Dear Kimye, ThanKs for the History Lesson
There is no denying the influence the Kardashian's have had on modern culture; from lip and butt implants to hair and eyelash extensions, they've made mainstream things that have been traditionally reserved for the Hollywood elite. An area where their influence has been most highly debated is in how women are now wearing their makeup; many have said it's their fault that women wear too much makeup now. Gone are the days when a slide of gloss across the lips was enough to head out to brunch with the girls; now, if you're not wearing a full face of primer, foundation, highlighter, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, false lashes, heavily penciled eyebrows, lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, and setting spray before you leave the house, your face photo-shoot ready, you're basically a neanderthal. Perhaps, in our race to adopt everything new and to run toward the future, as a society we're actually reverting to practices from our ancient past. Is painting our faces today akin to the age-old, ritualistic way of identifying our tribal affiliations? Have the Kardashians actually taught us a valuable history lesson? Maybe. Read on.
Facepainting dates back thousands of years. Long before Mel Gibson made the Celtic blue face paint famous in the war scene in Braveheart, Scottish clansmen and Irish warriors painted their faces to scare the shit out of the Romans; African tribes and the Australian Aboriginals practiced face painting to get their religion on; while Native Americans used face painting for rituals, dances, and battles, believing the paint held magical powers (ahem, can someone say rave?). In addition, the paint colors tribes and clansmen used communicated not only the tribe they represented but other messages; black paint indicated one was preparing for war and was considered a very aggressive color; red paint symbolized blood, energy, power and success; blue paint stood for wisdom and confidence, while green paint symbolized endurance. Crazy, right? So, if you apply ancient color theory to, say, today's Urban Decay eyeshadow palette, or my black, smokey eye and my strong, red lip, I'm pretty much letting everyone know (on an ancient vibe) that I'm a bad b*tch getting ready to go out and kick the world's ass. I don't know about you, but I actually feel kind of empowered just thinking about it. Thanks, Kardashians; you're not all bad (no matter what anyone says about you).
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