People have literally been wearing makeup for thousands of years. The Egyptians wore dark makeup around their eyes because they believed it had magical qualities and would ward off illness and disease. The Grecians used chalk to whiten their faces, but didn’t wear much more than that. In medieval times, writers associated makeup with deception, so it was frowned upon to wear anything noticeable. In Elizabethan England, it was fashionable to dye your hair red, and women used egg whites to make their complexion more fair. In France, in the mid-eighteenth century, makeup was all about social status. Women had pale faces and wore lots of blush. During the Elizabethan era, very little makeup was worn by respectable ladies because the queen did not condone it. In the 1900s, makeup trends changed every decade! Makeup became affordable to everyone, whether it was classic black mascara or bright red lipstick like Marilyn Monroe’s, and now it was expected for women to wear makeup if they wanted to look like they took care of themselves. (Source: mostly Lisa Eldridge)
Now, in 2016, both men and women wear makeup (although I don’t think it’s as acceptable for men to wear it quite yet). Some people wear a full face of makeup everyday while others rarely wear more than mascara and maybe something on the lips. There are definitely trends in lipstick and looks, but I wouldn’t necessarily say there’s an iconic look from the 2010s. If you don’t wear any makeup, however, you are in the minority (at least in my circles). It is expected that an adult, professional female will wear makeup.
I’ve read blogs, watched videos, and asked my friends about why women wear makeup and the main reason, I’ve concluded, is that it’s a confidence booster. No one admitted to me that they are insecure without makeup, but many people told me that makeup makes them feel more confident. Is this because advertising is so good at targeting our insecurities?
Another reason people wear makeup is because it’s something they do for themselves. It’s a little bit of pampering and time spent on “me” every day. It’s not to get attention or for anyone else to admire.
I wanted to think about, research and experiment with makeup for a full 30 days because I wanted to form a personal opinion about it. Growing up I was taught that women wore makeup to get the attention of males, and if that was the case then all attention received by a makeup wearing female from a male would be negative. Also, if a boy was going to like you, he should like you for who you really are (personality + zits) and not for a face you painted on. In high school I was not allowed to wear a single stitch of makeup or nail polish. In general, I was okay with that. I would rather sleep in 3 minutes than dry my hair, let alone put on makeup. But I did feel out-of-place sometimes. And I knew that I personally didn’t want to wear makeup so boys would like me more. That logic never resonated with me. Long story short, once I moved out I bought a few makeup items and wore them whenever I wanted (which was very rarely). Sometime since then makeup has become fascinating to me. One of my deep dark secrets is that I enjoy watching beauty gurus on YouTube apply makeup. I love watching how they play with color and how they can manipulate certain features on their face.
But back to me….here are some thoughts I had during my month of wearing makeup *almost every day:
1. Who has time or energy to take this stuff off at night? I barely have energy to brush my teeth after the baby goes down.
2. Do people who wear makeup also not take naps? Or do they have a specific pillow they nap with that is just completely covered in mascara and foundation?
3. Wait, what’s the point again? You put it on just to take it off…
4. Foundation. It actually makes my skin look worse…I probably just need to find one that works better with my grease ball face skin. Who am I kidding!? I touch my face so much there is no foundation that will work for me!
5. Ooooh, girl, you is sassy with that bold, red lipstick. Work it!
6. Ooooh, purple!? You rock that look!
In conclusion, I think that for me makeup is fun some days and a huge pain other days. It’s fun to play with different colors and textures and enhance features that you think already look good. Do I think makeup can be dangerous? Absolutely! I do think that some women put on a mask and hide behind it every single day because they are insecure about their natural appearance. And that makes me so sad. But if you are confident in your own skin and want to play around with different colors on your eye lid, lips, cheeks or even eyebrows, I think you should. That’s what I’m going to do. Most days I’m too lazy or practical to apply any makeup, but that doesn’t affect how pretty or confident I feel. Chances are, if I wake up feeling ugly, no amount of makeup is going to change that (at least for me). But if I wake up and want to put on makeup, I’m not ashamed of that either (sorry mom and dad).
I’d rather be wise, winsome, patient, or loving than pretty any day.
Sidenote: I do think if my parents had allowed me to wear makeup at a young age, I wouldn’t have been forced to be content with myself without makeup. Makeup would be “normal” for me and anything else would be unsatisfactory.