Makeup has been a significant part of my life since I was a girl. I remember begging my mom for nail polish, lipstick, and eye shadow for Christmas. My father became upset when she bought it for me saying I was too young and didn’t need it. At that time I don’t think I was conscious of the reasons women wore makeup, it was just something that was normal. Makeup accompanied me into my awkward teenaged years.
My insecurities had me feeling like I needed makeup to look good and to fit in. This feeling that makeup and thereby, others’ approval, was necessary followed me through my 20’s. At one point, I wouldn’t go to work or get coffee without makeup. As I’ve grown and worked on self-acceptance my relationship with makeup has changed. I feel more relaxed about wearing makeup. I no longer wear it daily and I don’t need it to feel attractive or confident. I admit some days it helps. I view makeup as an enjoyment more than before. I like using different colors and materials to change my look. I think makeup will always be a part of my life but the reasons it will be there are constantly evolving.
As a pre-teen I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to be older so that I could wear make-up and be “pretty”. Soon after being allowed to wear make-up, I realized that it was a bit more complicated than just putting on lipstick and dabbing on some eye-shadow to get the look I saw in the magazines.
I was terrified of concealer, not finding the right color and ending up looking painted on or unnatural. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve picked up some techniques that have really enhanced my natural beauty without looking overly done. I love to use makeup as a form of expression but it does not define me. With or without makeup I love the skin I’m in.
For me, makeup has never been a daily thing.
Makeup makes me feel very conspicuous. It makes me feel like I am someone slightly other than myself. Because of that, it doesn't feel connected to everyday me. Dont get me wrong, I adore an occasional good red lip as much as the next woman, but rather than makeup helping me feel like the best version of myself it makes me feel like I'm becoming something different. Maybe it is connected to the fact that I wear makeup when I perform or maybe it came before that.
When I was younger that conspicuous feeling was terrible. I didn't want to be “looked at” because I had a pretty low opinion of myself physically. And of course in youth no one else does much to counter that.
In the last few years I’ve finally started to like myself more and more. I have heard people say that's one of the perks of your 30s and so far it's going great. My use of makeup hasn't really changed but now its more because I like being seen as I am and less because I'm afraid of being seen at all.
I used to wear make up to hide. Hide not only the blemishes of the physical but the imperfections of my real self. As I evolved in the confidence of being myself, I wore make up less. Now when I do wear make up, it is as an enhancement and with that I have learned less is always more.
I view makeup as an accessory. I use it to have fun and feel pretty and girly. I love how I can change up my makeup look just like I can change my nail color, shoes, jewelry, or purses to match my outfit or mood.
I tend to use makeup on special occasions like when I go to dinner, an event, or when I'm out for a night on the town. I don't usually wear makeup on a daily basis, like when I run errands or go to work. Even though it is fun to wear and I feel pretty/sexy with it on, nothing beats the feeling of having a fresh face and still feeling confident and beautiful. There are times when I wish that I was more skilled at applying makeup so that I would be able to change up my look and have more fun when putting makeup on. I also wish that I took the time in the morning to put more effort into wearing makeup each day. Women in the workforce are judged based on their appearance, not just on their work/work ethic.
My biggest concern with not wearing makeup everyday (especially to work) is that I am inadvertently hurting my career. I hope that a day will come where women can choose to wear makeup, or not wear makeup, if they want to without pressure from society to conform to a certain standard of beauty.
For me, make-up is that feeling of putting on your war paint and getting ready to take on the day. I don't enjoy comments like "You wear too much make-up" or "You would look better without make-up." What does that even mean, and who are you to say that to me?
I find most people lovely with or without make-up, but whether or not they wear make-up is their decision. I think it was Sylvia Plath who said it best: "Let me live, love, and smile in MAC Prince Noir."
To me, there's a lot I unpack when it comes to makeup. Why do we wear it and what do we get out of it? What's the history of it? How much are we willing to spend? What exactly is in our makeup and do we care? What about that packaging? Recycling? Why don't more companies provide recycling options? Why on earth are there still microbeads in products? How safe is the makeup we wear? How does it affect our health? These are all questions that matter to me.
In the last few years it occurred to me that I'm more familiar with myself wearing makeup than without it. I feel like I'm not fully dressed without it and on one hand I'm fine with that, but on the other, I decided to become more familiar with my face without foundation, without mascara. I didn't want that image to be a stranger.
But I love makeup. I love the colors, the way it can play with the light, and hell the right eyeliner color and blush is the zig to my zag (groan alert!). I love makeup as a way to enhance and reflect my personality, but after traumatic acne as a teenager I'm highly attuned (obsessed?) with skin health. Blueberries, turmeric, miso, avocados, sardines. Exercise. Sleep. I have to nourish myself from the inside out because if I'm not doing that I've learned that my makeup isn't going to do a damn thing.
