Putting on Makeup Is Better Than Prozac

felicity jonesThere are few things in life I hate more than blow drying my hair. The heat, the noise, the time it takes, it's worse than listening to a dog bark all night. But there's one beauty routine I really love, and that's the simple yet intensively complicated act of applying makeup. Give me a mirror, some good lightening, decent counter space, great tunes, and a bucket full of beauty products and I will be happiest nutcase this side of the Mississippi. There's just something so therapeutic about putting on one's face, don't you agree? Felicity Jones of Like Crazy does. She told People that doing her makeup is a cathartic experience. And frankly, I couldn't agree more.

Felicity went on to share her appreciate for the potions we spread on our eyes, cheeks, and lips. 

As an actress, makeup can change your face [and] help you to create characters. That’s when you realize how exciting it can be, how something as simple as combing your brows in a different way can change you. I’ve always liked the idea of the face and body as a blank canvas.

Even though most of us aren't actors unless we're at the Apple store recounting the crazy, crazy! freak accident that made our iPhone screen crack inexplicably and unprovoked in our pocket, we can and should play around with the stuff and experiment with different looks.

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Like Felicity says, something as simple as back-combing your brows can take you from soccer mom to Natasha, sexy spy extraordinaire.

If you've shyed away from lipstick your whole life because you thought you didn't have enough lip to pull it off (I'm pointing right at myself, here) throw that nonsense out the window. I used to be so afraid of the stuff, now I can't get enough. It really brightens up the face in a way that blush and eye-makeup can't even touch.

So shut the bathroom door, put on your favorite playlist, (I'm obsessed with playlist-generator Songza, in case you were wondering) and play around in the quite solitude of makeup application. Soon you'll see what Felicity and I mean when we trumpet that it's cathartic. Enjoy!


Photo via Heather McCall/Flickr

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tigge... tigger238

I can't say putting on make up is therapeutic for me but I do love the end result once it's done.

emmas... emmasmama2007

I agree, something about playing with your look is so revitalizing. I also didn't go for lipstick but now i'm in love with red lips in diffrent shades.

the3Rs the3Rs

um...wow.  First off - I don't wear makeup, so I don't get this article at all.  Second, I typically don't do this, but WOW.  Were the editors and proofreaders sleeping?!  There were so many misspellings and errors in grammar that I simply couldn't enjoy the article even if I DID wear makeup.

jayde... jaydensmom1726

no make up really dosent do much for me i would much rather be able to afford my anti depressants

Melis... Melissa042807

I do love putting on my makeup. I feel energized afterward. And I agree about blowdrying the hair - I hate doing it but I love the results.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

I sit on the couch with that first, wonderful cup of coffee, open the shades to take in the morning (natural) light, use a compact mirror and put on a little make-up--it's the best part of the day!

RoughGem RoughGem

Makeup makes me feel uglier--it just makes me think about all the flaws that people think I shouldn't have. I'd rather go without and have the confidence that comes from not hiding anything.

Just my personal feeling--I know a lot of people wear makeup for other reasons and don't feel like this. For me, though, it makes me feel worse.

Delamara Delamara

Yeah...make-up does NOT change the problems within...it only covers them up. Nice job on basically telling every woman who takes Prozac and other meds like them that we only need make-up and..poof! Problem solved. I take Wellbutrin for my depression and putting on make-up or not didn't make a damn difference. 

k.stark k.stark

I think for the people who disagree with this should think about the fact of when you feel like you look good you usually feel better about yourself.... some people have a chemical imbalance (i have a chemical imbalance) I personally do not wear make up.. but i used to go tanning and I would feel better about stuff after going for a little while.. But I feel it's very similar I felt like I looked good from tanning (I didn't get all super dark and leathery looking lol!) and since I felt I looked good I felt better about myself... giving myself more confidence and a more positive outlook... 

annaica annaica

Just because you have a pretty face doesn't mean everything is all right.

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