People who look down on girls for wearing “too much makeup” or remark about how much they like the “natural look” do not seem to know much about it at all and should not vocalize their comments.
As a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, I know quite a few things about makeup. One of which is that the “natural look” praised by so many tends to require as much makeup, if not more, than any other look. This is just one of the many makeup misnomers plaguing our society.
It is always nice to be complimented when not wearing makeup. However, some people need to realize statements about how women “do not need to wear makeup” are annoying, especially when spoken by a male. Makeup-wearers do not need to be liberated from their cosmetics—it is not a prison that deprives people of free will. People who wear makeup often use it because they enjoy it, not so they can be judged.
Most girls do not wear makeup to please men. It seems much of the male population does not seem to even notice those types of things. When getting dressed to go out, makeup application can be a soothing bonding experience for women and not a stressful attempt to secure a person’s attention. For many, applying makeup is more than an attempt to garner male attention.
Males who think makeup is dishonest or a mask should examine their own preferences more closely before making such statements. Makeup is a tool just like a hair straightener or push-up bra, and no one seems to decry girls for using those. Guys seem to have no problem dumping on girls for wearing too much makeup one minute and then turning around and drooling over a celebrity the next moment. Many do not even register the fact that most celebrities would not be caught dead without a face full of makeup.
Females who slam other women for wearing makeup are no better. Girls judging other women for wearing makeup only gives boys license to do the same. No one “needs” to wear makeup, they choose to. The implication that one girl is better than another girl simply because of the products she chooses to put on her face is outlandish and rude.
Makeup is all about enhancing beauty, but there is no amount of makeup that can fix an ugly personality. Makeup-wearers should not be made to feel shallow by rude individuals just because they feel fierce when wearing new mascara. If a simple pleasure such as a new haircut or lipstick improves confidence, students should embrace those things instead of tearing each other down.
The “Kim Kardashian complex” affects more males than people realize. The fact that many boys think she is literally not wearing any makeup should be indication enough that standards for makeup should not be influenced by males. If wearing a full face of makeup everyday is a person’s preferred beauty routine, students should encourage and support each other to continue to do so instead of passing judgment.