I remember once I reached the intermediate Ballet level there was a requirement to wear makeup. I showed up to ballet without any make up on and my teacher pulled me aside and said "don't ever show up without mascara and lip gloss on to my class again" and that's when I started wearing make up.
Since then just about everyday I've done my make before class. I don't have anything against make up, I've actually found that makeup sometimes helps me feel better and unstoppable in dance class.
"Makeup has always being a part of my life since I was a little girl; I remember sneaking into my sister’s room to play with her lipsticks as well as her blush, however as a little girl I didn’t really understand the meaning of make-up. One of the things that made me looked at makeup differently was a conversation that I had with my dad when I was a teenager; he asked me why do you wear that stuff? And like a good teenager I said I don’t know I like to wear it. His replied to me was, do you realize makeup it’s just a trucco (which means trick/makeup in Italian), and it should only be used to enhance your natural beauty not to cover it. From that moment I decided to only wear makeup on special occasions or on a day that I need a little extra pick me up."
I used to wear makeup and wanted to look like the celebrities you see on TV. After applying the foundation and everything else I noticed that I was hiding my true beauty. It got to a point where my face was breaking out because of the makeup that I was wearing. That's why I don’t wear makeup
I never used to use a lot of make up growing up and even into my 20's. Now at 33, I've learned to appreciate the way makeup has the ability to enhance beauty and provide that extra boost of confidence for people. I've also learned that nothing shines better on you than your inner beauty, not even the most expensive highlighter. So I've learned and continued to learn to love myself; every flaw, every blemish, and every freckle. You have to own who you are, the universe's miracle creation.
Makeup is an accessory that everyone (women/men) wears to either hide their flaws or enhance their beauty. Every individual is beautiful in their own way with or without makeup. Makeup is a work of art and a fun hobby to people.
I do not wear makeup on a daily basis and would only wear it to special occasions or whenever I feel the need to. I think putting on make up is a hassle to me because either it takes too much time or I can never get that perfect eyebrows shape or eyeliner to match.
As a little girl, I've always loved makeup. To watch my mom apply it every day and want some of her lipstick or eyeshadow. Makeup can enhance beauty or cover up scars, but it's nothing like having a natural glowing face! I love makeup, but also love being natural.
The few times I have had my makeup done by a makeup artist, I have felt incredibly confident. I have great respect for the artistry. However, I go about most of my days with very little makeup. For most work days my routine involves moisturizing, a dab of foundation, eyeliner, blush, and lip balm. To give credit where credit is due, half of the makeup products I own are things my mother buys for me or I ‘borrow’ from her when I need it. My mother’s signature look is a bright red lipstick paired with striking mascara. And, here is her daughter who owns a single lipstick at a time.
At this point in my journey, I am happy to confidently walk the world with a bare face—with moisturizer, of course! Whenever I feel like wearing makeup, I embrace my desire. The beauty of makeup is to enjoy it when your soul feels like it, not when others want you to.
Glennys E. Sanchez
President, Bread and Roses Heritage Committee
I used to sneak and wear make up, when I was younger, like 5th grade, but I always got caught. My mom knew even if it were the smallest amount. It wasn'tuntil I was older when I realized that every once of makeup I wore, I was altering every trait, every once of confidence and every bit of strength that was hereditarily given to me. Now, I think about what beauty means to me. To me beauty is strength and confidence and I could never find that within any makeup.
Beauty, my natural beauty tells my story. It's describes my mom's nose and my dad's eyes, my grandmothers smile and cheek bones, my aunts' forehead. My natural beauty connects me to my family and makes up every cell in my body. When I don't wear makeup I proudly walk with my history, their history and I wear my story, I wear my beauty.
One of my first jobs during college was as a make-up artist in Macy's. I remember filling out the job application and making sure I didn't miss any details that would hinder me from getting the position. I wanted to work with make-up so badly because, in my mind, it gave me access to a different, new world. A world of colorful rainbows and infinite combinations to transform myself and others. I always thought I was good handling make-up and each time I would beautify my friends, they would come back asking for more. However, while working at Macy's as a make-up artist, I started seeing make-up from a different perspective. Women, lots of women, would talk to me while I was beautifying their faces, each one of them having her own, personal reason to spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products.
I heard stories about women who found make-up as their last resort for their husbands to fall in love with them again, women who covered their puffy eyes behind concealer, women who hid their pain behind foundation, women who used make-up to freeze time, women who "never wear make-up, except for eyeliner", women who wanted to "look amazing on their big day." Some of them loved it, some of them hated it. All of them came back. Make-up was a friend and an enemy, hiding in their purses, pockets, work drawers etc. It was always there.
It's been quite some times since my college years and I, now, wear make-up less than ever. Soon after that job, I realized that being a make-up artist wasn't the right career choice for me since one of the job requirements is to wear make-up.....daily....lots of it....daily....
I prefer to see make-up as a last resort, kinda like those really high heels that I bought a long time ago but I have only worn twice....they're both sitting in boxes.
P.S: I don't want to go on a preachy mode and tell women that "you are beautiful as you are." If make-up is your thing go for it. If make-up isn't, then go for that too. As long as you are comfortable in your own skin, nothing else matters.
I have a clear vision in my head of my mom rushing me and my sisters to school or rushing to work and putting on her makeup at stoplights. She’s always had the most beautiful face – choosing only mascara and blush to enhance her features – and I’ve always admired the simplicity of her beauty.
I myself have been through so many iterations of myself, watching YouTube tutorials and learning from the women around me. When I feel dramatic, I go for it. When I want to shine, I go for it. I view makeup as a tool to show a different side of myself. In the past I’ve been grungy, pinup, minimalist, had huge eyes, had contoured cheeks, and more. It’s so beautiful to me when I see anyone of any gender embrace makeup (or no makeup) as a form of self-expression – whatever that expression may be.
When I think of those I love or find most beautiful, I notice that they are confident despite perceived “flaws” they might have. Crooked teeth? Dark under eye circles? Frizzy hair? They rock that to the real world with confidence. I try to follow that.
That said, there are times when I put makeup on as a service to others, not to myself.
“You look tired. No, really! You look like you’ve gotten no sleep.”
…. And on went the concealer.
Still, I largely don’t feel oppressed by it. I feel empowered that I have the option. Does that make sense?
The things that I recognize are ugliest about me are things that makeup can’t fix anyway.
I started experimenting with makeup when I got to college. Even though I love putting on a swipe of lipstick, or applying some blush, I always feel heavier with makeup on. I'm very conscious of its presence so I wonder if it's a symptom of it being something I've picked up recently. I think makeup can always enhance my look but I struggle with the idea of how much is too much.
I used to be a competitive figure skater, and so putting on makeup was part of putting on a costume to perform. I've learned how to take the feelings of that confident costume and internalize them.
I wear minimal makeup a few times a year for special occasions. When I was younger and a tomboy I didn’t think much of my appearance. In addition to that, I have no sight in my right eye. I “rebelled” against my parents and refused to wear my prosthetic lens and as I got older, my attitude became why hid my blind eye? I reasoned that my friends and individuals I meet would have to accept me for who I am, and then I adopted that same attitude with makeup and now, hardly wear makeup or hide how I naturally look.
The emphasis of society on women’s appearance harshly impacts women’s lives. Advertising convinces women that they need to be skinnier and lighter to gain societal approval.
There is an absence of women from diverse cultural backgrounds, in addition to a lack of representation women with disabilities in the media. The societal norms reinforce that women are not accepted for their inherent beauty and should modify their appearances.
Women are not taught that they have inward beauty emanating from their unique ways of being in and improving the world. I look forward to a time when women feel beautiful based on who they are as people.
As a feminist, I feel conflicted about makeup—on one hand I feel empowered to take control of my body (specifically my face) to make myself look however I want. At the same time, when I walk around the house, when I’m with my closest friends or family or doing active things outside that I love—I never think to wear makeup. So much of it, I believe, depends on how you feel during the act of putting it on. If you’re going out to a party and enjoying the process of beautification, that’s great—whereas if you feel as though it’s a burden—that’s not good. I try to listen to my inner voice as I put on makeup, and it can change day by day. But that’s the most important thing, I think—listening to yourself and your body—more than whether or not it’s an empowering tool for women.
There’s a quote I once read that describes a face without freckles being like a sky without stars. My mother used to tell me they were kisses from the sun. My freckles are a part of me, as much as my fiery hair and hazel eyes, sprinkled over the bridge of my nose and apples of my cheeks. Every morning I use makeup to cover-up my blemishes and imperfections, and though I never intended to hide my freckles, as a result of the layers of makeup, their distinct presence on my face has been diminished. I guess that’s the cost of wearing a mask of any sort--you may end up disguising more than you wish.
I used to put purple magic marker on my eyelids as eyeshadow in middle school because I wanted to try make up, and my mother did not let me buy beauty products!
One of my new resolutions is to not buy any more “beauty products.” They are expensive, full of waste products, horrible for your health and the health of the environment. The way our media portrays beauty is oppressive for women, and people get distracted by which eye color suits them instead of what salary and job they deserve. But, I get it. Studies show that “more attractive” women who dress up and wear make-up get better paying jobs. It’s a catch 22.
The advice I would give to younger women is to have fun, experiment, be yourself and remember that your eyebrows are “sisters not twins”
Makeup is sometimes a chore, and we all know that the media portrays impossible-to-achieve beauty standards that can harm even the most confident woman’s self-worth, if we let it. It takes a lot of inner, non-physical work to truly feel comfortable in our skin. No amount of makeup or physical alteration can compensate for a lack of self-acceptance. To me, applying makeup is a small step that both lets me carry myself more confidently and frees up mind-space so I can focus on more important things. It can free my mind’s attention from small worries about my appearance, and I’m able to be that much more present in conversations and interactions.
