Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Why do you love makeup? What is it that draws you, keeps you there, and always wanting more?

I love makeup because it gave me a way to regain some confidence and feel beautiful again. Of course, in the past, I felt a bit more reliant on it than I do these days, but it was a great way to boost my self-esteem. I love playing with the different colors and textures, trying to see what I can come up with. It’s just good fun that feels utterly indulgent and luxurious.

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38 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – Why do you love makeup?

  1. Kristen

    Obviously, makeup helps me look a little more polished and I feel better about myself when I have it on. But what I really love about makeup (and MAC in particular) is that the possibilities are endless. There are so many color combinations and constantly new products that it is easy to be obsessed.

  2. victoria

    i agree with you too, it gives me confidence but also it is important in my position where you meet a lot of people and your appearance means something. to me makeup is also a way to take care of myself. normally i look tired and worn out, putting on something means i care about myself and took sometimes for myself.

  3. Tonee

    I started using make up when I was quite young, since I had very oily skin. I didn’t have acne but wanted to have a matte face during the day and that’s what got me into foundation, powder and concealer. Even now, these three items are my top priority! I started using color cosmetics regularly when I was about fourteen or fifteen and loved using black eyeliner because it defined my eyes so well. I can’t imagine going out without make up because I would be constantly checking on my skin and blotting away with tissues!! Wearing the right products make me more confident and having a “signature” look – ie red lipstick, gold eyeshadow and black liner – makes me feel unique :)

    • Hey Tonee! I’m glad that makeup gave you an answer to your oily skin, which I can imagine was NO fun at a young age (or now for that matter!). It’s great that you were able to find the right products to do it all :) And a signature look? I have to say awesome and I’m jealous!

  4. Sara

    its like a new art project every morning! i could probably walk out of the house without it and not scare tons of children, but i do it mostly for me. i really enjoy doing it.

  5. Tanya

    I love make-up because it gives me the chance to reinvent myself. It may sound silly but having grown up in a country where becoming a princess was a real possibility (there are two princes in Denmark and both are just a few years older than me, of course they are both married now) it sorta fostered the whole princess fantasy that most young girls have and Disney banks upon. But I still love the dream of all that being a princess means – eating cubcakes all the time, wearing pink, dressing in ball gowns, wearing glitter, having naturally perfect curly hair LOL and things like that. Make-up reminds me of being transported into this fantasy and being able to drizzle myself in glitter and frosty pink stuff, just like I would if I were a princess.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carrie Carrie

    Yeah, I agree with everyone. It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s relaxing; essentially I just enjoy altering my appearance and drawing on my face!

    Putting on my makeup is part of my morning ritual that grounds me and prepares me for the day; when I get home from work, I often change my makeup, even if I’m not going out or doing anything special, as a kind of de-stressing routine after a busy workday. It’s kind of like creating masks to wear, but I don’t mean that in a negative way, as though I’m hiding behind something; it all feels like “me,” just expressing different aspects of me.

    Ah, so complicated, LOL.

    • I get it, Carrie, and I think that’s a wonderful reason to love makeup! Anything that makes you happy and doesn’t harm you, I’m all for!

  7. Kathleena

    I think for me wearing makeup makes me feel more feminine. I know some women that are in love with Victoria’s Secret or Bath and Body Works and that makes them feel great, but to me it is just something about putting on my favorite Blush, MAC Raizin or finishing off my eyes with MAC PRO Lash Mascara. I feel like I put my best FACE for foward. My daughter is only 1 and sometimes she watches me putting on my makeup and I can’t wait to take her someday for her first MAC purchase!

    Kathleena

  8. Skyler

    I wish I knew! It just makes me so happy. Yes, it makes me feel better about myself, and I appreciate that aspect of it. But it’s less materialistic than that, I think. I just really enjoy applying and experimenting with make-up. When my family members tell me what kind of person my mother was, they always mention that she loved putting on make-up. She was more glamourous and beautiful than I am, but I still take after her in terms of loving make-up and that’s comforting. :) I think make-up helps define my femininity too, kind of like Tanya was saying. I feel pretty wearing it and I enjoy the process of ‘re-creating’ myself over and over again. The possibilities with make-up and endless and versatile. There is also something to be said for the creativity and artistry it allows. Just like completing a DIY craft project, a painting or your own documentary film… it lends a sense of satisfaction, like make-up does for me. I’m not necessarily making myself beautiful but I’m creating something beautiful. It takes talent to be good at make-up and I have a lot to learn, but it’s really neat when you use your own knowledge (of colour, of facial features, etc.) to accentuate your own or someone else’s best features… or when you create a more dramatic masterpiece, like with stage make-up.

    • I think it’s so great that you can relate to your mother or find a way to bond with her through makeup. I think you have stated why many of us love makeup so eloquently! Kudos!

