Stamp of Disapproval

File this one under ludicrous: You can now press on your very own fake-looking pout with this sponge applicator stamp, available in shapes like “Bowd
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File this one under ludicrous: You can now press on your very own fake-looking pout with this sponge applicator stamp, available in shapes like “Bowd
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File this one under ludicrous: You can now press on your very own fake-looking pout with this sponge applicator stamp, available in shapes like “Bowdacious” and “Pouty”. Pick your favorite lipstick, rub it onto the LipStamp sponge and then stamp it on your face. Sounds fun, right? It may have been years since you've seen anyone wear press-on anything, but believe it or not, it's kind of taking the beauty world by storm. Case in point (other than the LipStamp): This press-on smoky eye kit and these stencils meant to help you shape your eyebrows (or, look like Joan Crawford, whichever). But aren't these products contradictory to what beauty's really about? It took me a few unfortunate days in middle school to realize that ice blue eye shadow up to my brows was not a good look (I was known as the Blue Eyeshadow Girl for that one unfortunate year). But the point is, at least I tried out something new and gradually learned what looked good and what wasn't right for me. Experimenting with different shades, trying new techniques and just learning how to use makeup is one of the fun things about beauty. And if you're scared you're not applying your makeup the "right" way, books like Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces or Bobbie Brown's Makeup Manual can give some useful and creative information instead of rigidly dictating how something should look and telling women that there are only a few acceptable pre-ordained shapes for their lips or eyes. These mold and stamp products are just one more way to trick women into buying silly things they don't need or would ever conceivably be able to use under the facade of "easy" application. Color me not interested. --MEGAN MCINTYRE