Applying that first dot of foundation, running a somewhat uncomfortable black pencil over the top of your eyelids, brushing on sparkly blush…the first time we do it, it makes us feel older and more mature. We’ve finally reached the age where wearing mascara and blush is no longer ‘cute’, its expected. It shows that you’ve finally reached that age where you have your own makeup bag filled with pallets and expensive brushes, rather than playing with your mom’s during dress-up.
Popular culture places a lot of emphasis on the importance of makeup. It can make you feel younger, look better, remove signs of aging, and if you do it right you can look like anybody but yourself. All of these advertisements and many female cultural icons promote the use of copious amounts of makeup, something I have always felt fundamentally opposed to. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy wearing makeup as much as the next person, but not to the extent where I am not longer identifiable or have an inch thick black ring around my eyes. I’ve noticed on my college campus that the dark, sensual, and extremely obvious looks typically reserved for nighttime events have started to transfer over into the every-day. This is the outcome of what I believe to be a combination of insecurity and cultural pressure resulting from everyday images of already gorgeous women painting their faces on as if they needed any improvement.
After speaking to a number of individuals who hate to be seen without at least some form of makeup on, I’ve found that one of the biggest and most recurring reasons young women feel so compelled to put on makeup every day is that they feel ‘naked’ and unattractive without it. Having worn it everyday for long periods of time, these women become accustomed to seeing themselves with it on, feeling strange and plain when its removed. I personally prefer to wear little to no makeup on my day-to-day routine to avoid exactly this. I’ve always preferred the more natural look, highlighting the attributes already present instead of creating new ones. Thus when I choose to wear makeup, with the exception of special night events, I favor the more ‘organic’ look where I try to play on the positives by giving them a little extra ‘pop’. This means using colors more alike the natural ones already present in my face, such as light pinks, creams, and light browns. Instead of covering my eyelids in black, I go for a softer and more approachable color, like shimmery beige. It is my firm belief that we can all look stunning and still make certain features pop without covering our natural beauty.
Celebrities like Beyonce and Hallie Berry, (seen above,) have flaunted their ‘pure looks, showing off their natural beauty with just a touch of added boldness and color. They may look different than how we are accustomed to seeing them in magazines or online, but this difference is so much more beautiful and real. When it comes down to it, most makeup is simply a bunch of processed ingredients placed in a tube and advertised as something that will make you look and feel better than you ever have. I believe its best to ignore these kinds of statements; slathering products all over our faces doesn’t produce beauty, it hides it. So the next time you’re getting ready for the day, before you pick up that black eye pencil or bronzer look in the mirror and remember that you’re much more beautiful the way you are.
- Maris Indursky
- Maris Indursky