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The application of cosmetics is an effort that is very personal.  The makeup wearer uses their face as a canvas to create an atmospheric image with a variance of intended effects.  The ease of use and the versatility of makeup as a medium for self-expression render it worth all the exertion required.  Makeup applications represent a combination of techniques, each of which presents its own rewards.  Carefully chosen applicators and tools aid the process.

Layer by layer makeup brings out the feminine by exposing the outer appearance of womanliness. Imperfections disintegrate right before the observer’s eyes with a few strokes of a brush in multi directions.  Makeup in large part is all about fantasy, no woman is ever quite as perfect as she can make herself with a few minor alterations here and there to conceal faults.  

Few of us are gifted with perfect symmetry. Contour and highlighting techniques create balance and proportion, illusions that both veil and reveal.  The results honor the act by allowing what does not exist to appear real. Makeup provides us with the opportunity to be attractive and on occasion – it satisfies our longing to become beautiful. In such instances, makeup is nothing less than a shortcut to a miracle.

Makeup is a catalyst that ignites the inner fire of a woman bringing to the surface her more sensual nature allowing her to take on undertones of the Greek Goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite, with shades of sexiness a mere suggestion rather than openly stated.  Lipstick for example signifies romance by bringing fullness to the lips and liner mystery to the eyes, in most cultures makeup is ritually worn throughout courtship. The wearing of cosmetics create more vivid stimuli, completing the women bringing forth an aesthetic totality to her physical presentation personifying the vital forces contained within her. 

Makeup can also be simple and un-mystical.  A natural makeup application can be just that, natural. It can provide subtle changes in color to the complexion improving the appearance of its health where before its application the pallor of the skin was pasty and unwholesome looking.  To prevent cosmetic pigments from looking artificial the makeup wearer can use a special stippling technique to rapidly restore color tone but not to entirely conceal the luminous quality of the flesh underneath as opposed to keeping everything hidden under wraps. Half the mastery of makeup comes from what the makeup wearer does not do.

Enhancement makeup allows us to recreate ourselves, over-and-over again.  It can command attention or it can be used to distract it.  Makeup artists are like magicians because they deceptively play with appearances using cosmetics to only let those who observe us see what we want them to see.  It is all about perceptions and simple fixes to get people to become aware of and discern specific facial features that would ordinarily escape their notice or attract it.

Make up with all its value should always be considered optional.  When it becomes less than artistry and more of an addiction than fun, it ceases to fulfill its purpose which is one that should always support the attributes of the woman who chooses to wear it with relaxing regularity.

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