Makeover? Really?! Ladies? (and some men) You know what kind of makeover I’m talkin’ about. Cosmetics. Makeup. We’ve all had the fantasy of putting ourselves (well, our faces anyway) into the talented hands of someone like Kevin Aucoin, (may he rest in peace), once. At least once in our lives.
I understand that most men don’t get it. The makeup thing. They will fuss at us to “hurry up! what’s taking so long?!” if we can’t quite get the right shade of blush on our cheeks, but there’s no doubt those very men like the results of all our hard work:) And yes, devoted boyfriends, husbands and SO’s will always tell us that we don’t “need” makeup but is that really their preference? No makeup whatsoever?!! Keep telling us we’re beautiful without makeup, guys. Don’t ruin a good thing. LOL
As this blog has to do with the “eclectic musings of a clarklike female”, then it goes without saying I should tell you how we like females view makeup. You know, as opposed to rogerian and scottian women. (“psst, Girlie. Again with the Wakefield Doctrine? Really?”…. “It is my blog isn’t it? Huh? Huh?”)
Alright. My producer is telling me to lighten up on the clarklike female stuff today. So I’ll keep it short and at the base level (whatever that is). Speaking of bases, we are not into the whole foundation thing. Yes, there are still women who use foundation although today’s versions are not what they used to be. Foundation can now be purchased like whipped cream in a can. Not quite like the stuff in the red, white and blue cans but close enough, if only in texture.
It’s true that clarklike females view the face as a palette, hell, clarks view their entire body as a palette. An artist’s canvas upon which they can create any image. Whatever their mood dictates at any given time. For the most part, we like to keep it simple – mascara (a must), a little blush (not absolute) and lipstick (any form of lip coloration). Despite popular belief, clarklike females like Uma T. and Kristen S. often will go with more subtle accents as opposed to a full blown Christina Aguilera (scott) kind of look.
Get to the point of today’s post? Image. Projected image. One of the methods by which we can alter an individual’s perception of us is a simple, yet proper, use of makeup (look at that word – it is the combination of 2 words: “make” and “up”) When you make up a story you create something. There are instances when makeup alone is not enough. When it is a matter of “walking” somewhere not typical for us, a job interview perhaps, we go for the ensemble makeover. The whole enchilada. Then the question becomes what is it we want people to see? Can we project/replicate an image as well as the real thing?
Was on Reverbnation the other day and clicked on a bass player looking for a new band. The guy was good. He had a few showcase clips of himself with his former band. They were good, pretty tight. (lead vocals could have used some tweaking but overall, good) But……their look. They needed someone…. to dress them. No, they didn’t need makeup but they sure could have used some help in the clothing department. Move over makeup artists, there is a demand for image consultants! I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe their career may have taken a different path if they looked, you know, cooler. I was immediately dressing the band more appropriately, which is to say, cool and consistent with their age and musical bent. Why is it so many middle aged men in bands need help in the clothing department. LOL
Back to the question: “what image do I/we want to project” ? It’s just as much about what we don’t want people to see as much as what we want them to see. Dress-up can be fun and it can be functional. In fact, it can be a very valuable tool. Whether it’s dressing differently or putting on a different face, it goes to creativity. It goes to exploring different aspects of our own selves and trying them on. You know what they say….if you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you look good. And if all’s good, all is good! (“yo! gafferboy! is Girlie on drugs today?! get her off the…shut her down…”)
“Hey!! Give me that keyboard! Just one more paragraph. I promise!”
For readers who are familiar with the Wakefield Doctrine, the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers, I am NOT saying that applying more or a certain type of makeup will make you more scottian. I am NOT saying that achieving a perfect balance of color(s) will help you blend in as a roger nor am I saying the proper shade of red on your lips will give you a clarklike edge. What I am saying is that we have more control than we think about how we are percieved by others. Sometimes it’s as simple as a smile, a tone of voice or a well timed look.
[Later in the studio –
“Alright missy, what was that shit?”
“I don’t know what you mean?”
“Like hell you don’t. Where was the substance, the meat of it?”
“I got lost. Thought I had something….did have something. And then it went away. Too many distractions”
“You know your contract’s almost up, right? And you know I love you, but ya better fix things pronto or we’re pullin the plug!”