I’ve loved makeup since I was a young girl. My mother had to childproof her makeup draw in the bathroom to keep me out. I figured out how to open it anyway! I can still remember the smell of her lip palette and the feel of the lip brush across my lips. As much as I love getting made up, and I do still love getting made up, I have learned to love my skin as it is. I feel my sexiest, most confident, strongest and most beautiful when I’m in the gym boxing; working so hard, covered in sweat and not a trace of makeup.
In my experience, there's this feeling of having to get it right. I was 12 (and in Texas) when I was first allowed to wear makeup and saw it as a "rite of passage." Back home, I am seen as someone who doesn't wear a lot of makeup. I get told I don't wear "enough" or need to put on some lipstick (or get asked if I'm feeling well). Here in Boston, it often feels like you are judged for using makeup and have to explain why you use it (with the disclaimer that you are still a confident person who just happens to like to use makeup).
I think makeup and people's reactions to it often tell more about society's perceptions about beauty (and the underlining pressure for women to "have it all") than it does about the woman who is using it.
I definitely find that people respond differently when I wear makeup vs. when I don’t have makeup on at work. I feel like my customers think I’m less put together when I don’t have on makeup. I work with an older crowd and they appreciate seeing a pretty made up face with the works. I don’t wear makeup to work everyday and it is something I enjoy wearing, but I enjoy wearing it for myself, not for others.
I will admit I feel a bit more confident with makeup on. It’s like you’re wearing a mask that you can customize each time you go out. Do you want a natural look? A dramatic look? I love the versatility it gives you. However, there are plenty of days that I go without makeup. I feel fine, just plain and barefaced but there’s nothing wrong with that! As much as I love makeup nothing beats a fresh face.
When I look in the mirror without makeup, I KNOW I am beautiful. I put makeup on sometimes so others will find me beautiful; all the while knowing I'm fueling the reduction of women to pinups, playthings, and plastically injected pawns in a systematic game of consumerism and patriarchy
Most days I don't wear any makeup at all. Who am I trying to impress? But, being photographed without makeup, though, is always anxiety-provoking for me. I've always struggled with body image confidence and makeup has been a way for me to feel slightly more comfortable in my own skin. If I know I'm going to be photographed - even on an active day of vacation - I put makeup on so that I don't look bad in the photographs. I don't spend a lot of time on makeup and I have no idea how to use highlighter, bronzer, or blush. My makeup routine is just a light foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Honestly, it doesn't make a lot of difference. I'm working on being comfortable photographed in my own skin - recognizing that adding a touch of mascara won't radically change my self-perception.
Makeup for me initially was an interest probably stemming from some subliminal message of beauty that I encountered as a young girl. As I got older, these messages continued to manifest and I found myself extremely reliant on wearing makeup. It was difficult for me to see myself as beautiful without it, which I think resulted in a lot of insecurities and eventually some social anxieties.
Loving as makeup as I did, and placing so much of an emphasis on beauty and glamour-- I, naturally, started working in the cosmetic industry as a makeup artist. Growing up, I had always been everyone's go-to friend to do their hair and makeup for going out and events. For me, putting on makeup others was less about the superficial aspect of it, and more about guiding them into recognizing their beauty. Erring on the side of more natural looks always felt best to me, I just choose to enhance what they already had to enable them to feel beautiful in their own skin.
Given my personal rocky relationship with makeup and beauty, and given the opportunity to have more conversations with other women about their own insecurities-- I started to really think deeply about WHY people feel so inclined to wear makeup, what pressures they face that have lead them to perceive themselves they way they do, etc. And especially, if women are cornered to the point of using beauty products-- what kinds of chemicals were they being exposed to as a result?
I started to articulate these concerns and values with coworkers, but it was a very taboo topic. I was even given a verbal warning by my employer at the time that if I continued to speak about my concerns of emotional health and the safety of products, there would be consequences. At the same time, I was pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Safe Cosmetics, being exposed to a lot of extremely scary facts and data about the unregulated state of the beauty industry-- but was still unable to apply it to my profession.
I eventually became exhausted with feeling so morally conflicted and began seeking other professional opportunities. I always dreamed of pairing my passion for makeup and beauty, with addressing the physical health and emotional consequences created by such unattainable cultural standards of beauty. What I found was Follain (Gaelic for Healthy, Wholesome & Sound), a public-health project of sorts, disguised as the most beautiful and clean (in every sense of the word) beauty store you've ever strolled into! We, at Follain, pride ourselves on having the most stringent safety and performance standards in the nontoxic beauty industry, using education as a tool to advocate for the changes we want to see.
