On an ordinary day, I get into a crowded train, find a seat and I wait for the train to start. When I look up, I see a young girl across from me with all her makeup piled on her lap. Not acknowledging her surroundings, she concentrates on making her eyelashes perfect with her mascara. Now this is something ordinary I see on the train or anywhere a girl can sit and do her own things.
When I say ordinary, I mean I'm quite used to seeing this and most of the time I never question why these girls apply makeup in public. Although I don't apply makeup in public, I feel like our generation has become so busy that we have to incorporate activities into others in order to get past the daily schedule on time. But I wonder, are we busy or do we just have time management problems?
On another day, I get on the same train except with my father and immediately after we sit down he leans into me and whispers, "See that girl over there?" I look up and of course there's a lot of girls, so I reply, "Which one?" My father sort of looks at me surprised and says, "The one putting makeup on! I better not see you doing that in public." I smile and promise never to do so and we go onto our normal conversations.
On the same day I have a talk with an elderly woman and she's raging over the fact that girls do their makeup in front of the "whole world." She raises her voice and says, "Applying makeup in public is the same as getting dressed in front of everyone and it should be done at home. Whether you have the time or not." I realize that makeup is part of dressing and I quietly walk off while she chattered about the whole topic to another person.
How far can we go when it comes to applying makeup in public? I think if a woman needs to reapply lipstick it's not so bad, but if she needs to perfect all of her makeup then she should go to the restroom to do so. Some of my guy friends say that they find it uncomfortable to see girls doing their whole routine, the funny faces we make just disturbs them. Others find it amusing, some even attractive. But I have never heard of anyone saying girls should do it in public, so I guess it's best if we keep makeup "behind the scenes."