A few weeks ago when Alicia Keys attended the VMAs with a bare face, the internet trolls decided to question her choice on her own face. As someone who loves makeup, I tend to have candid conversations about it with almost everyone. And most of the time, it’s not because they wanted to talk about it, but YOLO. So for this first article I wanted to dissect a few clichés and stereotypes many people tend to have on those of us who almost never leave the house without some form of makeup on their face.
Note: This is to be taken with a grain of HD Translucent Setting Powder.
Cliché 1: You Want to Impress Someone
Now most people won’t come up to me and ask if I want to impress someone with my makeup. No, people they are more subtle than that. But here’s some breaking news: most people who wear makeup do it because (wait for it…) they *LIKE IT*. Of course, if we can impress others with this form of artistry, it is always a source of gratification, but it is not necessary. We just like it, just as you like taking photos with your iPad, and the other likes dressing as if it’s still the 20’s, and the other likes dressing her pug in pink Swarovski studded sweaters, even though not all of us are impressed! In short, it is an individual freedom, and you should respect it.
Cliche 2: You Need Self Confidence
Well hello there and welcome to earth, where humans need self confidence. Most people who wear makeup will tell you it gives an extra boost of confidence, but is that really so bad? Millions of men and women complain of various skin conditions that prevent them from feeling comfortable in public. But this is not their fault, it’s the society they live in. We tend to label anyone wearing makeup and question their confidence, yet expect people to have perfect skin and an overall “acceptable appearance”; either way, you can’t win. So if you judge people’s confidence based on their appearance, then consider you are the problem, not the makeup.
Cliche 3: You Are Not “Real”
Let’s get this one cleared-up: We are all REAL. Unless you’re talking about ghosts or unicorns, I am very much real–and those probably are too, you just haven’t met them yet! The fact that there is some glitter or colour on my face does not warrant questioning my actual existence. Furthermore, makeup too is real, and sometimes it’s even made of natural ingredients! So, joke’s on you, bro. But maybe one day you’ll finally be happy when makeup wearers can finally start going to the stem cell store for some new skin and trendy brows, and then pass by the DNA lab for the latest lip colour before heading to work?!
Cliche 4: You Are Deceptive
This is a favourite of mine. Now don’t get me wrong, we all have at least one skeleton in our closet; who doesn’t have anything to hide? But if it’s on my face, whether it’s acne, blemishes or a mole, and no matter how much makeup I decide to use, chances are YOU CAN SEE IT ALL ANYWAY. Unless you don’t pay attention, in which case I suggest these brain exercises to work on your attention to detail. There now, that should make it all better. Now stop accusing us of trying to deceive you. The world doesn’t need any more conspiracy theories.
Cliche 5: You Take Too Long To Get Ready
Let me reformulate that for you: I take ENOUGH time to get ready. Putting makeup on takes work, concentration, practice, attention to detail and much more. It involves a wide variety of functional tools and products that have been developed over the decades to help makeup artists and enthusiast create and express themselves. So unless you are going to invent a magical machine that can give me a cut crease, winged liner, snatched contour, blinding highlight and metallic lips in 10 minutes, I suggest you take a seat and meditate on the fact that it’s not cool to judge if you don’t know.
Thanks for reading! Now I’m going to hide behind my makeup.
The Foundry girl.