Today I was challenged to explain what makes southern culture distinctive. It’s a challenge I’ve been issued several times before, and it’s one that is particularly difficult to answer. That level of difficulty is substantially higher when the person questioning has never been to the states in question.
I didn’t provide a complete answer today, but I did offer one piece of information: Southern women, on the whole, wear significantly more make up than the rest of the country.
No, I can’t explain why we do that. Perhaps it’s something of a southern belle mindset. But I’ve noticed that, although I coat my face in more products than many of my Floridian (and other non-Southern) friends, I look bare-faced compared to many of the girls on my campus. And man, have you ever hung out with Mississippian sorority girls? They make me look positively naked!
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a high maintenance princess. I do my hair (mousse and wax) every day, and my full face goes on every morning. My battle gear includes concealer, foundation, powder, blush and/or bronzer, several shades of eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip liner/stick/gloss/all of the above, in that order. The day’s agenda has little effect on this regimen. On a day like today, when I only leave the house to make a grocery run, I might skimp on the eye make up or coat my lips with Chapstick alone. Night events demand touch ups and sometimes a different eye look entirely. (My next make up purchase will be liquid liner, but for now, I’m just wearing the pencil a bit thicker.)
Fellas, if you claim that you don’t like women who wear make up, you might want to stay out of my region. If you prefer southern ladies who don’t wear make up, I know a grand total of two beautiful women to whom I could introduce you. (And one of them is a transplant!) But if you’re into women who take pleasure in playing up their features with a variety of colors and textures, consider a move to the south. We primp and preen, but some of us (ahem, me) tend to do it more for our own enjoyment than for your attention.
Take that for what it’s worth. 🙂
This weekend, I treated myself to several make up purchases, including an eye duet (Jungle) from my Mary Kay lady. This is my new green daytime look – light green over the entire lid and up to the brow, dark green in the crease and green eye liner above and below the lid. And yes, I did spend plenty of time today contemplating the success of this look.