A few days ago, I landed in Japan for the summer. One of the first things I noticed? The obscene amount of makeup all the women were wearing.
Admittedly, I don't wear that much makeup. While most girls start flirting with makeup at 12 or 13, my first experimentation began at 18 when my sister gifted me with a Sephora makeup box. That makeup box is long gone, and with it ended most of my experimental phase.
Sure, I'll pick up an offbeat eyeshadow shade now and then, but my entire makeup selection fits into a small, paperback-sized makeup bag. In contrast, my sister buys a new eyeliner every few weeks and has three times the size of my makeup collection. But even she can't hold a candle to many Japanese women.This is a country where contacts cases and false eyelash cases are sold as sets
. Where the (I think freakish) doll-eyed look originated. Where there are several married women whose husbands are convinced they don't wear makeup.
These same women wake up several hours before their husbands every day to keep these misconceptions.
In New York, I wear a slightly below average amount of makeup. In Tokyo, my normal amount of makeup is unacceptably low. In New York, I don't think twice about running out to my local bodega sans makeup. In Tokyo? I wouldn't dream of it. As a 21-year-old half-Japanese woman, that's just embarrassing. Seriously, I go through makeup twice as fast in Tokyo than I do in New York.Which leads me to the question - how much makeup is too much?
I think most guys say they prefer a 'natural' look. But magazine after magazine shows us that men and women have a different perception of what's natural. To me, that's a sad statement that women, as a whole, wear too much makeup. Don't get me wrong - I love makeup. I like playing with new colors and designs and ideas. I like giving myself new looks.
But that's just it. Sometimes, these new looks are too new. I know women who are unrecognizable without their normal amount of makeup. Frankly, that's a bit terrifying.Men, who generally don't wear makeup, are hard-pressed to answer this question, so instead I'll direct it to the women in the cyberroom. How much makeup is too much makeup?Image Source