Makeup job on the Deceased

@Jshean20 (14367)
Canada
December 12, 2006 11:55pm CST
Have you ever been to a funeral where the deceased didn't even look like themselves because of all the makeup? I often wonder why they cannot do a better job on the makeup, or if that's the best they can do to make them look "good"? I know that in some cases they have to plaster on the makeup because of the circumstances, but what about the people that die of natural causes? Can't they make them look a little more like themselves? What do you guys think?
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18 responses
• United States
14 Dec 06
I think we all have...simply because most of us don't always wear makeup. Males especially! I do think the people who prepare our loved ones for our viewing do the very best they can. Unresponsive skin, unnatural lighting both are factors that have their effect upon the results we see. Makeup can't match exact skin tones, and I would hazard a guess that the range in the make up available for this purpose doesn't have a great amount of range. Also like anything else, you get what you pay for. In ancient Egypt the bodies where prepared with expensive oils and fragrances. Today I don't think we'd expect to expend that much even on a loved one and most of us don't have nearly the resources to do so even if we did want to. It's a tough job and we should be grateful that there are those who are willing to do it with as much compassion as they do.
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@sac_d2000 (155)
• Finland
13 Dec 06
I would say only one thing.. Let the soul lie in peace.....amen
• United States
13 Dec 06
AMEN!
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
thank you
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
that is so funny, really. but i guess it has something to do with body chemistry or maybe it just proves that our soul is what makes us beautiful. with it gone, the body is nothing.
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
good point!
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
14 Dec 06
that is a good point
• United States
13 Dec 06
The makeup on the people I've cared about hasn't been that bad I have to say. I guess I'm lucky. That has to be a creepy job, mortician, I wouldn't want to do it! It would just creep me out!
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
thanks both of you
@gnt23tr (1015)
• United States
13 Dec 06
defenitely thats not the job i want to do,,
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
yea me neither
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Unfortunatly I have been to them. Maybe its because they didnt know them and know what they looked like when they were living. I know they give them pictures, but I still dont think that would help.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
thanks
@cvarvell (1116)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I often wondeered if they cared at all? just as long as they got there money
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
some probably do care while others don't.
@coolcager (496)
• Costa Rica
13 Dec 06
no, but is it good or not? hehe. but creepy isnt?
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
not sure what you mean, thanks for replying though
@Zhanec (1652)
• Malaysia
13 Dec 06
i nvr look at the decesed _, i'm too scared ..lol.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
I understand
• India
13 Dec 06
well this is a aukward situation to be in
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
thank you
@sexymuma (1261)
13 Dec 06
i prefer to remember people the way i last say them,
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
15 Dec 06
thank you
13 Dec 06
Remember that the makeup artist who does the job has not seem that person every day of their life like you have. You would notice if the person had something slightly different about them, but for someone who has to do makeup copying a picture it's very hard. The picture of the person could have been taken in strange lighting etc which would make it look slightly different. There is always the option for the family to do the makeup themselves but I wouldn't recommend this. MY cousin is an undertaker and said it's not pleasant.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I do agree that putting makeup on the deceased wouldn't be easy.
• United States
19 Dec 06
I'm not sure why they don't do it more real like either. The only thing I can think of is that the people who do the makeup part just basically use one or two colors, spread it on and go for it. I hate to say it but I think they just don't care. I personally prefer to have no open casket and, give all my organs to those that can use them and cremate me! lol
@scarymary (124)
• United States
19 Dec 06
It might also depend on the person working there, the resources avaliable to them, and their overall talent. I think it would probably also be helpful is the people doing it were given a photo for reference.
@annieroos (1846)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Make up is a nice thing to do sometimes, but sometimes its horrible cause sometimes they don't look like they looked like when they were alive.. When my Grandmother past away it was so sad.. cause she didn't look like herself at all..It was so hard.. She is so missed..
@JBD189 (346)
• India
14 Dec 06
Do they put makeup on a deceased. But, what for? That's a funny idea, though.
@vinod4net (628)
• India
13 Dec 06
ya you are true in putting out these disussion, i think for the persons who die naturally thre should not be any makeup at all, or it should be as simple as possible so that sanity could be preserved
@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
13 Dec 06
The viewing I've seen--just one--the makeup was fine but his lips had been sown together and you could see the strings where it was sown. I really didn't want that picture in my head, but it's there.