Throughout history, women have been conditioned to focus on their appearance. So much so that some women today still spend hours trying to look “beautiful.”
Many of us choose to go to great lengths to achieve this goal by spending hundreds of dollars on makeup and other products or causing ourselves physical pain (we’re looking at you high heels).
And even then, sometimes things just don’t go the way we planned them to. Conforming to societal standards for female beauty is no easy task for a woman. However, many women do it anyways.
Afterall, we are the alleged “fairer sex” and sometimes it’s nice to play to part.
Next time you see a woman in all of her exquisite glory, you’ll know what she’s put herself through after checking out these photos by illustrator Anna Syrovatkina.
1) The Evolving (or Devolving) Woman
The expectation for women to take on societal standards of beauty has changed quite a bit over the years. Why young teens were once allowed to enjoy their awkward adolescent years, nowadays most 14-years-olds look like 18-years-olds and model their appearance after celebrities like the Kardashians.
2) When Your Lips Are the Equivalent of Fly Tape
When one wears lipgloss, their lips are likened to fly tape as everything and anything is liable to stick to them. If it’s a windy day… you’re SOL. Be prepared to eat your hair.
3) When You Become a Paint Pallet
The products we use to achieve our looks can often be deceiving. The color on the outside or the bottom of that tube of lipstick or nail polish is seldom the color it actually is when you wear it. To be sure, women will mark themselves up like an artist’s paint pallet to see what they’re up against.
4) The Illusion of the Tutorial
The internet is filled with all types of tutorials for the perfect hair or perfect makeup application. The models shown in these tutorials come out looking flawless, but when we try them on ourselves… well, not so much.
5) The High Heel Saboteur
Some women enjoy or, per dress code, are expected to walk around on stilts every day better known as high heels. One thing that derails a woman’s stride is the dreaded street grate. These things have holes that let your high heel slip through perfectly.
6) Clown Face
Often times women will want to emulate different makeup techniques like contouring, the smokey eye, or making their features pop with some highlighter. Sometimes we end up giving ourselves “clown face” in the process.
7) Feet Torture Devices
Though high heels may give us a sexy, tall and slender appearance, they are torture devices that can rip our feet up and give us cuts and callouses.
8) Brush That Bush
If you’re a girl with thick hair, trying to run a brush through it can be like trying to come through a bush. You can even lose things up in there.
9) Boob Torture Device
Women also wear torture devices on their chest that forces them to distribute the weight of their breasts onto their upper back in an unnatural fashion, while also restricting one’s breathing.