  9. Sabrena

    I love makeup because it can change how you feel about yourself. my mom always told me when I feel sick and dont want to get out of bed, put on some lipstick and it will make you feel better. i’m not sure why but it works! your confidence goes to a new high and you are able to achieve more when you feel your best.

    BTW, great site! i just got turned on to it last week and have been reading ever since :-)

  10. Cristina

    I like how makeup can enhance your features :) It’s also a conversation starter, since my other relatives aren’t really into makeup.

    • A conversation starter! It can be a great ice breaker in school on occasion – I mean, you don’t see many ladies with bright blue shadows on a day to day basis.

  11. Chrissy

    For me, makeup gives me confidence and a creative outlet. When I feel good about myself and how I look, I feel more capable and positive in how I’m presenting myself in all areas of my life. It’s also relaxing for me to apply makeup and come up with new looks. A friend of mine is always surprised when I wear makeup on a lazy weekend day, but like I’ve told her, it’s a treat for me to get to put on my makeup in the morning, especially when I’m not hurried and can take my time.

  12. Janis

    I love make-up coz it adds fun and excitement to my day…and when there’s an occasion I need to go to, it’s fun for me to think of what make-up to wear, what color combos would suit my outfit etc. It also brings out my creativity and helps me express the many facets of my personality. And like everyone else here, it does give me a boost of self-confidence although I’m still perfectly fine going out without any make-up as well. Oh, and since I always love taking pictures…make-up makes me instantly camera-ready.

    • Hey Janis! That’s a nice way to look at it – exciting! Haha, I adore photo-taking, too, and you’re right, if you do it regularly, you’re never going to have an oops moment on camera.

  13. Beda

    Hi! I´m new here and I have to say, I love this site. It is really great, well presented and give me so many ideas! Congrats!

    I “turned” to makeup later than most women, I mean, I used some makeup everyday through my whole life (I´m 35) but it was like I was using a little just to look kinda good. I never really learned how to put on makeup.

    So last year I was desperately lookin´ for a new hobby, something that could take my mind of everyday stuff at least for a couple of minutes and I thought “hey, why not learn how to do my makeup?”. Since then, I love to sit for a 10-20 minutes everyday, sometimes longer, just to apply it. It´s my “ME” time. I feel like a designer, every day looking or thinking on new ideas for, let´s say, eyeshadows combinations just to see how I look. For me it´s all about fun, and of course, looking good while at it. =)

    • Thank you so much, Beda! I’m glad you enjoy the site, and I hope you continue to do so!

      It’s great that makeup has given you a chance to be a designer and have a new hobby at the same time!

  14. claudia

    I like makeup for many reasons!

    1)my skin is not as oily with it on
    2)I feel more confident!
    3)I love color, especially unusual combinations. I feel like makeup is like coloring for adults!
    4)I have the habit of collecting STUFF.

    and lastly, I think that I keep buying so much makeup because it comes in one size, regardless of what size I am. =)

    • Skyler

      That last line… very nicely put. I completely agree! :) It’s non-discriminatory. I have met so many people through this passion of all ages, genders, races, backgrounds, etc. It’s so awesome! :D

  15. JackA

    I love the power of transformation. Makeup takes you places where you can only dream of, be it a simple day face going to work or putting on giant latex prosthetics.

    My favorite artists all thought of art as something more than just what was on a canvas or in a song, it was about the whole package.

  16. I love makeup, because I revel in the colors, the textures, and the scents. I also love its transformative and creative dimensions, knowing that I can look completely different dependent on my choices. I love artistic expression that makeup allows.

  17. I love makeup because with strokes of a brush I can completely transform my whole look. I can go from sweet to vamp to prep with a couple swipes of eyeshadow and blush. Ah, what a wonderful creation.

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  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alice Allison

    It makes me look more human..Without it,I would scare small children..I consider it my duty to my fellow man..LOL And it’s pretty to look at too

  19. Erin

    My mom is a singer and she’s been singing and playing guitar in bands since she was 17, touring around the world, you name it. All my life, growing up, I had a daytime mom and then a night mom. Nighttime mom was like a glamorous ghost. I only saw her a few times onstage as a very young child, so for the most part I would see her going out looking like a different, sparkly person or coming home ready to rub it all off. I could only imagine the fancy things she was going to do out there in the wide world. I think that’s when I realized that makeup had some kind of power. It’s a silly thing, because other than stage makeup my mother usually wore very little makeup and now she thinks I’m weird for being so interested in it because she’s SO over it. Hehe.

    • What an interesting perspective, Erin! Thank you so much for sharing it. I suppose if it becomes your craft or something you have to do sooo often for your career, it might get boring after you’re done!