a reason to wear make up. Because if I like someone enough to show up for their wedding I probably like them enough to look my very best for the occasion. Heck, I’ll even wear a dress and heels!
I’m going to a RenFaire. Why for the RenFaire? Because my foundation has sunscreen in it, and I’m willfully pale. Willfully pale sounds better than saying I burn like flash paper.
Halloween is another reason to bother with make up, so is going to a dance club with my friends. Of course, I also tend to be wearing a corset for these occasions. Um, and also to the RenFaire. Trust me, a properly laced corset is a lot more comfortable than you’d think, but that’s probably another rant and involves back pain.
I wear make up especially if I’m going to be working at a fan convention, most especially if I’m working with any of the actors, artists and/or agents at the fan conventions. Let’s face it, if there’s anyone I want to think I’m well put together and professional it’s going to be someone famous that I may end up working with again at some point for a later convention. Especially if they’ve seen me dancing it up all night during one of the convention parties. But in that case I’m mostly just hiding exhaustion and possibly a hang over depending on how good the party was, and how far away the bar is.
Make up is mostly a waste of time. I have other things I need to get done. I have fanfiction that needs editing, a short novel that needs rewriting, art that needs inked, scanned, colored and filed (even if it never sees the light of day again), and knitting that is begging me to leave my laptop to give my brain a rest.
Do you really think I’m going to take the time to put on make up just to go to work and then right back home?
From day to day, who the heck do I have to impress with my appearance? And why should I need to? If you don’t like the person I am with my face scrubbed clean, then you probably aren’t going to like the person I am with perfectly applied make up. Because I’m the same person. You’re going to get the same bitchy resting face, the same blank stare when my mind has gone off on an “oh, what would happen if” plot idea, and the same rampant sarcasm pouring out of my mouth.
I suppose that ultimately what it comes down to is that asking me why I don’t wear make up is like telling me I should smile. If I don’t have a reason to, I’m not going to do it and telling me that “you’d look so much nicer if you did” is just insulting.