Apparently I don't have a "dramatic" before and after. But, the thing is, Tracy-Prior-to-Fashion does not look very different from Tracy-Currently-in-Fashion. I don't dramatically alter my appearance. I might sometimes do a makeup tutorial featuring some techniques as a teaching tool, but no, I don't wear dramatic makeup 99% of the time. Most people don't. Most of us have our "quick" face we can put on. I like how I look when I'm natural or wearing natural-looking makeup. That is me being true to myself as a person. Just because I own 7 different shades of red lipstick doesn't mean I'm wearing it everyday. It just means I like having them as an option when I DO want to wear it. But mostly, I like looking natural. Culturally, out here in the Pacific Northwest, heavy make-up is just not a big part of our socially accepted aesthetic. "Natural" is the key word! Except with some of the much older women perhaps. But most of us are a bit more "granola" than that.
In the midwest and south, I found that women wore TONS of makeup (in comparison), and they wore it everyday. It was as normal a part of their routine as brushing their teeth.
And that's fine too! In the midwest and south, that is what is more socially acceptable. Cultural context definitely plays a part here. And in the Pacific Northwest, we just adore that more natural, fresh-faced look!
But I'm feeling rather pressured here. I don't like being TOLD I have to basically go put on a full face of makeup, for dramatic effect.
1). That dramatic "after" then becomes forced and fake because it's not a look I even wear 99% of the time. It's not actually representative of me or my style.
2). Makeup is every woman's personal choice to wear it. None of us should feel pressured to put it on.
So, I am considering just putting a baby photo of myself as my "before". Or maybe putting on literal clown makeup for my "after". That makes it "dramatic" right? And authenticity isn't the important part here. It just needs to be dramatic. (They didn't specify that it had to be dramatically BETTER in the "after").
At some point I need to actually respond civilly. I'm not there yet though.