It is here that I can freely (and with gusto!) discuss the impacts of an unregulated beauty industry with others who share the same values and ethos as I had once been told to keep quiet about. I feel so strongly because although I am a makeup artist and I have the ability to make people feel more beautiful, I am NOT immune! I, too, struggle with self-image, and my personal mission is to disrupt the impact of an industry that takes advantage of women by compromising their perceptions of themselves-- so that they don't continue to make people feel insecure like I do.
Makeup can be a wonderful way to transform yourself into a character, a mood, a piece of art, or maybe even into someone you more deeply identify with. Yet I have also seen people use makeup to hide the parts of themselves that they are ashamed of.
There is nothing to be ashamed of! You should feel the freedom to wear whatever you like on your body and face AS WELL as feel the freedom and confidence to wake up and leave your house without glancing in a mirror. You don't need any enhancements. You have a great face, no one else has a face like yours! Love your face!
I'm Sonya Joyner and I love the idea of make-up a lot more than actually wearing it. Normally I don't wear make-up unless I have an audition, a performance or I'm going somewhere that I know there will be a camera and the pictures will end up on Facebook. Regardless of why, it's never heavy or over the top. If I'm going to hangout with friends who are also shutterbugs, I'll wear eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss.
When I do wear it, I would like to be more adventurous, but I have yet to do so. I buy primarily eye make-up because my eyes are my best feature. They also change color depending on the colors I use. I HATE removing it, but Neutrogena wipes make it considerably more tolerable.
Makeup hides the purest form of a womans beauty
Makeup is everything to me. It’s the icing on the cake to the perfect outfit. I am such a girly girl--I wear makeup to transcend an outfit from just clothes to a style. It's almost as if makeup allows me to completely embrace the look I'm going for, whether its elegant and natural or fierce and sexy.
That being said, I use makeup as an accessory rather than a necessity. Although I love hearing that I look beautiful in makeup, there is no better compliment in the world than hearing how beautiful I am without it… and every girl deserves to hear that.
For me, the only makeup I require is a kiss from the sun. A sun-kissed complexion is nature's"makeup" that does not smudge, cake up, or run. It's low maintenance and flattering on everyone!
I rarely wear makeup, only for formal or special events. Aside from that, a light gloss will usually do.
Oh makeup, I love it but I also don't depend on it. Some days, I love being all glam and getting very creative, but most days, its extremely simple. As I have gotten older, I have gotten more comfortable with everything that makes me...me! And my fresh face and my facial features is one of them. Makeup is like a fun accessory to me, you can add some color and pop to an already beautiful and unique canvas that is your face. Over the years, I have learned how to take good care of my face and building a beauty regiment that is right for my skin type.
My go-to makeup essentials on a daily are a good primer (to control my oily skin), a powder (to even everything out), mascara (to make my small eyes pop), some cute blush (for subtle definition), chapstick, and a smile! When I think of makeup...I always tell myself...'Less is more' and also 'Just have fun with it
My thoughts on make up are, for everyday I do not wear any. No makeup at all, I just use, a moisturizer. I do always have lip gloss in my bag, if I feel the need for a brighter look.
For occasions like weddings, gatherings, acting jobs, and photo shoots I do use full make; foundation, mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, bronzer, and lipstick, I always try to apply make up to just even out my skin tone and give me a brighter look, a fresh look with out looking like I have makeup on.
I always have make up remover cloths in my car and as soon as the event I over, I remove all make up before even headed home
I grew up in a household where makeup was not allowed until I was in high school, and even then I was only allowed to wear mascara. I had makeup as toys to play with in the house but it was never something I was good at, unless the goal was looking like a clown.
Slowly I started adding eyeliner to the mix but it wasn't until about two years ago that I got into wearing makeup (foundation, eye shadow, bronzer, etc) due to a job where I sold cosmetics. I love makeup but it is not something I'm particularly good at. My main staple of makeup is mascara because of my coloring and then eyeliner because I feel the only strong feature of mine are my eyes.
I'd love to do this shoot because I love modeling and I'd love to show my own naked-faced beauty. I am a teacher and when I go to work without makeup my students always ask if I'm sick or tired or something. So, seeing myself photographed without makeup will rid me of the insecurities of "do I really look sick without makeup?
Makeup can be a wonderful way to transform yourself into a character, a mood, a piece of art, or maybe even into someone you more deeply identify with. Yet I have also seen people use makeup to hide the parts of themselves that they are ashamed of. There is nothing to be ashamed of! You should feel the freedom to wear whatever you like on your body and face AS WELL as feel the freedom and confidence to wake up and leave your house without glancing in a mirror. You don't need any enhancements. You have a great face, no one else has a face like yours! Love your face!
I actually love makeup - my mother is a very artistic person and I always envied her ability to draw when I can barely draw stick figures! Makeup to me is my painted art and form of self expression that everyone gets to see.
I hate makeup, however, when I see women wearing way too much of it! Makeup can be a great way to enhance what you already have but too much of it just looks clownish. Yuck!
