the more you know the less you need

the more you know the less you need

Making Up

Making Up

I’ve engaged in a lively discussion on Facebook and on this blog about dressing up. I asked a simple question: Why aren’t women dressing up anymore?

British Vogue, September, 1962. Photo: Frances McLaughlin-Gill

I received many comments, likes, and shares. My favourite answer is from a woman who is not giving up—and encouraged another despondent Facebook group member not to either:

I’m still dressing, too, and so is my partner. We get dressed up to go out to dinner with one another. And we sometimes get dressed up just to stay at home. We dress to go to the doctor, the drug store, the grocery, or to get a haircut. Basically, if we’re leaving home, we are dressing in real clothes, what used to be called “outfits.” I’ve never owned a pair of sweat pants and don’t intend to, either!
Sherry Boyle Lee via Facebook:

Bravo I say.

After pondering dressing up, I began to wonder about making up.

Are women still Putting on their face?

Vogue, October 1, 1935, Art: Eduardo Garcia Benito


Tricia Cusden, 70, Look Fabulous Forever

Photo: Tom Stockill

Wearing make-up, for me, is about feeling able to face the day, not about looking younger. I like to wear nice clothes, do my hair, put my face on and feel the very best version of me that I can create. I love the transformation that make-up creates and I’m not ashamed to say it.

Penny, 72, The Frugal Fashion Shopper

Makeup for me is an essential, and like many of you I’d no more walk out of the door unmade up than I would if I was undressed. It just wouldn’t happen. I have a face I expect to see, and that is a made-up face.

Iris Apfel, 97, Icon

Vogue Portugal, 2018

Aging gracefully is about no heavy makeup, and not too much powder because it gets into the wrinkles, and you know, to not get turtle eyelids, and to not try to look young. You don’t have to look like an old fuddy-duddy, but I believe it was Chanel who said, ‘Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young’. I think you can be attractive at any age. I think trying to look like a spring chicken when you’re not makes you look ridiculous.
~ Into the Gloss, January 2012


Joanne,The Make-Over Guy’s Mum, 78: This is Not Me /This Is Me

Personally, as I get older, I wear less make-up but more artfully applied. I’ve discovered less is definitely more when it comes to cosmetics. However, although I may not wear a full face of makeup every time I go out the door, I never go anywhere without lipstick.

What do you think?

Are you still making up?


SEE MY POST: Dressing

Photo: Nina Leen; 1958

POST ILLUSTRATION: Vogue, February 15, 1935, Carl Erickson

6 thoughts on “Making Up”

  • I am still “making up” as I enjoy putting on makeup and taking care of myself. I make an effort even if I am going to the fitness club to work out or take a fitness class. I believe that it is important to put your best self forward. If you do, you are always ready take on what the day brings AND people respond positively to you because you have made the effort. I do admit that I am investing more in skin care as I get older and my make up is a much sheerer application than in my younger days. But lipstick – always lipstick.

  • Hello Susan and thank you so much for featuring me in your post. While I do believe that women should feel free to do as they please I also believe that putting on makeup as part of a daily routine is about having a certain style. For me makeup will be part of my life for absolutely as long as I live! And actually at my age (72) I’m not putting less makeup on – but I’m willing to learn new techniques. Thanks again ?

  • aaaah i love this post! And yes for me I am still making up! It’s fun and it’s something that I put on to enhance and never cover up anything (well maybe except for a few blemishes :D).I am going over to your dressing post now because I feel Like I ponder over the same questions! I love looking at old photos in the 40s,50s,60s and seeing women dressed up every day and always wonder to myself why don’t we all dress more? No need to wait for a special occasion!

    Life is a Shoe

  • I rarely wear makeup, just lip balm, earrings and some tasteful jewelry are what I do and I do dress nice for work and go to church and when we go out to eat. On weekends, trips to the grocery store or Walmart, I wear slacks/jeans a T-shirt or fleece and my hair in a braid. For fancier occasions, I do have my husband give me a french, dutch or side braid to dress it up, but I don’t waste the time or money feeling I have to be dressed up all the time. I am a low maintenance lady, and frankly seeing high maintenance family members who cannot lift a finger outside for fear of breaking a nail, seem so insecure and selfish to me.

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