Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin' with no makeup on
JP from 'Love Is Blind' should have used Drake's lyrics to avoid combative moment with Taylor
I kept dodging the makeup artist every time she offered to give me a makeover. One of my co-workers talked me into it, but I kept saying, “I don’t want all that ish on my face.” Minus a short-lived fondness for eyeshadow in college, my entire life, I’ve never been that thrilled with makeup.
Blame it on my naked-faced mother, who wore next to no makeup on her wedding day. It’s not that she doesn’t know how to apply makeup. She did such a good job on my Halloween makeup (I was a witch) when I was about six or seven years old that I was terrified of my own complexion. I cried and pleaded with her to take all that stuff off my face. She refused, and I sat on a kitchen stool being a sad, green witch and avoiding all mirrors. In another lifetime, she could’ve been a movie makeup artist instead of a credit union manager.
That didn’t change with age. I reacted slightly less melodramatically when my brother’s wife tried to apply mascara on me for senior prom. I just knew she was trying to stab my eyes out. She had to do some major makeup marketing to convince me not to run screaming out the door with my prom date — clean-faced. She didn’t know that I was the kid who once had an eye infection, and it took the strength of my older brother and my father to hold me down solely for my mother to put eye drops in my eyes. I do not like anything on my eyes. (The irony is I’m wearing contact lenses in the photos below.)
In all fairness, I loved the end result, and she did a great job. In fact, I like her makeup job more than the actual professional makeup artist from that work event (top image).
So a small part of me gets the uproar over Taylor versus JP in “Love Is Blind.” But in both cases — immediately after senior prom ended and (years later) an hour after the trade show was over — the first thing I did was scrub all of the makeup off my face.
I am not a makeup person (excluding Halloween, when I learned to appreciate my mother’s skills). If there’s a very special occasion, I may humor the idea. But my idea of makeup is Fenty Beauty’s Hot Chocolit lip gloss, clear Cover Girl eye mascara and mandatory cocoa butter applied at least twice a day onto my face. This is why I never get upset when men I’ve dated jump if I try to kiss them with lipstick on. I even felt bad for one guy whose lip broke out from repeatedly kissing me while I insisted on wearing a particular lip gloss.
I can guarantee you my politics do not line up with JP from “Love Is Blind,” and I never thought I’d be defending the red-white-and-blue obsessed contestant. But I think he took a lot of heat for telling his match Taylor that he thought she was prettier without makeup. Granted, she looked absolutely stunning in her gold dress and light makeup during the “Love Is Blind” reunion. (Aaliyah, who apparently wore makeup although she looked pretty natural to me, also looked absolutely gorgeous.)
But I got what he was saying. As the “Best I Ever Had” lyrics (“sweatpants, hair tied, chillin' with no makeup on”) go, there are some men who genuinely think naked-faced women are more attractive. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I would personally take it as a compliment. Still, his delivery of calling women who wear makeup “fake” couldn’t have been more cringeworthy. The only thing that makes me grit my teeth more than his comment is the women in the comment section of the “Love Is Blind” Instagram posts who swear all 3.95 billion women in the world wear makeup at all times. Your social circle may never leave home without a makeup bag or require makeup on national television, but your social circle is not the entire population.