Last month, I skipped participating in No Makeup Week. It seemed unnecessarily puritanical and you know how I feel about Puritans. “Oh, I’ve been looking too good! Now I have to show the world how I can look shitty,” is not the way I think. Nor do I believe that unflattering photos are so challenging to take that we must create a week’s worth of opportunities for such shots. If you find yourself longing to look like crap in front of a camera, I suggest that you visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles — the cheerful employees there will help you get your fix no matter what week it is.
Personally, I have no fear that I am so dangerously addicted to makeup that I need an intervention. I often spend all day with no makeup on. I have none on now. Even though I have accidentally fallen asleep while wearing my MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust, I don’t deliberately apply it before I go to sleep and then pile more on top of that in the morning. I am not Tammy Faye Bakker. I am just a feminist who believes the political, economic and social equality of the sexes is not contradicted by my preference for red lips. In fact, over the years, many men have told me that they prefer me without the red lipstick because I look more “approachable” and “softer.” At the same time, I’ve had women telling me that I’m wearing the red lipstick just to please men. Clearly, no one is pleased except me, so I’m going to continue to live by my Wear What You Want™ policy when it comes to makeup choices.
That said, I did wind up with one makeup-free photo last month. Gorgeous blogger Jennine from The Coveted was my house guest for most of September. Near the end of her stay, she bought me a hat as a thank you. We had recently gone to a movie together and seen this Intel commercial before the previews.
After the commercial, I leaned over to Jennine and muttered, “Just what the world needs. Fast penguins.” So Jennine got me a penguin hat and insisted on taking a picture of it on me immediately.
I think I’m going to wear this hat whenever I see Jennine this winter. She’ll be sorry that she turned me into a fast penguin when she has to be seen with one in public!