now time to put my face on
Today, Cirque Du Soleil came to Chapman University and they are going to be teaching a bunch of workshops this weekend! This is the first time they have done something like this, and I’m so lucky to go to a school with such privileges. My roommate Rachel says she’s “super fucking excited!” because she wants to work with Cirque du Soleil one day. She wants to be a performer in it, so this is a really great opportunity.
I just got back from a makeup class with Scott Clish, the assistant costume designer of Cirque’s show “O” in Las Vegas. He started off giving a condensed history of makeup. It dates all the way back to the Egyptians who used it as a form of vanity as well as protection from the sun. He showed us how far we’ve come and all the different factors that changed makeup throughout history, such as lighting on stage or when films began. It was so interesting to see how something that once was nothing has developed into such an articulate art.
I wanted to talk about makeup because some feminists believe that makeup is society’s way of saying you need it to look beautiful. Personally, I like to play with makeup. I don’t wear a ridiculous amount like some people, but I think a little makeup is harmless. From this workshop, I also realized how vital makeup can be especially when it comes to performing. During shows, I know that us dancers put on makeup to make sure the lights don’t’ wash us out. But for Cirque, it enhances their character so much and makes the audience believe they are in another world.
If you are trying to build up your self esteem, don’t cake your face with makeup, please. Way too many girls look like clowns because of all the cheap stuff they throw on their face. You don’t need the extra details on your face. Yeah, you can put on a little but don’t depend on it. Try going a few days without makeup, and when a special occasion arrives try experimenting with a little eyeshadow and mascara. I’m not saying that you need it to look pretty, but it can give you a confidence boost every once in a while. But remember, you’re gorgeous naturally and makeup is more for fun than a necessity.