You wake up, put makeup on

from J. Cole (Ft. TLC) – Crooked Smile Lyrics on Rap Genius


Some girls go to a lot of trouble applying makeup as soon as they wake up. Often, girls will wake up hours earlier than they normally would (sacrificing sleep), just to make time for it.

In this case, J is implying that the makeup is being used to cover up what lies beneath; feeling inadequate.

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