“The origins of the word cosmetic go back to the Greek kosmetikós-relating to adornment. The verb kosmein means both to arrange and to adorn. Cosmetic, then, is derived from cosmos-something that was there to begin with but was there precisely to be put in order. A correlate to this order that precedes itself is the intimate self-identity that is the ultimate object of the gaze and that is, like the cosmos itself, already structured by a preceding adornment. The self, at its origin and centre, is cosmetic all the way down. The cosmetic gaze believes in the body as the cosmos, the original (holy and whole) place, and at the same time is the operative force in its construction as endless adornment.” 
 Bernadette Wegenstein, The Cosmetic Gaze, Body Modification and The Construction of Beauty, (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2012), 10.