This Is The Makeup Iranian Women Carry In Their Makeup Bags

"It is very much related to their personality."

The Hijab, a scarf or veil covering the head and chest often worn by Islamic women, became compulsory in Iran in 1979, after the Islamic revolution.

"Since then, women, and especially girls, gradually started to care about their appearance more considering their new look," Mona Hoobehfekr, an Iranian photographer, explains on Lens Culture. 

For her latest project, titled "Iranian Makeup," Hoobehfekr decided to snap photos of Iranian women, all between the ages of  14 and 30, along with their makeup bags, offering an intimate look into their lives.

"Makeup bag is always with women and I believe that it is very much related to their personality," Hoobehfekr told A Plus in an email. "Since women have to wear scarf and their makeup is usually in harmony with their scarf, a portrait of every single subject as well as a picture of their makeup bag put on the scarf were taken and put together."

Scroll down to see for yourself.


Zahra Sadat Hosseini (Sara), 22.

"She started makeup at 16. Sara feels self-importance by wearing makeup and it gives her a good feeling. Sara refers to heavy makeup among Iranian women as a compensatory factor for their low self-confidence and self-acceptance."

Maryam Yousefi, 29.

"Maryam wears makeup 2-3 times a day. She started it at the age of 15 and spends around $60 a month. She racily notes that she looks into the mirror a few times a day, especially her car's."

Hanieh Ghahremani,19.

"Hanieh says that she learnt embellishment through satellite programs when she was 9. She believes that makeup makes a girl more attractive for men. She changes all her makeup ware every 3-4 months. She believes heavy makeup is due to hijab, since it prevents women from showing their body, and thus extra efforts are made to make the face more attractive by wearing makeup."

Delaram Abbasi,15.

"Wearing makeup since she was 13. Delaram's mom bought her a lipstick for her for the first time. Her most frequently bought makeup ware she buys every two months is pancake."

Alia Zand, 23.

"She is wearing makeup since she was 16 and spends 50 dollars monthly. However, she is unemployed and used to make $350 a month. Alia says original brands cannot be easily found in Iran."

Reyhaneh Ghahremani, 21.

"She started makeup at the age of 15 and spends $35 on toiletries, esp. eye liner and mascara every two months. She has no preference over a specific brand and it only should suit her. Reyhaneh wears makeup at home and this shows here interest."

Zahra Malekshahi, 22.

"She started makeup at 18 and usually does not carry many toiletries with her, though a few items are with her most of the time. She thinks that the reason for excessive use of makeup ware in Iran is Hijab and type of women's dressing in Iran."

Maliheh Motaji, 28.

"She refreshes her makeup twice a day and spends $60 a month on toiletries. She has no restrictions in buying makeup ware. Maliheh does not wear makeup only if she is short of time or goes out for exercise. She believes that makeup has become so routine in the society that not wearing it is questionable." 

Parnaz Jamali, 22.

"She became interested in make up by seeing girls in the family wearing makeup when she was 13. She rarely shops for toiletries and lipstick is her favorite. Her monthly salary is $200 and $25 is spent on toiletries every two months. Parnaz looks into the mirror frequently and checks herself in front of every mirror or reflex window."

(H/T: Lens Culture)

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