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Bare-Faced Lies


Ever read an article at a website, then end up going down one of those neverending “click me” rabbit holes? I got sucked down one of them yesterday. One minute I was reading about the top ten overrated video game characters (why, I don’t know), then I ended up clicking a link that promised to show me Jenna Jameson without makeup. You see these claims all the time–“See celebrities without makeup!” Seems a harmless way to spend a minute or two–checking out gorgeous celebs without all the artifice. The problem is that 8 times out of 10, most of these photographs show celebrities in what is called “natural make-up.” In other words, in these photos, the women are still wearing make-up, often quite a lot of it. It’s just the finished look is dewy and spare instead of obvious or theatrical.

It’s a pet peeve of mine, only because so many women–especially young women–compare themselves unfavorably to celebrities. Pictures of bare-faced celebrities are instructive. They show us the enormous part artifice plays in the making of a glamour portrait. I think this is a good thing. But these faux bare-faced pictures are not helpful.

Is this the most important thing in the world? No. But I think– in this looks-obsessed world– it’s worth mentioning; it’s worth correcting the misapprehension.

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