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.
Prisoners Make Makeup With Whatever They Can Find
Only A Few Makeup Products Are Available At Commissary
Makeup Is A Symbol Of Self-Worth For Prisoners
Some Guards Choose Not To Punish Prisoners Who Break Certain Makeup Rules
Jails Are Not Designed With Women In Mind
Inmates Use Candy To Maintain Their Beauty Regimens