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[–] DoomedSibyl 19 points Edited

Someone help me out here. Do people still wear foundation? Because even when I still wore makeup to work foundation wasn’t on the list. Most of the women I know either don’t wear makeup or only wear it for work or special occasions. I see heavy eye makeup on women in public all of the time, including those scary false eyelashes that look like they glued a caterpillar to their eyelid, but I really didn’t think that foundation was a thing anymore. Then again, I’m semi old and might be out of touch.

Random points, ironically, foundation is pretty bad for your skin and ages you faster or at least that’s my understanding. What is it with those false eyelashes? Is this really what turns men on? Because no kidding the more extreme ones really do look like a centipede. It’s not enhancing anything. It’s making the women wearing them look ridiculous.

I guess it illustrates just how oppressed, brainwashed and propagandized we can all get. This is after all a world where women are forced to degrade themselves in imitation of porn to find and keep the holy grail of a man. It makes me so sad for all of us. I read once that the cognitive dissonance that men hold between the hatred and contempt they feel for us and the compulsive desire for our bodies constitutes an actual mental illness.

Random points, ironically, foundation is pretty bad for your skin and ages you faster or at least that’s my understanding. What is it with those false eyelashes? Is this really what turns men on? Because no kidding the more extreme ones really do look like a centipede. It’s not enhancing anything. It’s making the women wearing them look ridiculous.

Former makeup industry worker here and just general makeup and skincare enthusiast. Eh, I wouldn't inherently say foundation is bad for your skin and ages you faster. I think people say that because in the 2000's in particular (can't speak to other generations because I wasn't alive/sentient) it was really popular to wear thick, full coverage, matte foundation. Historically there were far less finishes (matte vs dewey), coverages (light vs full), and also actual shades to choose from. I think as long as you are choosing the right foundation for your skin and taking care to remove it at the end of the day (and just do a basic skin care routine like wash makeup off, apply moisturizer) it's fine.

As for the giant false eyelashes, whether we like to admit this or not, I think there's a difference between what (straight) women like to wear and think makes them look attractive to men vs. what men think. I think men do like fuller, longer lashes, but the caterpillar-y ones I think are coming from women that just like that look. I've seen plenty of men making fun of this very thing which is why I am hesitant to believe that men are turned on by that. But of course, men do have indirect, direct, subtle, not so subtle, influences on beauty trends as well.

The really sad thing about the "caterpillar eyelashes" are that they were originally made for s*x workers to avoid "stuff" getting in their eyes. Now it's a trend, and whenever I see people wearing it in public I wonder if they know the true history behind it. :/

This sounds like an urban legend to me. Isn't it more likely that it originated as stage makeup? I can think of much better ways to prevent sperm getting in your eyes than wearing slightly longer eyelashes.

The really sad thing about the "caterpillar eyelashes" are that they were originally made for s*x workers to avoid "stuff" getting in their eyes. I've never heard of this, do you have a link or something? I came into makeup via theater and performance, and had always just presumed the large lashes came from stage makeup (since you usually need to do more exaggerated makeup in order for things to be visible to the audience).