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Glitter on Your Face: Mania and Makeup Like A Clockwork Orange

glitterSome of us cake makeup on while others of us go natural.  Whatever floats your boat, right?

However, there are signs of mania that can physically manifest itself on your face.  This allows us to track our moods, and know when a manic episode might be present. Let’s take makeup for example.  Bold eye shadow, saucy lipstick, different shades of mascara, all play a role in mania if your usual look is tone down.  Clothes too can underscore your mood.  Bright colors, eccentric hats, bold accessories, and excessive jewelry, all point to your mood as well. When you look good, you feel good, and when you step outside of your normal look, you might just be experiencing some mania.  Think about the last time a manic episode occurred in your life and how it affected your appearance.  It is a great way to understand your mood disorder and utilize such signs to manage your mood.

It’s cool to be flamboyant, or overdue your look, but it’s important to learn how your appearance can underscore your state of mind, and better understand your mania.


I put mascara on

I open the eye shadow chest

Eyes open to all

The colors

Sitting in padded pads.

As my eye scratches the palate of colors

I pick up my brush

And tantalize its course

Waving above the colors

Sparking in the seams.


I dip


And I dab my eyes

On the tip of my lids

To grab access sparkly dash shadow

On the page

Of my face.


And wonder if my eyelashes are worse than they were

Then when I put the mascara

On the lash

That already had day mascara

That did not want

To be interrupted. 

Yet.  But.  Besides. 

I reapplied.


And now I look like a clockwork orange

All over my drip drop


Of the lash.

Woman with glitter makeup image available from Shutterstock.

Glitter on Your Face: Mania and Makeup Like A Clockwork Orange

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2013). Glitter on Your Face: Mania and Makeup Like A Clockwork Orange. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2019, from


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