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Cosmetics: Drug of Deception & Power

March 19, 2016

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left. The Kabuki Effect

The $200 billion cosmetics industry has 
largely escaped scrutiny.  Wray Edwards
says cosmetics are addictive and unhealthy. 
After reading this eye opening series, you'll never 
again take makeup for granted.

"How sad.  Getting others to like you by projecting an artificial image."

from April 2012
By Wray Edwards

At first it might seem cute. Little girls see mommy "putting on her face" and ask if they can too.  Seems harmless.  But wait...
One day on a train, I met a woman who was the Director of a women-only drug rehab program. We got to talking and she divulged the entry requirements for her therapy paradigm. 

 1. The entrant had to give up the drugs, and 2. The women were told they could no longer wear makeup.  This makes sense because the patients were learning to face reality without depending on mind-altering or appearance altering-substances.
When caught cheating
, it was usually with cosmetics. They were hooked...what we call the Kabuki effect.  Cosmetics are four times more addictive than some drugs and availability is not an issue.  Often women are heard to say, "I wouldn't go to the mailbox without my makeup."  
makeup1.jpegWhen women  "put on a face," they often fall into a trance.  This probably has to do with the fragrances (which might have a pheromone or drug-like effect). 

Also, the ritual of applying the substances (many of which are in powder form like many drugs)  has a stimulating effect.   If they perceive that their image in the mirror 
is really good, or by complimentary remarks of peers, they feel "powerful."  It would probably be found that women are experiencing a marked increase in endorphin blood levels.

What passes for "Beauty" in any given society, renders the wearer powerful.  

The line from Keats: "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty--that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know" is completely wrong in the cosmetic context because they are indulging in deception

 And don't fall for the line, "I'm just using it to 'enhance' my appearance."  Hogwash!  They are hiding behind a mask.
Very few women are naturally picture perfect.  People with facial biometrics which measure close to 1:1.618 (the golden section) are often said to be attractive, but that ignores coloration, texture, and expression.
ad4.jpegWhen one considers the principle users of cosmetics (spies, actors, clowns, cadavers, transvestites, geisha and women) there are some universal similarities: fear of detection - "if my lipstick fades what will people think of my natural self" (except for the cadaver of course), a sense of fragility (insecurity) should the eyeliner smear, the nylons run, the implant shift or hundreds of other identity props malfunction.
 At all times, the individual realizes she is following the Mossad motto:"By deception thou shalt do war." 

 War!?  you say.  Well, yes.  Surely you've heard of the battle of the sexes.  Just look at the words used to describe "beautiful"  women... "Wow, she's a knockout."  "Yikes!  "What a bombshell", "Drop dead good looks", "To die for",  and "Killer." 

Look at the covers and ads in the women's mags.  Those facial expressions are often very predatory.  Tribal warriors throughout history knew the value of war paint.
The cosmetic wearer consciously or subconsciously knows that they they are living a lie.  This tension almost always leads to neurosis.  What difference is there between a ventriloquist who animates a dummy, and a person who puts their face into a grease puppet animated by their facial muscles?  Not much, in this writer's opinion.

 Anna Nichole Smith said,  "When they start putting on the makeup...that's when I really come alive." 

How sad.  Getting others to like you by projecting an artificial image. It must be pure torture.  She tried to play a role which was too difficult to play.  It eventually killed her.  "Thou shalt not make [of] thee any graven image..." 

 Right now we are watching Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and many other "stars" self-destruct as they fight their global icon battles.

Part Two- Cosmetics: Drug of Power & Deception 

Wray Edwards 
had a radio show in Tampa. Now he covers the world of boxing. 

Related - Stefan Molyneux - Makeup Means You are Lying to Men 
-------------------------------------------------- Cosmetic Industry Trade Secrets 

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Cosmetics: Drug of Deception & Power"

Thomas said (March 21, 2016):

My deceased wife never wore makeup. In my eyes at least, her beauty was equivalent to many exa-Helens (one Helen being that quantity-quality of beauty that will launch 1000 ships).

Doug P said (March 20, 2016):

Another expression is actually "war paint", guys use it to describe women's makeup.

