In this opinion piece, Aine Monk explains why the question 'who do you wear makeup for?' annoys her, and describes why she chooses to wear makeup herself.
Makeup is a major aspect in today’s society, be it for everyday wear or formal functions. Decades ago, makeup was kept simple and elegant, emphasising rather than erasing and exaggerating, but who am I to talk!
I am an avid fan of false lashes and nails, but not fake tan (I prefer to be pale than brilliantly bronze as I tend to look as if I’ve spent many years lazing upon the equator if ever I dare apply it.)
There’s the age old question of ‘who do you wear makeup for?’ which really aggravates me. Why must I justify my choice to apply cosmetic products by claiming its sole purpose is to satisfy another individual aesthetically?
Makeup creates an extra layer of comfort, it is not a mask with which I falsify my appearance, but rather an aid to feeling just a tad more comfortable in my own skin, even if it is glazed with gloss and camouflaged with concealer.
Yes, I must admit that I have made the decision to layer on the liquid foundation on a regular basis and this is due to the fact that I myself feel somewhat self-conscious about my not-so-perfectly blemish free skin, which does not glow or exert radiant beams of light as can be seen on various cosmetic advertisements.
How are we to make an educated decision on what is natural and what is the converse in this day and age? If we were to do so, then many of our celebrities would not be known and our models may slip into the cracks of normality, better known as the tall, slim or athletic colleague in the workplace.
It could be argued that makeup allows me to express myself and portray pieces of my personality otherwise left enigmatic to a passing stranger. I like to paint my face as I clothe my body, in a way which shows who I am in a simple, yet smaller sense.
Just as Annie felt she was never fully dressed without a smile, I feel bare without a slick of lipstick or a subtle highlight upon my cheekbones. It is my very own art-form whereby my face is the canvas and various products paint the big picture.
I prefer to remain pale and interesting, rather than bronzed and brazen (shout-out to the girls who can apply tan streak-free without looking like a member of the workforce of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I envy the particular set of skills you possess.)
Despite my porcelain preference, I still opt for bronzer and blusher, because, let’s face it, a girl has got to contour those cheekbones.
I do understand the appeal of going ‘au natural’, but have realised that this requires an abundance of self-esteem and body confidence which makeup seems to offer me at times.
Marilyn Monroe once said that “a smile is the best makeup a woman can wear,” but a little lipstick never hurt.
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