Assumptions about Non Cosmetic Wearers
Makeup and Incorrect Assumptions
In a world where beauty is synonymous with makeup, it is no wonder why so many women use it on a regular basis. In fact, most beauty magazines are filled with advertisements stating in one way or another, that a great way to look beautiful is to purchase a product in the cosmetic aisle.
Makeup and attractiveness have become so intertwined that many women feel that without makeup, they stand no chance of being considered attractive. People have even come to make assumptions that if makeup isn’t worn, it means that the person in question has low self-esteem. However, the truth of the matter is that some people just simply choose not to wear it.
There are a variety of reasons some women don’t wear makeup. For some, they were simply never taught by their mothers or girlfriends how to use the products. For others, they simply don’t feel the need to wear it. Others find applying makeup hard work that takes up way too much of their time.
Still, so many females have come to depend upon different forms of makeup. We as women have come to see our unique features as faults and as a result, many of us look to a product that will hide those faults. Others simply wear make-up to enhance their beauty and feel that the all-natural look simply isn’t enough.
The amount of women who wear makeup in the world is staggering and so is the message that comes along with cosmetics; that if you don’t wear it, it’s because you don’t care enough about yourself. Not wearing makeup is so uncommon that when celebrities are seen without it, an article is written about them and it becomes a part of celebrity news. Recently there was an article on how Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi took pictures sans makeup, somehow this was so rare that it was news. Ironically, instead of the message that women can still be beautiful without makeup, which the articles seem to want others to believe it is presenting, it is actually drawing attention to the fact that it is strange that even without makeup, women can be attractive. What is this message sending to young women?
The main question becomes why not wearing a product that is usually worn to “make one look better” is a sign of low self-esteem. If anything, wouldn’t not wearing makeup show that someone is proud of how they look and that they don’t feel the need to disguise themselves in products such as mascara, foundation, blush, and a variety of other products? I am not stating that those who choose to wear makeup have low self-esteem either, but rather that perhaps there is no real connection between makeup and how one feels about themselves at all. Maybe wearing makeup is simply a personal preference.
The last thing society needs is to make assumptions about why someone decides to paint their face or not. If men decide to wear makeup, they are called “gay” and they are placed in a negative light. If women choose not to wear makeup, they are not so much considered manly, but rather considered lazy or unconcerned about their appearance. Everyone to some degree is concerned about how they look. People who wear makeup certainly care about how they look or they wouldn’t go through the trouble of applying the different facial enhancements. Additionally, even those who don’t wear makeup most likely care about how they look, they just don’t find makeup necessary, don’t know how to really use it, or simply don’t prefer to wear the product. It is also false to think that those who don’t wear makeup do not want to look beautiful. Everyone wants to be considered attractive and everyone wants someone to find them beautiful both in the inside and out. Whether a person wears makeup or not is a personal preference and it should not be grounds for judgment.