It’s no secret that women are under a lot of pressure to look their best every day. Don’t get me wrong, men are, too. But as a woman, I see and feel the pressure much more than I see the pressure on men, so it seems more appropriate for me to discuss the former.
One big culprit of this pressure is makeup. It helps cover up flaws, accentuate strengths, and all-around look like different people. Some argue that this causes more pressure on women to look their best. They say that we should boycott makeup and rock the natural look, embracing our bodies as they are.
Here’s my issue with that point: it’s all-encompassing. They’re trying to create a new standard of beauty, but at the same time they’re alienating the people who genuinely enjoy wearing makeup.
Here’s the thing, though: we shouldn’t care. We need to wear makeup because we want to, not because men want us to. And if you don’t want to wear makeup? Also a great option! As long as it’s because you don’t want to, not because a man doesn’t want you to.
There are days I want to wear lots of makeup. Sure, sometimes it’s to hide a stray pimple, but that’s because I’m human. I’ve got an obscene amount of lipstick, and I enjoy rocking pretty much any shade. I keep my eye makeup pretty toned down: just eyeliner and mascara. Sometimes one or the other.
That’s my personal preference. I don’t hate on other women who choose to wear more makeup than me. If they have the patience for it, great! I just prefer to spend that extra time sleeping.
Other days, I don’t wear any makeup. I don’t mean to say I don’t wear makeup on days where I’m feeling good about my skin or anything. There are plenty of days when I’ve got a big pimple in the middle of my forehead, but I don’t really feel like covering it up. (It’s probably because I’m too tired and want to spend that extra time sleeping.)
Again, no shade on anyone who painstakingly covers up all of their blemishes each and every day. If you want to do it, go for it! Just don’t let it take over your life.
I’m over all of this girl-on-girl hate. “She’s wearing too much makeup.” “She doesn’t ever wear makeup.” “She’d be so much prettier if she just wore a little makeup.” “You look so pretty when you’re all done up like this, you should do it more often.” Why does it matter to you? It’s her choice, so respect it.
I’ve got friends who wear a ton of makeup every day, and I’ve got friends who choose not to wear makeup. I have no problem with either choice, because it’s none of my business.
Do you wear makeup? Why or why not? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!