I rather enjoy farding personally.
My farding time in the bathroom, or while I am waiting at a stop light refreshes me and helps make me feel ready to take on life.
It is hard to image, but back in the 1700's women would invite their friends to come watch them as they would fard before going out.
Personally, I think that was a rather strange way to entertain...but who knows what they would of thought of our entertainment: going into dark rooms with bags of hot popped corn where nary a word is said, all eyes glued to bigger than life strangers doing strange things.
Speaking of strange things...I just finished watching a new beauty technique: Eyelash perming.
A small bendable rod about the size of a lollipop stick is stuck to the eyelids just above the eye lashes. The top of the rod then has a sticky substance applied, and one by one each eyelash is stuck to the rod.
Next a perming solution is brushed on. The solution smells just as you probably remember a perming solution smelling. (Admit it...you've had a perm at least once in your life. Wonder if they will ever make a come back? Probably; after all, wall paper is now the newest hot trend and that is something I thought would never be considered as a decorating element again.)
Awhile later the lashes are rinsed and release, now curling upwardly in a permanent graceful arch. So long eyelash crimper...hello one less step each morning on the pathway to beauty.
As Dolly Parton's character observed in the movie Steel Magnolias: "There is no such thing as natural beauty".
After a certain age, no truer observation can be made.
Eyelash perms will be offered at our school's clinic in six weeks. I plan to be first in line. I'm not sure how it will be to have eyelashes that have that distinctive rotten egg scent for awhile, but I am going to give it a whirl. Dye my lashes, then curl them. Perfect.
I think I'm going to love not having to mess with my eyelashes while I am farding in the morning.
*Fard: To paint the face with cosmetics.
(Thanks to RL for bringing this particular word to my attention!)