Enhancing One’s Beauty

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People often think that makeup is a tool women use to impress men. I disagree with this stereotypical idea. I believe people wear makeup to impress other people who also wear it, so we could say makeup is a tool that people use to compete with each other. Considering women are the ones who use makeup most, from this point on I will replace the word “people” with “women” when referring to people who wear makeup in general; however, I should mention that the number of men who use makeup nowadays has been continuously increasing. Besides trying to impress their partner, women use makeup as a way to stand out and get ahead of other women in their daily endeavors.  Since women, in general, are knowledgeable about this handy tool, they should go into detail and get really good at it. Although this may seem controversial to some readers, my goal is to bring this reality to the fore and move forward by clarifying some biases.

In my opinion, makeup is an art. There are different types of makeup such as beauty makeup, character makeup, prosthetic makeup, special effects makeup, etc. The beauty makeup is the most well-known and used type of makeup for both the professional and the amateurs. I think that instead of using it as a tool to win a competition, makeup can be used for more genuine reasons. If properly applied, it can do wonders even to a common face. There are so many little tricks and details in applying makeup, and all help to bring out and emphasize one’s best features. The issue of whether or not makeup is necessary is highly subjective. However, I will try to bring clarification to some stereotypical issues concerning makeup.In this project, I used three types of women (face simulations) whom I drew both with and without makeup. In using drawings instead of realistic simulations, I intended to emphasize the idea that different features and different complexions add to

         In this project, I used three types of women (face simulations) whom I drew both with and without makeup. In using drawings instead of realistic simulations, I intended to emphasize the idea that different features and different complexions add to variety and can all look good in their own specific way. Plus, I wanted to leave the assessment of the small details to the audience.

         In an attempt to show how makeup works on different complexions, I preferably used faces pertaining to different races.  I used a total of six drawings to compare the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of the three women, and this way to prove that makeup can be a powerful accessory that, in fact, supports beauty. The details of the plan include showing how skin complexions differ from each other, which colors suit every skin tone, and how we can emphasize our inner beauty and best features by using different colors and shades of makeup. So, with this project, I want people to be curious about the visual project and try to understand the ideas that I am trying to present them even when I do not explain myself with words. I believe that is what art is all about, expressing one’s thoughts. I did my best to emphasize the purpose of my project by creating the “before” and “after” drawings. Considering I am not a professional artist, it wasn’t easy. I was aware that they were the most powerful tool in hand, so I wanted to make them as attractive as possible. I focused on the face details of each drawing and tried to stress the fact that every person, whether white, black, or Asian, can bring forward their best feature with a little effort and make a good impression in their community. It wasn’t easy handling the soft pastel sticks to add fine details to my portraits. I also realized that a good, straightforward presentation of my goal would add substance and increase the effect of my claim.

This survey shows that physical appearance, along with other factors, is of great importance for one’s career. This may vary from one work field to another, in that for some may be more important than for others. By saying this, I refer to people whose career actually depend on the outer look, such as models. My point is to demonstrate that a neat appearance can have a big impact on people; at the same time, I am not trying to say that people who are less endowed with natural beauty are less fortunate. My purpose is to prove that a good-looking face creates self-confidence and makes a person feel much better about themselves. Feeling more confident gives one courage and determination which is very important in today’s world.

In order to get my message across I plan on pointing out that a pleasant appearance is a powerful tool. Throughout history, good-looking politicians reached out to the public and got elected in key positions. Physical attractiveness can have a major effect on how people get evaluated in terms of employment and social opportunities. Studies have shown that people who are more attractive have a better chance to get hired and even get higher wages than their average-looking counterparts. I used the link below to exemplify and make audience understand that physical appearance can go as far as to make an impact on one’s earnings.

 

This survey shows that physical appearance, along with other factors, is of great importance for one’s career. This may vary from one work field to another, in that for some may be more important than for others. By saying this, I refer to people whose career actually depend on the outer look, such as models. My point is to demonstrate that a neat appearance can have a big impact on people; at the same time, I am not trying to say that people who are less endowed with natural beauty are less fortunate. My goal is to prove that a good-looking face creates self-confidence and makes a person feel much better about themselves. Feeling more confident gives one courage and determination which is very important in today’s world.

        Over time, it has been proven that besides being good public speakers and having all the necessary qualities of a leader, good looking, charismatic presidents had a greater impact on their people. For instance, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, and the man who etched his name in the annals of Turkish history as a great reformer was a good looking person. He made a good impression on the crowds with his famous, unforgettable speeches, but was also very much liked for his pleasant appearance. Some American presidents had a similar impact on their people, such as J.F. Kennedy who was handsome and looked athletic. Other politicians were favored over their opponents due to their good looks and this issue was tackled by many recent studies. During the 2008 presidential campaign, we could argue that Mitt Romney posed a greater challenge to Barack Obama than John McCain because of his younger age and presidential disposition. As an article written on the subject states,

 

We all know that looks matter and modern politicians have always assumed that their battles are decided on both substance and image. The surprise in recent research is that a candidate’s appearance can lead to a far greater vote swing than even the cynics had imagined. We like to think we judge politicians on the content of their character and ideas, but research shows that those assessments are greatly influenced by signals we perceive on a subliminal level through an individual’s looks, through their body language, and even the pitch and cadence of their voice. (“A candidate’s looks count for much more than voters like to believe” – The Guardian, 17 June 2012)

 

        My main purpose is to convince the audience that a neat, pleasant appearance makes a strong impression and works to that person’s advantage.  Conversely, a slovenly, careless appearance can be a major disadvantage when trying to introduce ourselves in a new environment. In conclusion, I believe every person is beautiful in their own way, and bringing out the best features of a person with the help of makeup, can boost one’s confidence. On the other hand, this perception can never be used as a standard and being beautiful is not a “requirement” for success. Natural beauty can never make up for one’s lack of good character, but it can enhance a person’s image.

         It has been proven that, besides being good orators and having all the necessary qualities of a leader, good looking, charismatic presidents had a greater impact on their people. For instance, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, and the man who etched his name in the annals of Turkish history as a great reformer was a good looking person. He made a good impression on the crowds with his famous, unforgettable speeches, but was also very much liked for his pleasant appearance. Some American presidents had a similar impact on their people, such as J.F. Kennedy who was handsome and looked athletic. Other politicians were favored over their opponents due to their good looks and this issue was tackled by many studies. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney was a greater challenge to Barack Obama than John McCain was because of his good looks. As an article written on the subject states,

       We all know that looks matter and modern politicians have always assumed that their battles are decided on both substance and image. The surprise in recent research is that a candidate’s appearance can lead to a far greater vote swing than even the cynics had imagined. We like to think we judge politicians on the content of their character and ideas, but research shows that those assessments are greatly influenced by signals we perceive on a subliminal level through an individual’s looks, through their body language, and even the pitch and cadence of their voice.

 

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