Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR'S LETTER - Linda Ma­her

For my birth­day this year I went on a long week­end to Lan­zarote with my cousin and our part­ners. The morn­ing of my birth­day I was a bit worse for wear and when I fi­nally got up they had a bot­tle of cham­pagne, cards and presents wait­ing for me. They also had a cake with can­dles lit and in­sisted I pose for a photo with it. ‘Hold on!’ I shouted. ‘I haven’t got my brows on.’ I ran back into the bed­room and quickly ap­plied my eye­brows be­fore smil­ing for a pic­ture I knew would be go­ing on so­cial me­dia. I don’t wear a lot of make-up but I cer­tainly couldn’t go with­out com­pletely like co­me­dian Vikki Stone, who we meet on page 36. She had worn quite heavy make-up for years, us­ing it as a kind of shield, be­fore de­cid­ing she didn’t need it any more. Brave move. Male groom­ing is on the rise but make-up is still very much fe­male ter­ri­tory and I for one have al­ways been grate­ful for it. I started to wear it quite early in my teens and I can’t even imag­ine be­ing with­out it now. The cousin who I was away with very rarely wears make-up and now if I see her with a full face of it, it looks weird to me – as I’m sure it would look to her if I turned up bare-faced. Ap­pear­ance stan­dards for women are very dif­fer­ent to those for men and I never feel fully ‘ready’ to go any­where with­out a flick of con­cealer, foun­da­tion, bronz­ing pow­der, blush, mas­cara, lip­stick and, of course, those all-im­por­tant brows. It’s only when I write it down here that I re­alise it sounds like quite a lot, but trust me, when you see the amount of beauty prod­ucts cross your desk that I do, you’ll know that it’s not much at all. Sure I’m prac­ti­cally bare-faced. Prac­ti­cally, not ac­tu­ally. Now, pass the lip gloss.

On page 26, crime writer So­phie Han­nah tells us why hold­ing grudges can ac­tu­ally be good for you. I’ve never been one to let slights or be­tray­als af­fect me, I brush them off and move on – how­ever, peo­ple some­times prey on that qual­ity and take ad­van­tage of it. Maybe I should start hold­ing on to the anger a lit­tle – es­pe­cially as it sounds so ben­e­fi­cial.

En­joy the is­sue!


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