As hair and makeup trends progress, many more women are choosing to mimic the style choices of celebrities, fashion designers and others in the beauty industry, like makeup artists and cosmetologists. Along with that list of trendsetting beauty professionals come an additional group known as female impersonators who are more often referred to as “drag queens.”
The latter group cannot go unmentioned because it seems that women have discovered ways to enhance their looks by over exaggerating their natural features through use of makeup. Female impersonators are great with exaggerating implied features because they must create the illusion of a feminine facial structure that may not naturally be present; for instance, they may use makeup to contour their faces to give the mirage of high cheek bones or to soften their features for a more feminine appearance. It makes perfect sense for a female impersonator to use a grandiose amount of makeup for creating a more feminized appearance.
But why are women over exaggerating natural features that they already have? And most importantly, why are women over exaggerating their features to participate in everyday life activities, like reporting to work, school or the grocery store?
Makeup was designed to be used to hide undesired features and to illuminate the better features. There is nothing wrong with makeup use; however, there is a fine line between enhancing a natural look and constructing a new face just to live everyday life (when there is nothing majorly wrong with one’s natural face), which would be perfectly understood if the individual lives life in front of the lens of a camera.
Oh wait! People do live their lives in front of cameras. It’s called Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.