Tuesday, May 5, 2015Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Worked up over make-up

Time women spend on dolling up can be used for more important things

Published on Jun 8, 2014 11:37 AM

I can remember the first time I felt bad for not wearing enough make-up.

I had just gotten into the car of a particularly tactless boyfriend, who glanced at me and said: "Wah, you're very pale. Why don't you wear blush like other girls?"

I was in my mid-20s then, still young enough - or so I thought - to rely on the natural flush of youth.

But that comment planted the first seeds of self-conscious inferiority in my mind (not to mention the seeds of that relationship's end).

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!