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No Make-Up Rule 5 [Update on 12APR2010 below]

11 April 2010 @ 16:01

In the latest issue of Marie Claire, Jessica Simpson appears without make-up and with her photos not retouched. 

I agree with the TrogloPundit [I know…this is getting to be a disturbing habit — maybe he’s worked some kind of cheesy mojo on me?][tip of the fedora to Pat Austin]:

Anyway. She looks okay to me.

Here’s four of the pics [copyright Marie Claire and James White]:

Actually…now that I think of it more: I think she looks great [in that next to last one, she looks like a young Jessica Lange].

I’ve maintained for a long time that, when it comes to judging physical beauty, the real test is to see how the gal holds up without makeup on.  Makeup should primarily be used to enhance what’s there and not mislead in a major way.

Miss Simpson passes the physical beauty test. 

I also think that one’s soul determines how truly and all-around beautiful a gal is.  It shows on the face.  You can have all the right physical elements present, but, if you’re a nasty piece of work [aka a Piece Of Work Not In Progress (Hey Dan!)], it will show on your face.

UPDATE on 12APR2010 at 1117…

Up above I wrote:

Makeup should primarily be used to enhance what’s there and not mislead in a major way.

Roxeanne de Luca, mistress of Haemet, puts it much more eloquently and authoritatively:

As for make-up: with the exception of some evening looks (e.g. smoky eyes) the point of the stuff is to make it look like you aren’t wearing any. It should just even out your skin tone, make your cheeks a bit redder (as if you were just running, but without the sweat), and make your lips look nice.

Spot-on.

2 Comments
  1. 12 April 2010 @ 01:45 01:45

    The lighting in the first picture doesn’t do anything for her – in fact, anyone would look bad in those circumstances.

    Otherwise, she’s still an amazingly beautiful woman.

    As for make-up: with the exception of some evening looks (e.g. smoky eyes) the point of the stuff is to make it look like you aren’t wearing any. It should just even out your skin tone, make your cheeks a bit redder (as if you were just running, but without the sweat), and make your lips look nice.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      12 April 2010 @ 10:00 10:00

      1) On the cover shot: Marie Claire is probably not going to publish high quality shots on the web because they know people like me are going to post them. I had to do a slight filtering on all the shots because the contrasts were set high.

      2) You describe the purpose of makeup much better than I did. My only experience with it was (a) what I learned from my hair guy when I was a muscican and he was doing makeup for models and gal musicians and (b) when I had to wear eye liner on stage so my eyes wouldn’t disappear in the lighting.

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