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:

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Even Adam Ant used it to define his cheekbones.

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

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

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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.

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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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  • marla

    I think people may treat you like a maniac because they’re just pissed they didn’t think of it first. The crazy car makeup is totally rad!

    • Babe Scanlon

      shucks Marla!

    • judy b.

      Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but sometimes ridicule is a close second.

  • marla

    I think people may treat you like a maniac because they’re just pissed they didn’t think of it first. The crazy car makeup is totally rad!

    • Babe Scanlon

      shucks Marla!

    • judy b.

      Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but sometimes ridicule is a close second.

  • MichelleRiggenRansom

    You are the best fashionista ever. EVER.

  • MichelleRiggenRansom

    You are the best fashionista ever. EVER.

  • Liz Rood

    I got treated like a maniac when I had my hair dyed pink. Pink! Such a sweet and harmless color. Meanwhile, Adam Ant’s cheekbones would have looked good if he had drawn a green X on his face. What cheekbones that guy has! I like the crazy roadmap makeup. It is cool.

  • Liz Rood

    I got treated like a maniac when I had my hair dyed pink. Pink! Such a sweet and harmless color. Meanwhile, Adam Ant’s cheekbones would have looked good if he had drawn a green X on his face. What cheekbones that guy has! I like the crazy roadmap makeup. It is cool.

  • soniya

    really some people don’t know the rules of makeup.

  • soniya

    really some people don’t know the rules of makeup.