They should learn more about what it does to their skin - lipstick with lead poisons them, makeup makes the skin age faster by restricting the skin from breathing. The skin is one of the most important organs of the body- it breathes. Good skin is key to sexual attractiveness.

For health reasons alone, women should be afraid of makeup, never mind it's addictive qualities. Older women who have used it all their lives cannot hide how terrible their skin looks.

MG said (March 20, 2016):

I think it's pretty simple; just like guys that have the need to have big muscles are trying to compensate for the lack of other things; brains, money, a kind heart women that put on makeup are doing the same. Personally I'm not against make-up but I do usually think women that have less make-up are more beautiful as opposed to women that wear more make-up that I would call sexy. I just think the more make-up a women wears the more it shows she has no real confidence in herself outside of her physical appearance and for man looking for a serious relationship/marriage that is not a good sign.

O said (March 20, 2016):

I like connie's comment on that latest article. So I've been meaning to express a similar sentiment to you for some time. That is, Beauty, indeed, is a power that God has gifted to women, and to women alone. I believe that the illuminati satanists are also trying to deny this "power" in two ways:

1. Vilifying a man's natural desire to obtain this beauty (this is the war on heterosexuality, but more importantly the war on male desire and sexuality). It is not OK for a male to want a beautiful woman or look at her in that way in today's society.

2. Convincing a women that it is bad to use this beauty to essentially secure an able bodied male who can pay for her.

Point 2 is subtle. Feminine beauty has many forms: comfort, kindness, physical beauty, sexuality. But the point is - it isnt free. The more the beauty, the higher the cost. This basic human dynamic is being destroyed by the illuminati who want to make "sex" free.

Connie said (March 20, 2016):

The biggest point to emphasize is that, of course beauty is power... women's own very specific power! Men don't have this power in any comparable way. So, just like a man in a business suit and necktie makes a very specific statement about his male power in a manner which has evolved in our culture, a woman wearing lipstick makes a parallel statement about her power in the way that has evolved for a woman. She is entitled to make a statement of this sort. You will notice that when a female doctor or lawyer wears makeup, she is not insecure, although I'll make allowance for occasional exceptions. You will notice a professional woman typically knows where the line is, which if crossed, would cause her makeup to become a mask. You cannot call everyone who wears powder blush a liar.

If a man in a suit and tie ever does engage you in a falsehood, mark my words, he will fall back on those very duds to give him credibility, which are considered "good grooming," and which he can randomly use as a mask. Men do this all the time, which means they are pulling the same stunt you are citing women for. You know, the sexes are more alike than most men will admit!

What a female doctor or lawyer is communicating to you vis a vis makeup is that even though she has entered into a predominantly male world, you can still assume she has feminine characteristics, and that you should not be confused. It's a safe bet that any woman you meet wearing makeup does not want to be your pal, nor to be like any of her male cohorts. True, she may make this statement by wearing a dress, but makeup is in a location wear you can see the message clearly. Like the tie, it is front and center.

To finish, there are so many types of women out there... not sure why men are so eager to lump us all together. So much depends on your starting point. You know, there are a good many gals who are loathe to wear makeup because they are afraid that men WILL treat them like a lady, and they are not able to make peace with that!

Al Thompson said (March 19, 2016):

This article brings up a real sore spot with me. When I was first married to my first and only wife, should generally would not go out of the house unless she had her make up. I'd be ready to go around 8-9 am and I'd have to sit and cool my heels while she put on her make-up. This continued for years and years. I would sometimes ask her when she's going to be done putting on her war paint.

This could be at the root of the problem in helping to produce bitchy women. Women take on a different character when they put on the war paint. Just like a man who puts on a police or military uniform which makes the feel empowered to violate other people. In addition, I think that women who dye their hair are liars because they put up a false appearance.

But, on the male side of it, men who shave (sorry are being submissive. Why shave the face? Is that not the same thing as women putting on make-up?. The man is altering his appearance for whatever reason. I believe shaving the face became the norm during the Roman Empire as me stopped being masculine but more effeminate in their appearance. The shaved face gives those who look upon it notice that this guy is in compliance with the way the new world order types like it to be.

