Making up or breaking up?

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ALTHOUGH beautiful, it breaks my heart to see so many young English girls plastered with make-up, from full foundation to false eyelashes.

 What really pains me though is to hear that they feel this is necessary to be accepted by friends and to even think of ‘trapping’ a potential partner.

I remember commenting a few years back to one youngster who had recently moved out to work locally that perhaps she was wearing too much make-up; being such a naturally pretty girl.

 She giggled and told me that she’d really cut back since she’d moved over here; ie, no longer wore false eyelashes even to go to the supermarket. How could it be that we’ve let an industry penetrate our lives to such a degree that our youngsters feel more identified with a false identity than with themselves?

More than that; they only feel comfortable with the fiction, the ideal of themselves.

I fear that unless we act fast it will be too late; future generations will know no difference and they will really be stuck in this virtual reality of what beauty is as opposed to what it is; natural.

Another English youngster confided in me that she would get up extra early to put her make-up on before her boyfriend woke up.

 She too had a perfect skin and was incredibly cute; why should she feel this way?

Where have we gone wrong?

Did she really think she could keep up the charade for a lifetime?

This beautiful, educated child really believed whole-heartedly that if she did not follow this make-up ritual she would lose her boyfriend and basically everything else worth having.

 She had to look ‘the part’ to be in ‘the game.’

It was probably a similar train of thought that allegedly led a Chinese woman to hide her history of plastic surgery from her husband; who only found out that she wasn’t a natural beauty when their children were born so incredibly ugly his wife confessed she’d had over $100,000 of plastic surgery.

 Based on the fraudulent presentation the offended husband was granted a divorce but also awarded $120,000 compensation by the sympathetic judge.

 It would seem to me that our cosmetic companies have succeeded in making our youngsters believe that beauty is anything but natural; the name says it all, it’s makeup; fake, false, fantasy, fictional.

Women have sacrificed and strived for generations to get recognised as equal human beings, each one of us beautiful and worthy in our own right; we’d come so far to now come back to the desire of being just a pretty face in a glossy mag.

 Make up should be worn to enhance what we have but not colour who we are and if it ever comes down to a question of make-up or break up ladies; for heaven’s sake: LEAVE!!

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