I used to wear tons of makeup in middle school like colorful eyeshadow since it was artsy and I'm an artsy person but I was still bullied by some boys for wearing colorful eyeshadow. In high school and college I wear minimal makeup which looks more natural; I wear it to highlight some parts of my face so I look presentable to people!
I personaly look at it as an art.. I think its a form of expression.
I do think some depend on it so much that it effects you on the inside to a certain degree. And its important to appreciate natural beauty in all of us.
Media definitely has a huge influence on our idea of beauty and what is "appropriate" in the society. It projects the trends that are in the fashion industry and therefore guide women on what is the current "thing" to do. In my opinion it's fun and a cool way to express yourself, experimenting with different looks, making yourself look different.
Personally, it gives me more confidence and I believe I look prettier with make up on. BUT the important thing for any woman is to feel beautiful in any situation, with or without makeup and that's where the media isn't helping, as it portrays perfection (skin, eyes, lips) and we try to reach that perfection through makeup. We are all perfect in our own way.
Makeup is really creative and fun. I love makeup. But is nice too to go natural. Makeup brings different sides of someone's personality
I think that makeup should be an option for people who want to wear it, but not a requirement. As a woman, and a college student living with four other females I feel pressure to wear it from the people around me, and often get comments pointing out that I do not regularly wear makeup.
I think everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin and not self conscious of imperfections that we all have. Instead I think we should embrace the beauty that we were given and use makeup more as a highlight of that beauty that a mask to create societies idea of beauty.
That being said I think the media plays a huge role in why so many people, men and women wear makeup daily to cover up "imperfections" that are normal and natural. Makeup is fun of course and can change someone's appearance greatly but I don't think that it should be required and/or expected from anyone
I’ve never really liked it especially because my skin is sensitive so I break out easily. But my whole life I've always been told to not use it because i didn't really need it. I feel everybody is beautiful with or without makeup, but to use makeup as a confidence booster would be the wrong way because then you'll be very dependent on it
A person's face is like a blank canvas. Make up is the paint that dictates the mood of the piece. Everything a true artist creates is from the soul. Love, pain, joy transcends through every piece that is created as does make up on a person's face
I would say that I enjoy makeup but I feel we rely on it too much. We forget to embrace our natural beauty because of societies standards on how women should look. We don't need all this highlighting and contouring of makeup to be beautiful, just a simple smile. It's taken me a long time to not only get comfortable but also embrace my naked face but I'm so glad that have. Not only have I saved a ton of money, I have also saved myself an extra 10-15 minutes while getting ready!
When I was growing up, makeup was a way to change who I was and emulate those I admired, nowadays it's more about being comfortable and owning my own skin. On a daily basis I rarely wear more than eyeliner, mascara, and blush, sometimes lipstick if I'm feeling bold. It shouldn't be about changing or hiding things, but about enhancing the features you love and what makes you unique
I have always been afraid of clowns. When people used to ask my why, I would tell them that it was because they made me nervous because it felt that with their painted on faces they were hiding something. Over these past few years I have struggled a lot with depression and self image, and it made me question all that I was hiding. I remember how at some times the only time I ever felt confident was with my own painted on face. Is this makeup's fault? I don't think so. But there was something that I did realize after coming out of whatever dark place I was at: on the days that I am happy, I feel so much more beautiful than makeup can ever make me feel.
Do you remember the first day we met? I told you how beautiful I thought one of your models was. And I told you that it was because she looked so happy. Happiness is beautiful. If makeup makes you happy, then wear it! If not, then don't worry about it. Regardless we should all strut our stuff, be confident, and be happy, because that's what true beauty is
I love make up. I love that with a few simple brush strokes I could transform from girl next door to femme fatale, however, I feel that there is something powerful about a bare face. To me a bare face means confidence. It says "this is me, flaws and all. I accept it and I don't care what you think about it, I'm not covering up
Reasons I don't like make up is 1. For the obvious reason of - I sweat for a living so I want my skin to be able to breathe naturally and freely. 2. I'm completely comfortable and confident without make up on and it's a way to express owning who you truly are.
Reasons I like makeup: 1. Same reason I don't like makeup is one of the reasons why I do - on days when I feel off or like I need a little facial "pick me up", a little makeup helps me look and feel better. When you spend day in and day out in spandex and sports bras, a little makeup brings back the femininity, the elegance of getting dressed up and feeling pretty in a different way and it's the perfect touch to creating a specific look.
I wear make up everyday. I like it because now a day there are healthy skin make up options that actually enhance the overall health and appearance of your skin. I wear it to heighten the look of my favorite feature, which are my eyes. This makes me feel even more confident and comfortable than I already do about my appearance and face. It’s just another form of expression with all the different colors and product options.
What I don’t like about make up sounds so lazy. You can’t just wash your face and go to bed. You have to use makeup remover and then wash your face to be able to then use your nightly products. It’s time consuming and can be a pain. If you don’t your make up smears all over your pillowcase. No fun.