So here we have women putting on the mask with their war paint, and men shaving their faces to look more effeminate. So, this feminist stuff is nothing new.

Dan said (March 19, 2016):

For what it's worth, it is written in the Book of Enoch that the leader of the fallen angels was called Azazel, and he is often identified with Lucifer. He taught men how to use the forge and crucible to make swords and weapons of war, which resulted in great bloodshed. To women he taught the art using precious metals and stones to make jewelry, and how to make cosmetics and fragrances, for the purpose of seducing and manipulating men. The passage reads, "from these practices there came much Godlessness. Men and women committed fornication, and became corrupt in their ways."

I've always been glad that I became a teenager and adult during the roughly ten or fifteen years when girls didn't wear makeup - the hippie influence. Whenever I would see any girl I knew at school wearing makeup, I thought thought they looked vague 'creepy'. I can't quite describe it. Makeup really is a mask, and for many women the 'alter' that results sometimes seems to be the 'look' informing the girl, rather than the other way around.

During the 1970's, ironically, only girls who went to church wore makeup most of the time. Neither the chain smoking hippies or the New Age health fanatics would be caught dead in Revlon.

Jennifer said (March 19, 2016):

I've worked as a professional model and most successful Harvard MBA type men I've dated want me to wear makeup. They want to show me off as their trophy and they say that my beauty impresses other men and helps them "close deals."

One man said, "They wonder how did a guy like me get a beautiful girl like you? - Then they assume I'm successful and they believe if I'm successful with getting Beauty - then I'll be successful in business !"

Also many other upwardly mobile men understand this and are attracted to me as their marketing leverage and insist I "doll-up" to make them look good. With basic model good looks I already look good without make-up. But with make- up I look like a superstar and everyone turns and stares at me when I walk in a room. I could care less but I do it to please my man.

Also I taught pre-school children and decided one day not to wear make up. The children were so used to seeing me in make-up that they thought I was sick and they got worried about me seeing me make- up free.

Tony B said (March 19, 2016):

My second wife came from a family of beautiful sisters whose mother, also beautiful in her youth, was about the most vain person who ever lived, as recognized by both myself and my wife. Some vanity rubbed off. All the girls' hair went from black to grey in their twenties and all dyed. My wife also bathed every day and then drowned her skin with commercial skin creams. She, who was against abortion, had no qualms whatever about using fetus derived compounds to temporarily stretch age wrinkles. I fought her repeatedly not to use any such things on her skin as well as hair dye. She died, after we parted, from breast cancer, in her seventies. I have no doubt these constantly applied cosmetics, combined with the stupid, "money" promoted, breast Xrays, were the cause.

Apparently it is no longer common knowledge that cosmetics were originally created for prostitutes, mostly to hide the ravages of their misuse of themselves and their advancing years. But then, feminism pretty much makes prostitutes of all women, so what the hell . . . .

Ken said (April 5, 2012):

I appreciate very much the new series by Wray Edwards on cosmetics. It’s a subject that has attracted my interest for many years. I reached the same conclusion which Wray notes en passant: cosmetics are not about beauty, they are about power.

And a corollary is that it is not, counterintuitively, very much about power over men over a man, but really a kind of intramural power struggle with other women. Wray’s subtitle has it right: beauty is power. But of course, it is not really beauty, and there’s the rub.

I recall my dumbfounded amazement when I criticized a girlfriend of many months for wearing makeup, and was treated to this rejoinder: “Well, you wear a beard to cover your face. What’s the difference?” The reply would have had obvious relevance if I had critiqued her hair styling, but I don’t object to people wearing their hair becomingly. Like commenter “Tony,” my attempt to free my girlfriend from the cosmetic trap was met, not with gratitude, but with an almost pugnacious defensiveness. Wray has not touched (yet) on the multi-billion dollar industry that profits from the cultivated neurosis he is describing, but it is a big part of the iceberg which he admits only describing the tip of. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Christina said (April 3, 2012):

When I was in my teens and 20's, I would not leave the house without makeup. I had a poor complexion and was so self-conscious. After my acne went away and after passing the 30 mark, my "need" to wear makeup all the time started to dwindle.

