Admittedly, I used to be opposed to wearing makeup.
It’s a waste of time and money. Why can’t men appreciate women for our natural faces?
This was my general mentality. Yet, over the years, my thought-process has changed. Undoubtedly, make-up can change one’s face, but that does not have to be a bad thing. I would not go as far as to compare make-up to beards, which some women will. They argue that beards change the way men appear and, similarly, make-up does the same for women.
The problem with this argument is the obvious logical fallacy; beards can be purchased but, for the most part, they grow naturally. On the other hand, you don’t see an eyeliner wing growing on a woman’s eyelid. Even still, beards and make-up have similar effects. They enhance your features and some prefer them; some don’t.
Personally, I’m a big fan of “No Shave November” because, and let’s be real here, beards save some men. Example A:
So, there are some similarities between the “beard or no beard” and “naturalista vs. makeup vista” debates. However, I am here to assert that makeup is a worthwhile investment. Why?
First of all, it enhances your facial features – extending the eyelashes, adding pops of color to different regions of the face, and, in the latest trend, highlighting and contouring your face. Like with beards, makeup comes in stages. Some men go from the scraggly Kendrick beard to the Drake beard just like women go from being the expermenative 13-year-old looking like she played in someone’s makeup bag to the 20-year-old who can do a full face and actually look both presentable and desirable. I went from a mascara & gloss simple, everyday look to setting aside an hour of my afternoon just to having popping Instagram pictures.
Really, makeup is a liberating thing. It shows who excelled in their art classes and who drooled through the classes. As an arts major, albeit language arts, this is right up my alley since I immerse myself in creative expression. A lot of the opposition to makeup comes from men who are so surprised what women look like without makeup.
Some men discourage their partners from wearing “too much” makeup – as if there’s a cap on how much makeup a woman is “allowed” to put on her face. This reinforces the ideology that women are supposed to regulate whatever they do to appease men. In a way, makeup can be seen as a feminist’s protest against the patriarchy.
Although men will say they just want a woman to embrace her natural face, they are actually trying to control her whether or not they realize. This same argument can be applied to clothes.
Some men say their women “can’t” wear something too revealing because it will make her “look” a certain way, but clothes do not define character, which Ayesha Curry missed in her condemnation of women who wear “barely anything” – to which misogynists jumped on the bandwagon and used it to justify their misogyny. Nonetheless, for every disparaging comment, there is surely a clap back: