When most foreigners come to Russia for the first time they are very impressed by the beauty of the average Russian girl on the street and her ability to look great. This beauty is everywhere. Russian girls come in all hues and shades and they know how to underline their specific charms. Their clothing styles are elegant and daring. Most Russian girls and women are gurus of makeup and each learns this art form in their teens. Even in the Soviet times by the time they had finished high school Russian girls had two treasures - American jeans and French mascara.
Make up is a necessary budget item for most Russian girls, especially lipstick and eyeliner. It is real magic when a Russian girl applies make up layer by layer, striving to enhance her naturally beautiful features. It usually takes more time than they can budget but to them it is worth it. If a Russian girl or woman goes out without make up she feels as if she is naked.
The average Russian girl must go to work, attend meetings, cook, do laundry, do the washing and clean house every day. And through all this, she wants to love and be loved. They want to love their children, parents and their beloved life partner. Such a work load can be very demanding. A long lasting inside battery of energy is required. Her hands are busy and she must be quick when she reaches for her cosmetic bag. Ten minutes, no more. Foundation, powder, brown mascara for eyelashes, lipstick, that is all, but what a psychological uplift. She is ready. A quick glance at the mirror, a smile and a Russian girl is a ready to start her day. She has a lot to do. Moscow "rules" demand that she wear heels and brand clothing not only to work but even to the bakery as well.
A Russian girl is constantly on the lookout for a good life partner candidate, because a Russian girl without a boyfriend or a husband is either a "divorcee" or a "spinster" and both are considered to be a "loser". To be sexy and even seductive is the challenge and the real essence of her life. Being outwardly hypersexual can protect a Russian girl or woman from unpleasant clashes on the street. Most boors and hooligans often give way to beauty.
Russia is a country with more rainy days than sunny days and cosmetics help to make life a little bit more exciting and brings more fun. On such a gray background a Russian girl strives to be bright, beautiful, unique and a challenge to everyone! And it is quite acceptable to attract men's attention. Mascara, eyeliner and a lip-gloss will for sure make any woman's purse lose weight, but Russian girls are addicted to cosmetics and it is almost impossible for them to stop using them. As the world renowned Russian writer Dostoevsky once said, "Beauty will save the world!" Russian girls with the assistance of cosmetics will try to do their part!
So why do girls everywhere use makeup? Is it a miscreant desire to deceive people around them about the length of their eyelashes or natural lip color? In most cases it is a quest for beauty. Using makeup a Russian girl can alter her mood. She does it for her own pleasure and to please others around her who also appreciate beauty. It is almost the same with perfume- because it simply smells good. Russian girls use perfumes to capture the hearts of their men! When a girl uses cosmetics she looks better and she also feels better. It is a wish to add a little bit more beauty to this world. It is a desire to ennoble reality. It is a kind of creativity, or possibly a yearning for perfection. And it can be turned into an art, a game or just plain fun.