Now that I am in my early 40's, I spend more time wearing no make up at all--even with the occasional blemish--than I do wearing makeup. I am a girly girl so I love fashion, cosmetics, jewelry, etc, but the point is, these things don't have an unnatural, unhealthy hold on me. As I learned to love myself for who I am right now, flaws and all, the more freedom I experienced from the trappings of societal pressures to look a certain way. It was definitely a gradual process.

The bottom line is: all things in moderation. If anything has an addictive, unnatural grip on you, then you must look at the root problem and deal with it. In this article, some people have a root of fear about not wearing makeup, fear that they will be "found out" or ridiculed for not looking perfect. The issue is not the makeup, the issue is the root of fear in that person's heart.

The same is true with money and food and so many other things. Jesus said "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil" (emphasis mine). Money itself is inherently neutral and serves many purposes, but when money starts to possess us via greed to accumulate or fear of not enough, then it is a problem.

So ladies, if you want to wear makeup wear it! But if you NEED to wear makeup, then there is a deeper heart issue at work. These heart issues can have many layers, so I offer no pat answers except to encourage all women who may be addicted to makeup (or anything for that matter) that it is possible to have abiding peace in your soul at all times, the kind of peace that passes all understanding and is not dependent upon your circumstances. The journey to get that peace may be a difficult one, but it is one worth pursuing.

Anthony Migchels said (April 3, 2012):

The last article on make-up was yet another bull's eye. It is in fact a major problem for women. The neurosis mentioned in the article is real.

But I think a key issue was ignored:
Women are actually much uglier with makeup. Just look at the picture in the article, this face is a caricature.

The idea that women and cosmetics corporations can improve on the innate beauty as endowed on women by the One is insane.

This probably explains why the notion is so widespread.

Clifford Shack said (April 3, 2012):

Make-up is rooted in Original Sin, the false notion, "I-am-the-body"...the case where the Eternal "I am that I am" misidentifies itself with a particular mortal body. Once misidentification has happened, what follows are feelings of nakedness, shame, and the potential feelings of ugliness without make-up.

Al said (April 3, 2012):

I cannot count the hours I spent waiting for my ex-wife to put on her make up. I could hardly stand it. She always looked great without it.
I enjoyed this article and it makes sense. Make up actually shows up in the Book of Enoch possibly written before the flood.

"1 And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all
2 colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they
3 were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways.

Kim said (September 5, 2010):

Great article. Really made me think.

I am a 47 yr old actress living in Australia.
I think I look pretty good for my age due to good diet and regular yoga etc... I have never had any work done and don't use botox.

I had an interesting day on a television set recently.

I was in the makeup chair about to have my hair done - she had already done my makeup - in the world of television makeup is just not negotiable. Anyway, she and I were discussing my hair. I had some gray in it which I explained I had decided to grow out, as I didn't think it looked too bad...

I was sick of the chemicals used in hair dye and felt, in a world of women presenting themselves in such a plastic way, I would prefer to be natural and opt out of the bullshit. Who knows - it might even mean more work and god knows, unless you are in the minority here, you need all the help you can get. Point of difference etc...

The makeup artist looked at me with a sad smile, shook her head and said

"No, don't do that. You know what producers are like. They'll look at the audition and say 'She doesn't care about herself, she hasn't made an effort. She looks unkempt.'

She then proceeded to apply colored gel to my hair to disguise the gray.

I went to the hair dresser the next day. I still need to pay the bills.

There is a perception out there that if you don't wear makeup and dye your hair as you get older you've 'Let yourself go'... The implication is that you have somehow lost your marbles a little and no longer care about yourself. It's really creepy that people think natural is somehow a bit 'mental'...

I think it means you're past caring what this plastic society thinks about you and that can only be a good thing. If women can stop buying in to this crap there will be no stopping us and it will be a better world.

Josh said (September 5, 2010):

n our armor clad world, women wear makeup to express (without words) many things about themselves.

I drilled my fiancé, "Why do you wear makeup?" She spends around 8 hours a week in front of a mirror!

Henry, she explained to me how much can be derived from a quick glance at a womans artistry.
Things like a womans financial status, insecurities, sexual promiscuity, and stability can all be deduced apparently from the way one paints their face.

