Lantiis Power, Make-up!


Lantiis Power, Make-up!

October 5, 2017
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Make-up is right! I put that hell on every day…. Because I am a girl… And social norms say I should wear it to be pretty…

I am 35 years old nowadays. I am a single mom with a 4yo and a busy schedule of work, school, play, meals, cleaning, and attempting to be social. I waste 20 minutes of my sleep time every day to put make-up on.

I remember a time when I did it to feel pretty… Because I really didn’t feel pretty without it. It gave me confidence and self-worth. I enjoyed putting it on and experimented with it too.

Now though, it is a chore, part of my uniform, and when it’s all done, it’s my pretty face covered in something I can’t wait to wash off later. I cover all the parts of me that give me confidence now in fakeness. My self-worth has an internal struggle against the archaic practice of putting make-up on…

I concern myself all day that I don’t smudge or smear it, that my face doesn’t get wet because then it gets blotchy… It’s really very stressful. Stress gives me diarrhea. And that just makes matters worse!

You know I have to cover those crows feet and other laugh lines that show I’ve lived a fulfilled life. My years of knowledge can’t be told by a visible age spot… Nope, gotta cover that! And even tho the little bit of shine on my clean face won’t blind anyone, I still gotta blot that out…

So what am I gonna do tomorrow?

Probably put some effing make-up on.

Because social norms and shit.

About The Author

I am a mother of a beautiful little girl, a photographer and digital artist, and I proudly served the US Air Force (I am a veteran). I have a BS in Mathematics and am an Ordained Minster. I am self-taught, and I do art and photography mostly for fun and friends!

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