I was out last night with a friend who always wears a full face of make-up. When I say full face, I mean all the way down to a thick foundation. I’ve never understood this because without it she has such great skin so it doesn’t make any sense. But yet she wears it all, and I don’t judge her because I love her and it’s her face and my mom says I have to quit dictating how others live their lives.

I’m not sure what’s going on temperature wise where you live, but here in the North East we are melting. And yes, I do mean that in a Wicked Witch of the West type of way in that we literally scream “I’m melting!” as we run down the streets melting away. As I sat there and looked at my friend, I could watch as her foundation was sliding off her face; I half expected it to start dripping off her chin before the night was over, but instead it just pooled quite bizarrely in the creases of her laugh lines around her mouth. Even she commented that she was such an idiot for thinking it was OK to wear so much make-up on a day where it was so hot that parts of your body you didn’t even know could sweat started to and you couldn’t help but feel somewhat violated by the humidity.

As one who doesn’t wear a full face of make-up and never do more than mascara and lipstick, I consider myself lucky that A) it doesn’t take me that long to get ready to leave the house; and B) I don’t have to live in fear of looking like a three-year-old took to my face with a variety of colorful markers by the end of the night. I’m not sure why a slightly powdered blotting facial tissue isn’t enough in this insanity of heat, but for some it’s just not. I’ve seen eyeliner melting on women in the streets lately; it’s nightmare and most of us look like a nightmare. It’s a wonder anyone gets laid in this city this time of year.

Can we talk about why anyone is wearing foundation and piles of eye make-up in this heat, please? Shouldn’t we be letting our skin breathe so as to prevent extra sweating?


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