The recent thread where the OP asked for advice as to whether she should wear makeup to a job interview got me to ask the female posters: what exactly is your attitude toward makeup? How much - if any - do you wear, and to what extent does it depend on the occasion? (please be as specific as possible: if you put on tinted moisturizer, colored lip balm or some similar product that you might not really think of as “makeup”, include that as well). Do you feel like you “need” to present yourself in makeup in certain situations, or do you see it as a fully optional accessory that you only wear when you want to, because you want to? (For instance, do you always make a point of wearing makeup to work, or are you able to, for example, put some on on a random day when you feel like it, and not put it on on another day, when you just can’t be bothered with it)?
Also, is your makeup meant to be seen, or do you mainly wear it to conceal blemishes, even out your skin, etc? (I stated in one of my last posts in the other thread that I thought I could recognize when a woman wears makeup and where she doesn’t. To be honest, though, while I definitely know what a woman without makeup looks like, I will admit that there may be times when I don’t see that a woman is wearing concealer or some other “nude” product).
This question is obviously one that doesn’t apply to me, but just to theorize a bit. I have no idea if I would wear makeup or not if I were a woman, as obviously the way I would have grown up and what societal influences I would have been exposed to (and been, or not been, influenced by) would be different. However, if I had developed the same habits and lifestyle as I have now, the answer would likely be “no” as grooming is not something that comes easily to me; I keep late hours and snooze for a long time in the mornings, getting out of bed at the last minute. I can’t imagine how I would find time for it (in real time I don’t even shave - though time is only one of a series of reasons for that). To be even more academic, suppose I somehow mutated into a woman today. I most definitely wouldn’t begin wearing makeup or nail polish, that much I am sure of (I would, however, likely grow my hair - already long for a dude - longer, and I would start removing my leg and armpit hair).