This Artist Takes A Hilarious Stab At "Makeup Deception"

Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
"Makeup deception" has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Last month, a man sued his wife just one day after their wedding because he saw her makeup-less the morning after the nuptials and got scared (wrong on SO many levels). This "problem" is nothing new. One of comedian Chris Rock's most famous jokes is: "Look at you. You got on makeup. Your face don't look like that. You got a weave. Your hair ain't that long. Everything about you is a lie, and you expect me to tell the truth!" Charming.

This ludicrous idea was so hilarious to illustrator Megan Nicole Dong that she decided to have some fun with it. So she created a photo series highlighting the ridiculousness of men being "deceived" by cosmetics. "I've personally met and known a lot of young men and women who have very negative opinions about makeup and the people who wear it," she says. "A lot of guys I've known have talked openly about their preference for women who were 'totally natural' and made jokes about not wanting to wake up next to a 'different person' in the morning — not realizing that the natural look they like usually involves makeup in some form or another."

In one of her illustrations, a guy follows a girl's eyebrows off a cliff. In another, he listens to a pair of eyelashes that tells him to leave his umbrella at home, only to end up in a rainstorm. The message is clear: Quit playing that deception card.

"I decided to make fun of the absurdity of it all the best way I knew how," Dong says. "My ideas [for the comics] come from conversations, observations, and my tendency to fixate on weird details about pretty much everything."

Ahead, find some of Dong's illustrations, and then click over to her website to see more of her work.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
Trust no mascara.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
That pig is not impressed.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
Oh, me? Just hanging with my two besties.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
Beware of red lipstick...and bees.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
Brow game on fleek!
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That's some pretty shady lipstick.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
Makeup so deceptive, it makes you forget who you are.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
Mascara sure knows how to ruin your childhood.
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Image: Courtesy of Megan Nicole Dong.
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