Make up is part of my daily life except for hot summer days off where I just focus on sunscreen. I enjoy makeup because my routine is pretty quick and that little bit of eyeliner and mascara makes me feel confident. When it’s time to shine and go out or attend a special occasion it’s fun to doll yourself up, plus I love me some red or bold pink lipstick.
Make up never really annoys me that much, only when I’m fighting for some mirror space. ;)
I don't love or hate make up its just that I don't need it , it's not my style and I look beautiful without it "natural beauty
Every time I look in the mirror, I remind myself that I am beautiful, that my voice matters and that I am enough. Makeup or not, let's all fall in love with who we are. I am me, a perfectly flawed, beautyFULL work in progress. Let's find beauty in hearts that love with passion and kindness. Let's love each other for who we are and what we stand for. If makeup brings shine to your day, let's embrace it! But don't feel like you are only worth it when you wear it because you are beautiful at all times!
To wear no makeup makes me feel free and organic kind of deal. Bare! Its like forcing people to look at who you really are with no fuss and no pretend :)
To me, makeup is a fun accessory that you choose to wear, or not. It's a way of accentuating the natural beauty you already possess. Makeup doesn't make the girl... the girl makes the makeup
I've always been a fan of makeup and growing up insecure of my looks it was a gateway to gain self confidence. I'm comfortable in my own skin now, but I was going through that stage where I felt ugly and makeup was my escape of this ugliness that haunted me. Anywho! Moving on to a more positive outlook lol I like the transformation when applying makeup on, (especially seeing the new techniques makeup artist use to enhance their beauty, I'm OBSESSED!! lol)
Using makeup now makes me feel like a little girl shopping for the new brats dolls. Lol im like a fat kid in a candy shop. I can't wait to try the new Matte lipstick or a candle lit soft glow foundation. I've grown more obsessed with the art of makeup as the days pass. Learning how to make specific parts of my face shimmer , or blend bold and or bright shades over my eyelids, elongating my eye lashes for a fuller effect. I love it all. It's fun to me.
But makeup has helped me realize that I am beautiful beyond all the foundations, primers, lipsticks, and eyeshadows. It has also helped me appreciate my bare face, admiring the small specks of freckles sprinkled over my cheeks and the bridge of my nose. The unique beauty mark on the top right corner of my lip. It's helped me appreciate me for me....
I consider makeup a tool; one which I use to present my best self in public. My daughters refer to my made up look as my "work face" as I tend to only wear it when I'm going to be in front of a camera. I definitely feel more confident when I'm made up, but society has taught women to feel that way. That fact truly bothers me. Most times I'm comfortable in my own skin
Makeup, or the absence of it, is one accessory that I useto express a mood, an attitude, or image at a particular moment, in a given situation. Sometimes, the most powerful way to project strength, is to wear no makeup at all. War paint does not make the warrior princess
Makeup should never be a necessitie... Every body has natural beauty. I believe a smile is the sexiest thing you can wear... And you can do that without makeup. Makeup is a fun playful thing to use to accentuate the natural beauty you already have... When you have the time for it.... But I'd rather just get up and go 😉 and let my natural beauty shine💎
I don't hate make-up, but I'm not in love with it either! I'm for whatever makes a woman look and feel wonderful! When I'm not at work, a little lipstick and mascara are enough for me
I really don't like makeup, I feel like it gives people who don't wear it more reasons to feel insecure and uncomfortable with how they look. The people who don't cake their faces in makeup shouldn't have to feel insecure or uncomfortable because people around them hide their blemishes and their own insecurities with concealer and cover up.
But makeup clearly helps other people to feel better about themselves so it can't be all bad. Make up can help people boost their confidence by hiding their dark marks and blemishes. If makeup helps you go ahead and wear it be confident in yourself, if you don't like wearing makeup don't but don't let the ones who do make you think less of yourself.
I love makeup because it gives more definition to your face and how it looks. I hate makeup because it doesn't show who you really are and it has some people think of you in a different way
What I like about makeup: "It's pretty. It feels good to put on your face. "
Dislike: "People use it look pretty when they are already pretty in real life. They should wear it just for fun around the house and not to mcdonalds or applebees... "
My stage make-up class in college was super fun, and the techniques I learned helped me play a variety of roles from bag ladies to 1940's lounge singers. While I enjoy wearing make-up from time to time, I try to teach my daughter that real beauty has nothing to do with how we look, and everything to do with how we treat those around us. A person who is cruel or harsh to other's is not beautiful. Yes make-up can enhance a person's physical features, but the kindness we show to each soul that crosses our path determines our real beauty.
No makeup shows your true spirit exuding from the inside out! Add a little makeup and make it sparkle!
