Sometimes, I am lucky to receive compliments about my choice of eyeshadow, or my eyeliner, however, other times I am presented with the dreaded phrase which makes me want to roll my eyes very far back into my head; “you wear too much make-up“. I’ve never really been too fussed over the comment until recently, when I’ve had a moment to think about the statement.
When was it ever set in stone what ‘too much’ or even ‘too little’ is? Is it stated in the law? As far as I am aware, it is not. It’s an opinion. One which shouldn’t matter really.
The first use of makeup dates back between 5 or 6 thousand years ago, where both men and women wore it for decoration. In my opinion, this reason still stands. When I apply my makeup, I am not on a mission to turn myself into a new woman. Many people think this is the case, many people believe that a number of people will use makeup to cover up their flaws and give them almost a new identity. For example, the famous meme, “This is why you take a girl swimming on a first date”, which to be honest, is complete bullshit, as we’d have setting spray on anyway. *ba dum tshh*
For me, makeup is about art and precision; it is a positive and enjoyable thing. I look forward to applying my makeup as for me, my face can be my canvas. I can create a number of different looks from different coloured powders, gels, liquids and brushes. I have an artistic background, and as I have slowly stopped putting pen to paper, I know find my outlet for art with makeup. I find the whole application process relaxing and almost even, a form of therapy. Am I hurting or harming anyone with my makeup? No. It’s just something I like to do.
“But you must put it on because you’re insecure?” – Incorrect.
While I am no where near 100% happy with my appearance and physique, I do not feel the need to wear makeup to make myself ‘pretty’ or to impress anyone. It’s for me, myself and I.
Some don’t like to wear make-up, some like to wear a little bit of make-up, some like to wear a lot of make-up, and that’s totally fine, because at the end of the day, who really cares if you’re ‘wearing too much’?
Let me know your thoughts.