You may say that you’re using makeup in new and different ways, but are you really? Most makeup iconoclasts still won’t deviate from its usual purpose: to enhance the parts of the face that are considered attractive, usually the eyes and/or lips.

Even makeup that is considered shocking follows that rule! Take Marilyn Manson:


Even Adam Ant used it to define his cheekbones.


Why isn’t it acceptable to use makeup to enhance a normally ignored area, like the nostrils?


Here’s a new take on an old standard. By simply moving the placement of a beauty mark it creates a whole different effect.


Or, you know how when you’re trying to merge in traffic and no one will let you in? Well, I’ve found that swerving like you’re a crazy person gets you lots of space real fast. This look is the makeup equivalent of swerving your car like a crazy person.


It is interesting to me that when I dare to wear any of these looks on the street, I am treated like a maniac. Unlike many unfortunate souls in San Francisco, I am not the one ranting to myself or peeing my pants. All I did was draw on an unusual part of my face.

I can’t really figure it out. Part of me thinks it’s because if people know I’m not looking for their approval, they think I can’t be controlled. But, honestly, that sounds too conspiracy theoryish to me.

Why do you think stepping outside the rules of makeup is so unacceptable?

the author

Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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