I have an unconditional love for makeup. My profession is Makeup. It is my business, it is my passion, it is my livelihood. However, I'm a believer that makeup is not something that every woman NEEDS. It's a tool to help enhance all the natural beauty that all woman already possess. Or for an expression of creativity. I wear makeup almost every day as I am a representation of my craft, but I also wear it for ME.
Makeup can help to make a woman feel like a more polished version of herself. It allows us very strong, busy moms, executives, multi-taskers to create the illusion of an 8 hour sleep even though not many of us ever experience that. When we feel good about ourselves with or without makeup, we are unstoppable.
That being said, women are beautiful even without the help of makeup, beauty truly does come from within! And as a first time Mom at 45 years old, I want to be the best me I can be for this beautiful miracle in my life. My gift Xavier. And to teach him to love himself no matter what. Because like the rest of us, he was born perfect as God intended.
I have hidden emotionally behind make-up ever since I was allowed to wear it. I had always had problem skin as a teen that caused huge insecurity for me. As I grew older I think it became more of a mask to symbolically hide my emotions, hiding anxiety, insecurity, depression. I go no where without my make up. When I heard about the No Make Up Series I knew it was a challenge I needed, not one that I wanted. As a business owner, music therapist, and licensed mental health counselor, I always have to appear like I "have it together".
So I went, hiding behind a smile and BB Cream which I was asked to wipe off. I took my photo with a familiar object to help calm my nerves (guitalele) and left. I cried the rest of the day. Authentic self-love is a battle worth fighting. We owe it to our children and teens to show them it's worth the fight. Loving oneself shouldn't be a privilege, or earned, it comes with living. You are beautiful, you have a purpose, and it's to be you, authentically.
Growing up I was always afraid of makeup. The women in my family didn’t wear makeup unless it was a special occasion and I was told that I didn’t need it. Naturally I wanted to experiment with my friends. I was a teen in the early 90s and most makeup I found at my local drug store was not geared towards woman of color.
I felt like makeup changed the way I look and brought on attention that I didn’t want so I stayed away from it and when I did rarely wear makeup it was eyeliner and the ONE color lipstick I could find that complimented my skin tone (wet and wild 522). Besides the look, I didn’t like the way it felt on my skin and when I did try new products I often got a bad reaction.
I’m 38 now and I’ve just recently started wearing makeup. I
only use vegan cosmetics and I use it to compliment my natural look, rather than to change it. Everyone is different. I think that makeup can be a great confidence booster and a chance to be creative. Whether you use a little or a lot, as long as it makes you more comfortable with yourself and not an effort to change who you are, it’s a beautiful thing
A beautiful soul will emanate beauty from within, therefore no make up required.
Having said that, I've always had a love for make up though. It's fun, creative, it allows you to change on a whim depending on your mood. Classic, retro, natural, etc.
Still to this day nothing beats jeans, t-shirt, baseball hat, sneakers, ponytail and no make up on. Classic comfort that everyone should feel comfortable doing
I definitely have a love hate relationship with makeup. Being an actress/model makeup is a regular part of the job and my life. You have to wear makeup on most shoots even if just going for a natural look. I LOVE getting my makeup done professionally by someone else, but I do not necessarily enjoy doing it myself for auditions or shoots where you are required to do your own makeup.
During my day to day life I also work a day job and I never wear makeup. I love not wearing makeup because it gives my skin a chance to breathe. You feel free and fresh. It also allows me to sleep in longer in the mornings as I don't have to paint my face. I can just shower, brush my hair and go. I only wear makeup for industry events, dinners out with the hubby, parties, acting jobs, modeling jobs and auditions. The rest of the time I am usually bare faced. Even at my day job. So I would say I wear makeup 50% of the time. I am absolutely obsessed with my under eye circles. They drive me nuts. So when I don’t wear makeup I am really letting go and 50% of the time that's what I do.
We are NOT born with make up ON and everyone always says how beautiful babies are...I think it should stay that way until we grow old. My name is Mabelle Cassiel and I am 8 years old. I think beauty comes from inside of all of us.
I don't like or dislike makeup. However, I limit how much I wear. The makeup I wear the most is my football/cheer mom Purple and Gold "war paint"
I LOVE the raw beauty of a persons face, the natural look to me is pure, flawless beauty!
I am also intrigued how MAKEUP can transform a persons look, that's the creative side that I admire, but deep down I don't love or hate makeup, I'ts a love and hate thing. No woman should ever feel more or less just because they wear makeup or they don't
I love and hate makeup, just like I love and hate anything that is both creative and destructive. Treating women's faces like art is a beautiful idea, but attaching our worth to a mask of ourselves is absolutely destructive. Each woman has to find her balance
I love makeup because it gives me confidence. I hate makeup because it gives me confidence
My mom never wore make up, and she always told me I didn't need it and wouldn't let me wear it. So I never got in the habit of putting on makeup. I don't hate it or love it, I just really value my mom's opinion