Sunday Commentary: Feminist Makeup Fiasco

Hey there everyone,

So, as some of you may know, there was an article published by the Independent commenting on a woman’s choice to wear makeup. The writer claims that the make-up we wear is used to ‘distort’ our appearances and hide our natural beauty, criticizing the actions of the few as the actions of all women who wear makeup, and claims that our choice to wear make-up is a ‘stigmatised’ one.

Frankly, that’s bullshit.

There are so many reasons why people choose to wear makeup (as we all know that it’s no longer just for women). Make-up was never meant to hide a person’s beauty, but rather to complement and highlight it. Make-up is also very artistic, so it’s also very subjective. For example, I also don’t agree with wearing make-up to the gym, and I also barely wear any make-up, and I’ve never dyed my hair either (yet!!); however, there is nothing wrong with those who do. It’s 2019 and we’re still judging each other about what we do with our faces and bodies? Honestly, it’s ridiculous! I know people who were make-up every day, some who barely wear it, and some who don’t wear any at all, and that’s okay. A choice is a choice, and we should all be able to make our own choices without being scrutinized or judged for it.

The beauty industry is problematic; that we cannot hide. A lot of the time, it will make many women question their own looks, and in some cases, will cause problematic and unhealthy relationships between women and their own bodies. Beauty ideals for women were never fair, and in some ways, they still aren’t; but thankfully, many strong and passionate women have opened up and helped society change these ideals.

Lastly, I’d like to make a small note about the writer’s conclusion;

“Do yourself a favour, and throw your makeup in the bin. It would be a much more revolutionary act than burning your bra.”

Honestly, this is the part of the article that I disagree with the most. Yes, maybe make-up and bras were once both shown as things that we “needed” to wear; now that is no longer the case. Nowadays, it’s quite normal that some women choose not to wear make-up, and even to not always wear a bra! No-one’s opinions are the same, and that’s okay. It encourages discussion and provides us with different perspectives. But when writers like this only assume and scrutinize those who think differently, then it’s a problem. Feminism is not all about ‘burning bras’ (another post for another day), and make-up is a form of empowerment; it is not manipulation or a shield.

So that’s my two cents on the issue! What did you think of the original article? Do you agree or disagree with what I wrote? Let me know in the comments below! 


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