|makeup lineup, originally uploaded by carinasuyin.|
- First and foremost, I cannot stand the idea that women wear makeup solely for the pleasure of men or think only in terms of what men will find attractive. Not only does this poignantly ignore the large portion of people who don't want to attract men (people in relationships, straight men, and gay women are a few examples), but it also disregards the makeup wearer's wants and intentions. Maybe I want to look like a clown. Maybe "pasty" is my normal skin tone. What's wrong with that?
- A lot of the "tips" women are given emphasize the importance of looking "natural" while wearing makeup. This pisses me off to no end. Not only does it put "naturally" beautiful people in some upper echelon of acceptance, but it also implies that people who wear makeup are artificial in some way. This is just bullshit. Makeup can be a statement to the world or just a way to cover up an uneven skin tone and to say only some makeup, the "natural" looking kind, is acceptable is just another form of body policing. Makeup is simultaneously seen as a requirement for femininity and yet the women who wear makeup are also often considered less feminine because of the perceived artificiality of makeup.
- Makeup is often associated with insecurity and I don't think most people who wear makeup feel this way. While I do think there's a conversation to be had about the way women are told they should wear makeup in order to fix their "flaws" or avoid looking any day over 25 (cause there's nothing worse then an old woman), assuming all people wear makeup for the same reason is silly and presumptuous. I wear makeup because I enjoy painting on my face. It has nothing to do with me being uncomfortable with my crooked teeth.
- I've found these conversation usually revolve around men telling women what is or isn't acceptable in terms of makeup. Not only it that ridiculous, but most men have no clue what makeup a person is or isn't wearing. I've had many guys point out "natural" looking women who were actually wearing more makeup than I was. It was just done in a more subtle way then the bright ass pink or green eyeshadow I tend to wear. No one person's personal preference should dictate how other people behave.