You’ve most likely heard them before—the inconsistencies and hypocrisies over wearing makeup. If you wear too much, you’re criticized for ‘painting’ your face, looking ‘slutty’, or even being unattractive. You must be, right? After all, look at all the makeup you have to wear in order to look decent! Then, of course, you have the people who criticize those who don’t wear makeup. Why? Because not wearing makeup has somehow become a sign of not caring about ourselves, of not wanting to look good, or of being lazy. So really, we can’t win either way. Women are either obsessed with their looks because they wear makeup, or don’t care about physical appearance because they don’t wear enough makeup, or any at all.
The truth of the matter is, that the reason for women choosing to wear makeup or not has much more to do with preference than anything else. Take myself, for example. I’ve just never really been into the whole makeup thing. Sure, when I was younger, I played around with eyeshadow a little, but I’ve mostly stuck with lip gloss and I don’t even wear lip gloss all that often. I don’t choose to go makeup-free because I think I’m so pretty that I don’t need it, nor do I forgo wearing makeup because I don’t care about how I look. It’s not because I’m too lazy, either. I simply don’t care for it—in fact, one of my friends in high school did my makeup once and right when I came home, I took it off. I just didn’t feel like myself. That’s all there was to it.
I personally think that the whole act of judging someone based on whether or not they wear makeup is ridiculous. When I see someone wearing makeup, do you know what I think? I think ‘oh, they must like wearing makeup’. When I see someone not wearing it? I figure they simply don’t like wearing it. The world is already filled with judgment, let’s not add to it by deciding how someone must feel about themselves based on how they apply or don’t apply makeup.
Author: B.W. Ginsburg
Author Bio: B.W. Ginsburg has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. Ginsburg published her first book, Rest in Piece, in October 2016. In addition to writing fiction, she also writes about mental health and can be found blogging, watching TV, and listening to music. B.W. Ginsburg graduated college with a B.A. in Arts and Sciences; she majored in English and minored in writing.
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