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Monday, April 9, 2012

The kindness of strangers

Photo of the author taken by Danny Bird.

I am not one for timekeeping. Let me re-phrase that. I am great at deadlines and turning up for work on time (or even early!), but I never seem to get my timings right for a ‘Night on the Tiles.’ What usually happens is that I am practically ready to go out but have to leave before any make-up touches my face. So my solution? Bring it with me! This normally sees me doing my make-up on public transport. I was recently in this predicament when I started to notice other people’s reactions to me and the people were divided. Half looked on in disbelief and disgust at the sheer sight of a girl with a make-up bag on her lap, unashamedly dolling herself up. The other lot were willing me to get half of it down my face. 

Another thing I am not one for is to feel embarrassed for anything I do, as well as not believing in plastering my face with foundation or primer. A bit of blush, eyeliner and mascara is enough for me. Though I do like to experiment with my eye shadow. Which is why I was so shocked at some of these unruly faces staring back at me. I mean, it is not that I’m unaware of how drastically cosmetics can change one's face, but I simply use it to highlight my features and express my personality.

But one thing I did not expect was that once I had finished and was getting off the train, a lovely females said “Well done honey! I would never be able to do my slap on the train – yours looks great!” As I left the train, I blushed. It convinced me that what I did was not unseemly, but that it was a great time to be a woman putting on make-up on public transport!

-Natalie Moyanah
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

1 comment:

  1. Natalie, I only just realised that the image for this blog is of you! Your eyes look amazing - how on earth have you got leopard spot eyeshadow?! Amazing... As if I wasn't impressed enough that you can apply make up on public transport!