Karen said (September 5, 2010):

The article on women's make up is interesting, to say the least.

However, I think that there is a crucial area that was left out of your article.

There are some men, who do not subscribe to the natural, old-fashioned woman we hold to be ideal, do their part to encourage the "big cosmo" culture we see today.

I am a 45 year old woman. I do not wear make-up. I have long hair, past my waist. I NEVER cut it. I am submissive, almost afraid of men, as Jesus wants me to be.

Do you know that I am constantly overlooked in favor of those women who are closer to the "big cosmo" ideal.

Thank you for your kind attention to my comment, and keep up the good work.


Laura said (September 5, 2010):

At 65, I wear minimal makeup to cover sun damage, brown spots, blotchy skin tone caused from decades of fun in the sun, boating, fishing, rafting, swimming, beach bumming, etc. I wear lip gloss, not lipstick. A little eye makeup and face powder to even out the mess. I was never a make up user until I got older as I had a natural blush; So, ladies be subtle, some of the older ones look like they're wearing a plaster mask, incl tv personalities and news ladies. The younger ones (some) are plastered like hookers, and most under 40 don't really need to use it.

Rob said (September 4, 2010):

My comment:

“When a woman becomes sexually aroused, her lips, breasts, and genitals become larger and REDDER as they fill with blood.

The use of Lipstick is a technique thousands of years old, that is intended to mimic the REDDENED GENITALS of the sexually aroused female.”

Therefore, Lipstick is used to promote SEXUAL LUST.

SOURCE: Book: Body language.
Author: Allan Pease.
Page: 95.
ISBN NO: 0 - 85969 - 406 - 2.

Tony Blizzzard said (September 4, 2010):

The article on makeup shows just how unnatural women have become. Ironically, as they gain unwarranted and unearned power over men in the modern world, they become more and more pathetic in their make-believe, Barbie doll world.

Everything is about looks and other material trappings; nothing of real value disturbs the now typical female mind. ("Feminists," an even stranger, more pathetic, brew, are NOT typical women.) Modern women, when I inform them that makeup began with prostitutes trying to remain alluring beyond their years and their wear and tear, usually react with a sheepish smile which reveals that they know they are doing the same things for the same reasons. Not a good sign.

The anti-natural strangeness of the modern female approach to life is appealing to men in their youth but that attraction tends to fade even faster than women's physical attraction as years pass. A woman who remains natural in her essence has every worthwhile advantage over those who live a plastic, Madison Avenue created existence. If only there were more such women.

Unfortunately, too many young men are showing the same tendencies which, in men, are not only unnatural but also effeminate. One prefers not to contemplate the outcomes of these young people's lives. Hopefully the pendulum is close to the end of its arc.

Gabrielle said (September 4, 2010):

I'm not sure I necessarily believe that there are addictive substances in cosmetics. They are most often full of dangerous chemicals, but not psychotropic that I could see.

However, this article reminded me of a blog entry I wrote some time back. I may have even sent it to you before! I think women are addicted to make-up because they fear anyone seeing them 'naked'.

Most women that I know who MUST wear make-up seem to think that they aren't dressed without it, and society pushes that notion very hard. You can't go to a job interview without wearing makeup (usually) because they dismiss you as not 'taking it seriously'. Here is my original post if you'd like to look at it. Thanks!

Ren said (September 4, 2010):

I live with a woman and when we go out she knows that when she wears smellies, I refuse to go. I hate having my dinner spoiled with the smell of a perfume that strong that it interferes with your food.

When you walk in any town, women walk past showering you with perfume that lingers
on in your nose and always wonder if they do that to evade men! I would not touch them
with a bargepole!

I note with amazement the strenuous efforts of the cosmetic industry to entice men to wear
deodorants (shown famous sport stars spraying clouds of stuff)

What real man will use it especially if he want to attract a female ( preferably a natural
smelling one)! He would kill any natural attraction he has and thus would end up with the wrong female as is shown only too well by the number of divorces in todays world.

In the 50's divorce was hardly an issue. Commercialism and feminism have broken any
possibility of permanence because of straight out cheating!

So get back to mother nature and throw away all crap used to deceive.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at