Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mascara'd


... or why you can't treat your guy friends exactly like your girl friends.

The Star and I were headed over to Zibibbo to meet a friend for dinner. In my girliest moment in months, I was putting on makeup in the car. (It's not that I don't wear makeup, but applying it is a very private thing. For whatever reason, that is its own intimacy level for me.)

At the corner of Marsh and Middlefield, I swept DiorShow mascara on to my right eye. At the Middlefield and Ravenswood stoplight, I finished with my left. The Star politely said that it "made a big difference," which it does - the stuff is great - but I know he's full of crap because he recently exclaimed "Wait, you wear glasses???" when I wear glasses 99% of the time. Since he was trying, I decided to treat him like a girl friend: I told him that the mascara smelled really nice, and made him smell it. He said, and I quote, "But someone would have to be kissing your eye bags in order to smell it."

He's a charmer, that one.




I was too stunned to explain that mascara scent is often used as an indicator: when the smell wears off, it's time to replace your mascara. Also, I think manufacturers add a scent to make me (the consumer) happy - make-up is largely about what women want and like (not the male(s) the Star seems to assume are the ultimate target.)

6 comments:

terence said...

mascara smells?!?! how bizarre...

yasmine said...

hahaha he's a smart one, your friend. And clearly I'm right up there with Terence in obliviousness, too, since I didn't even know mascaras have a scent (or maybe I just buy the cheap ones that don't smell? Or maybe, again, I'm just oblivious to the fact that they DO smell?), much less the fact that lack of mascara scent is an indicator for replacement time. Duuuude. I'm so outta the loop.

maisnon said...

t and y: Mascara doesn't always smell, this stuff is particularly scent-heavy.

I felt so vindicated. Yesterday, I put some on at work (because, hey, it was in my work bag from the day before.) I had closed my door to do so, and a secretary knocked and came in to hand me something and said, "You smell great!" I had to tell her it was my MASCARA!

(She didn't believe me, but did after she smelled the tube.)

Maitri said...

Mascara has a scent? Wow. The things one learns. (Really, I didn't know that.)

Peppermint Patty said...

I didn't know that either. I just bought a tube of Lorac mascara in aubergine and took a whiff - it does smell pretty nice! I am just now getting into makeup at the age of 31; never wore any in high school or college.

Roonie said...

Errr...I didn't know that about mascara scents...!