Fun-filled, traumatic, joyous, troublesome, boring, cruel, pleasing, satisfying, challenging, tempting, misleading - yes Life is full of 'em - that is why life is so very SPECIAL - and yet the thrill is in "living" life! And all the accompanying ordeals are the frills attached with the thrills.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Made up!

I find it very funny when people wear make up. Ofcourse its one's very own prerogative to do so but I can't understand why, when the beholder can very well make out that the face is 'made up', take all pains to make it look more artificial?

Dark or fair, smooth or wrinkled, clear face or pimpled, I like faces as they are. I mean, it makes the person look all the more natural and pleasing. You know that when a person wears make up, the seemingly impressive face is not original and what's the point in showing up a false image? I can understand people using cosmetics for health reasons like maybe oil, sun screens, moisturisers and the likes but those garish coloured lipsticks with a one-inch thick pancake, added with thick eye liners, mascara, bleached hair, waxed face, threaded eyebrows - hmmm.. at times these people are no different than mannequins. And can't understand why that more than men, women are obsessed with cosmetics.

Looks like marriage is the occasion of a lifetime for a girl - the time when she could literally try out all beautifying(?) techniques with a whooping bill! I remember how my cousin had cashed out about 5000 Rs. for her wedding make up! And since the wedding took place in a small town, she also arranged for the beautician to come down from Madras - so boarding, lodging, travel costs exta. All this just makes me wonder - is this fuss worth it at all? And in all the snaps, you only see the bride as a pale while ghost - too much painting to make her appear as her original self! Do these girls realise that their close ones love them not more or less for the extra powder dabbed onto their skins?

Considering the thriving businesses of foreign cosmetic industries here, its sad to note that all the traditional, home-made beautifying techniques are being shunned. The traditional ones are not only good but do not have side effects either. The effects of oil, shiyakkai, turmeric (anti-fungant, natural bleach, hair remover, what not!), kadalai maavu and the likes can be replaced in lieu of the artifical, highly chemical-based modern cosmetics. I think its more 'hep' and fashionable to say that "I use XYZ shampoo" rather than the more safer and effective shiyakkaai.

I continue keeping my hopes alive for people to realize and appreciate our own native treasures rather than filling the foreigners' coffers and that too at our own cost?


Danesh said...

Good post! I fully agree with you. I have seen a few brides look totally different (read ugly) in their weddings with all the make-up. It would be difficult to identify them in their wedding photos even!

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Ravi said...

Thank God I have a supporter! I thought I would get brick-bats from readers!!

Saravana Kumar said...

hmm I dont know man why girls are particular about making up with cosmetics. probably they always want to be better, they never get satisfied what they have today. After all beauty is a relative word here.

Vinesh said...

Natural beauty rules!

Indha cosmetics-kaaranga attagaasam thaanga mudiyalada-appa!!!

Ravi said...

Thanks for coming by. Yes, women are more inclined to cosmetics esp when their make-up hardly makes a difference on the men ;-)

I know you would second me on this because I still remember your fairness cream post. Yes Vinesh, indha cosmetics kaaranga attahaasam thaanga mudiyala dhaan!!

Slice Of Life said...

like it is said in alchemist follow the positive hints in life be it astrology or otherwise...

a.J. ("( 'o', ) said...

im trying to find the name of the green gunky stuff i put on my bf's hair that his mother gave us. is it called shiyakkai since neither of us can read what the label says...
pLs let me know?