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Is there any woman alive who, when applying mascara, does NOT open her mouth?

Why do we do this?

Try it yourself.  You go close to the mirror (well, I have to get close since I wear glasses and can't see anything six inches beyond my nose), raise your eyebrows, and open your mouth.

Raising the eyebrows does serve a purpose, it gets your brow out of the way of the mascara wand.  But, opening the mouth doesn't change anything regarding the angle or length of the upper lashes, and it actually pulls the lower lashes down towards the skin under the eye.  And then you can't apply anything to the lowers until you close your mouth.  

So, in conclusion, close your mouth, you'll catch flies. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.




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Feb. 24th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I don't know about the nerve stuff, since I can raise my eyebrows (or one eyebrow if I'm pretending to be Mr. Spock) and not cause my mouth to open. It helps if my mouth is full of chocolate, by the way.
Anywho, where does this involuntary action come from? Is it instinct? (Like when squirrels gather nuts for the winter.) Do our mom's teach it to us? (Mine didn't.) Do we follow the crowd when we see popular girls putting on makeup in the high school bathroom? (I don't think I ever went into a bathroom in high school - too dangerous. You'd pass out from the smoke.)
I don't know, but I think the government needs to spend some of that bailout money on an official study. hahaha.

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Feb. 25th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Hey, it's no less logical than that gov't study about cow farts a few years ago.
On a side note to the above study, did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency is considering charging farmers a fee of $175 per cow because the gas they emit is polluting the environment? We belong to the Farm Bureau and they gave us the heads-up. Can you imagine how expensive it could be for a farmer who owns like, 200 cows?

Feb. 24th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I always thought it was because you start to concentrate on the mascara and not poking your eye out thing, and so your mouth just relaxes and eventually drops open. Like staring in wonder at something, only without the wonder.

Not sure if it happens all the time though.
Feb. 25th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Hmm, possible, but my mouth is open before I start applying. I think if/when you tilt your head back a bit, it pulls on the neck muscles and if you are relaxed like you said, it opens the mouth.

Feb. 25th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Point. Not that I'd know anything for sure though ^_^ I don't use mascara (srsly, hand eye coordination not the best. I'm safer without it)
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
OMG it's the professor... RUN!!!
I think it is a body reaction that has several reasons.
Try it slow:

1. If you try to reach your eyes, you lift your head to better see. (*) That tightens the muscles at your throat and neck (that part, that leads to the chest) and along your jaw.
Opening the mouth loosens this tension and it allows you to breathe easier, because even with your throat tighter than usual, you get more air through your mouth than through your nose.

2. To rise your eyebrowes, you usebeside the obvious muscles a particular set of muscles somewhere between sheek and jaw, too. ( I don't know where cheeks end and jaw begins in English.)
If you open your mouth, you begin to use another set of muscles to lift your eyebrowes, too, near the ear. Try it, perhaps you can feel it.
The strain of the muscles between cheek and jaw lessens and the motion becomes easier and feels less strange and more natural.

At least that is what I noticed here, right in front of my laptop. ^^"
Tell me, if it's BS.
Sometimes my little professor decides it's time to show it's head.

Have fun ^^

(*)If anyone is interested THAT is the point where my English is failing me and I'm beginning to work with horrible explanations. I hope you understand me.
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG it's the professor... RUN!!!
Ha, I'm reading the beginning of your comment and I could picture you standing in front of the bathroom mirror for, like, 10 minutes, trying this out and forming your hypothesis. Your mom comes along and sees you, stops and shakes her head. This is just another weird thing in a series of weird things you have been doing since you got involved in tformers! Your mom shakes her fist at the sky shouting "Curse you TFormers! Release my daughter from this strange obsession!" ...haha...er, sorry, off topic.

OK. I can pretty much agree with #1, except if you breathe through your mouth, you fog up the mirror. Remember, my nose is almost touching the mirror since I can't see.
And #2 seems to work as you say, forehead muscles also pull the muscles on the side of the jaw, which can be released by opening the mouth.

So your professor brain gathered info, wrote the thesis and published it in LiveJournal. Congratulations! Here, let me give you a BS degree! (Bachelor of Science!) [What did you think I meant? I don't know what college degrees you get in Germany, but I have a BS.]

Gee, we just saved the government $368 billion dollars in analyzing this important beauty fact!

I am reminded of an old poster, 'beautiful things are seldom easy.'
[Oh, and you made perfect sense to me, but I am used to how you write!]
Feb. 26th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG it's the professor... RUN!!!
BS I know as Bull Shit, even if I had to search some time for the explanation of this little short thing. ^^"

We have a Bachelor system too, since two years or something like that. Everybody here hates it and the number of people that fail at the university, go before they pass or need psychological help has increased drastically.

Well, good you could understand it (Even if I don't know if I should be depressed by your last comment ;-P)
Feb. 26th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG it's the professor... RUN!!!
Hey, don't be depressed! You should know by now I think your command of English is awesome.

Ouyay eakspay Englishway uchmay etterbay anthay Iway ouldcay
everway opehay otay eakspay Ermangay.

Did I ever mention I'm very fluent in pig-latin? Have I confused you totally? Here's the translator!

And I figured you knew BS also meant Bull Shit. BTW, 2 year degrees over here are usually called Associates degrees.

Feb. 26th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG it's the professor... RUN!!!
You know, we have several version of this pig-latin on German, too.
I know only one.

It goes like that: After each vocal you put a b and the vocal again. You go silly if you try to speak like this.

BTW I hae a question for you.
Do you know the title of a story in which Screamer messes up a mission, is booted out of the Decepticon army and goes through the Space Bridge trying to gain the Energon back they lost through him? He is abducted by an old mech, the last survivor of the wars before the Golden Age, and has to survive some sort of competition against him. Skywarp and TC follow Screamer by Megatron'r order and in the end Screamer not only defeats the old mech but is the hero of the day because of all the energon he found.

I thought I had it in my favourites, but apparently I was wrong and now I can't find it anymore T_T.
Feb. 27th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
That story doesn't ring a bell with me. I don't think I ever read it. Either do a character search on fanfiction to look for it, or ask the members of seekerslove if they recognize it. Sorry.
Let me know if you find it.

Feb. 27th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: story
I'm already searching.
It wasn't even all that long, only three to five chapters.
I just hope it wasn't deleted or something like that.

I could look at Seekerslove, THX for the advise.

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