The other day I was reading over my newest book and realized my contemporary heroine who’s all woman mentioned something about makeup only once. That got me to thinking how in books that I read (not chick lit) rarely do the women wonder how their makeup looks or worry about it wearing off during a date, having torrid love affair or saving the world. I don’t know about you, but no way would I ever let a man who I haven’t been married to for at least a year or more see me without some makeup. How often have we read a contemporary novel and the hero say something about her having a “natural” look? In other words, no makeup. Yes, I know most of the heroines are in their twenties, but I can promise you even with the beautiful skin I had at the time, I wore at least blush and mascara.
Then let’s talk about heroines enhancing their attributes. Women love to highlight, bleach, or color their hair and men notice. They like those extra miles we go through to look better. Sure they’ll tease you about hiding the gray, but they’ll look long and hard at the blonde with the oversized plastic boobs. Do you really believe them when they say, “Honey, I rather have the real thing in my bed”? Right. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. More and more women are coloring their hair and having breast enlargements because it makes them feel better about their body and the men don’t complain. None that I know of, that is. So instead of just having spies change hair color when they’re undercover, include the woman who works in the office and falls in love with her boss or manages the ranch and goes into town to meet her sweetie. Hey, she can have a boob job too.
Okay, there are some aspects of what humans do that I prefer not reading about especially if it has to do with the bathroom. Yeah, there will be times in comedies it can be used, but the only scenes I’m interested in that include a bathroom are when they’re sharing a shower/bath, using the room/countertop for privacy to satisfy their unexpected heat during a party, or by showing tenderness as they tend to cuts and bruises.
Well, anyway, these things make me think of ways to make my heroine more believable, real. I already pointed out flaws such as her face being a little long (THE PREACHER’S SON) or her hips being a little wide (A SHERIFF TO CALL HER OWN) or her “defect” being hidden with makeup and a sexy gown (OUT OF THE SHADOWS). Yet each hero knows in his eyes, no matter her faults, she’s beautiful.
What do you like to add to make it real?