I think this might be weird, but I'm curious to know if anyone else thinks of makeup in this way, or in a similar way.
When I'm putting on my makeup, I can't help but think of Photoshop.
I use foundation in places to cover redder areas, as if I am cloning from better areas. I sometimes use powder, as if to add a slight Gaussian blur. When I use eyeliner, I imagine I am adjusting curves (contrast). And when I put on mascara, I see the effect of an unsharp mask on my eyes. Lipstick and blush are a final boost of saturation.
I hadn't previously consciously thought about it like this. I just realized one day that that's what I was doing.
And let me just just plug the best Gaussian blur ever: Oil of Olay Daily Regenerating Serum. (I once bought the Enhancing Lotion instead by mistake, but the regenerating serum is definitely better.)
(I was just thinking about this now, inspired by this post by anonymous rowhouse. I don't think that putting on makeup is a rite of purification for me as she says it is for her, but it is a rite and one I would not give up easily. I don't like people to see my rough edges, from the ruddiness of my skin to the messiness of my apartment to the errors in my academic work. I try to control what I can. Even if I expect to be home all day, I usually put on a touch of makeup. I'd like to say that I do it for myself, like justrose says, "to bring the face i see more in line with the put-together way i feel inside." But I think my reasons are more self-conscious. I want to bring the face I see more in line with the put-together way I want others to see me.)