Fascinating (And Sometimes Heartbreaking) Facts About Makeup In Prison

In 2013, Netflix released the original series Orange is the New Black. If you've seen the show, based on Piper Kerman's 2010 memoir of the same name, you might think you know a thing or two about prison makeup and crazy prison stories. Drawing on eyeliner with a Sharpie isn’t exactly as fun as OITNB would have you believe, according to real-life convicts. Many former female cons are coming forward about the reality of their penitentiary beauty routines.

While prisoners who wear makeup must get creative to come up with a lot of DIY alternatives to their usual beauty products, they don't always use safe or easy practices. For some inmates, feeling feminine and taking pride in one's appearance is worth the risk of wearing contraband prison makeup.