"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."