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  • Looking young and attractive with makeup is the next best thing to actually being young and attractive. After all, a woman only has a few years where she really is youthful, but she can wear foundation makeup til the day she dies (and even after!).

  • Wearing makeup is an apology for our actual faces.

  • The history of cosmetics is as old as the history of mankind. The impulse to self-decoration has been present in all human societies.

  • Cosmetics today are big business — very big business. ... Success is based on the simple premise that if it's a question of being attractive and fashionable, you can sell people anything.

  • Makeup: Western equivalent of the veil. A daily reminder that something is wrong with women's normal looks. A public apology.

  • Blue eyeshadow should be illegal.

  • I sometimes think that the prevalent use of external cosmetics eats out the internal brain if persisted in long enough.

  • Taking joy in life is a woman's best cosmetic.

  • Happiness is the secret of beauty. But who knows the secret of happiness? The wise woman keeps her cosmetics at hand.

  • The best cosmetic in the world is an active mind that is always finding something new.

  • ... I can't see how any woman can find time to do to herself all the things that must apparently be done to make herself beautiful and, having once done them, how anyone without the strength of mind of a foreign missionary can keep up such a regime.

  • ... there are hundreds who don't know the difference between a cleansing cream and an emollient — which to our minds is practically the same as being illiterate.

  • Women with matching lipstick and nail polish have way too much time on their hands.

    • Debbie Dingerson,
    • in Lisa Cofield, Debbie Dingerson, and Leah Rush, Mrs. Murphy's Laws ()
  • They discontinued my favorite lipstick. It was called Peach Melba and it made me look thin.