Throughout my life, I’ve always loved makeup. I remember watching my mom put on liquid eyeliner and being amazed. I remember the thrill of having a dance recital and getting to wear glitter and mascara. I remember reading in magazines all of these fun makeup tips I couldn’t wait to try one day.
Finally, it was my turn to join the movement. When I was in the fifth grade, my mom handed me blue mascara and told me to have a blast. Then, I graduated to a light, shimmery eye shadow. Then black mascara. And then I found eyeliner. The rest is history.
Needless to say, I’ve always found it beautiful… any kind of makeup: stunning. Light makeup, dark makeup, pink makeup, blue makeup. I love to do my own makeup, and to do other people’s. And at the end of the day, I’m doing makeup for myself. Not for anyone else.
But evidently, between wearing a lot and experimenting makeup, with I’ve been ridiculed for it. Of course there were times I wore really heavy eyeliner, and there were times I didn’t know what I was doing, but either way how I painted my face in that moment made me happy. So why did people have to say things?
I’ve been called a raccoon countless times, and one time someone even called me a pirate (what does pirate makeup even look like)? I’ve also received countless comments along the lines of: 1.) “You don’t need all of that makeup.” 2.) “Your makeup is too dark.” 3.) “I don’t like girls who wear too much makeup.” and 4.) “No boy will ever date a girl that wears as much makeup as you.” Like, um. Okay?
The way anyone wears their makeup isn’t anybody else’s business. It’s like dyeing hair or waxing your eyebrows. People wear makeup because they want to, because it’s fun, because they feel confident and pretty. I know I wear makeup because I love putting it on and seeing the transformation and all of the fun things I can do. And I’m not doing it for anyone else other than myself.
People also used to say things like, “because you wear all that makeup you’re probably not a good person.” How does makeup dictate the quality of your personality? Even if I am wearing bright blue eyeshadow with sparkle purple fake eyelashes, that cannot make me a bad person. Why do people make these assumptions?
At the end of the day, I believe girls should be able to wear as much makeup as they want however they want without having to deal with other people’s comments. Girls should be able to express themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. Makeup does not dictate who a person is. Whether someone wears their makeup light or dark, they’re wearing something that makes them proud. Let them be proud.
SO. Ladies. The moral of the story is to not let anyone make you feel bad about yourself. If a boy says, “you’re too beautiful for all that makeup”, their opinion is invalid because if you feel beautiful with your makeup, wear as much as you want. Express yourself. Have fun with it. Go crazy. And don’t change yourself for anybody.
You should feel confident in anything you do. If you like to fill in your eyebrows, fill them in. If you like to wear foundation, wear foundation. If you prefer not wearing any makeup, then don’t wear any. This is something that girls should embrace; it shouldn’t be stressful, or opening them up for ridicule.