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Thursday, February 05, 2004
posted by TheBroadroom.Net at 5:32 AM (Pacific)

Why is it impossible for me to be a minimalist? Hmmm, I think it may be because makeup serves two purposes for me.

One is the same as most people: to enhance my looks. Now, if this were the only reason for me to wear makeup, I would probably have about the same amount of stuff as Josie. I'd keep the MAC Bare Canvas for an eyeshadow base, Lancome Black Coffee khol, Benefit Dandelion, something like Nars Dolce Vita, something like MAC Craving or MAC VivaGlamIV, and maybe a red lipstick too, and then for eyeshadow, a couple purples, a couple pinks, a couple neutrals (say, MAC Mauvism, Nars Lulu, MAC Mink Pink, MAC Yogurt, Benefit me, Myself & I, MAC Wedge). Maybe a few more like MAC Petalescent, Benefit Check's In the Mail, and MAC Haux but that's it. I can do loads of flattering looks with just these things. But...

Second purpose of makeup in my life: fun! I've always been a colour freak. I'll go to an art store and browse for hours. The paints are especially attractive to me but I like everything coloured: paper, pastels, everything! I could buy the whole place up! And when I paint, I love just seeing all the colours laid out on my palette. I get this overwhelming sense of possibility. So much that I can do with these colours! Mix them to create new ones, put them next to each other, etc. I get the same feeling when I visit a MAC counter (the feeling isn't quite as pronounced at other makeup counters because they have a smaller range of colours). The possibilities are endless! I don't have a lot of time to paint and draw on a daily basis so I think that makeup actually serves as my artistic outlet. I have time for it in the morning and it doesn't take a lot of space like oil-painting does. And that's why I can't be a minimalist. If you're going to "paint", you're going to need blue. And tons of other colours.

Even when using makeup like paint (and I don't mean caking it on; I don't do that), there are some colours that either don't work (because when working with a face, the "canvas" already has some colour that you have to work with) or aren't necessary because they can be reproduced with a combination of other colours. As of now, I'm trying to reduce my stash not to what I would need if I used makeup only to enhance my looks, but to what I really need and can use as someone who paints with her makeup...

I'm still attracted to the notion of minimalism. It creates somewhat of a signature look that I like. It gives a lasting impression. And it's more "zen", less clutter. But if I tried to be a minimalist, it wouldn't work. It would be going against character. Just like I have different styles when I dress and wouldn't be able to stick to just one... It's just that dressing and makeup are a creative outlet for me...

Raphaelle