Makeup – to wear or not to wear, that is the question. In my opinion, whether or not you decide to wear makeup should be up to you. If you don’t feel comfortable or like yourself wearing it, then don’t. If makeup makes you feels good about yourself and if you like how you look with it on, then you should feel free to wear it!
I’ve written on this subject before, but after recently watching a great show on Netflix, I decided to write about it again. The show is called One Day at a Time and I’m really enjoying it. The show is a comedy but also has great lessons packed in every episode.
In the episode “Bobos and Mamitas”, Elena who is in high school, chooses not to wear makeup. Her grandmother, who is a big fan of wearing cosmetics, decides to ask Elena to wear some to school, stating that she will be noticed and more respected. Elena, deciding to take on the task, follows her grandmother’s advice.
Fast forward to when Elena gets home. While she admits that people seemed to take more notice in her (more guys stared at her and called her attractive), she came home having had taken the makeup off. Elena didn’t feel comfortable wearing the stuff and so, she removed it. Her grandmother didn’t understand at first, but soon did. Later that evening, Lydia (Elena’s grandma) showed her granddaughter why she wore makeup – she didn’t feel comfortable without it.
The moral of the story is that no matter what others think, you should do what you feel is best for you. If makeup is something that you use and it makes you feel good, then you should wear it. However, just because everyone else might wear it or because they may say that you should, doesn’t mean you have to.
To be honest, I could completely relate with Elena’s view point. I don’t wear makeup. I only wear lip gloss and that’s when I want. It’s not that I don’t care about how I look or that I think I’m better looking than everyone else (seriously, not the case at all), but rather I don’t wear makeup because: 1) I don’t really feel comfortable wearing it and, 2) I don’t honestly feel like myself. I had a friend in high school put makeup on for me and while I liked how it looked, I just didn’t feel right. I came home and took it off almost immediately.
I think that there are a lot of misconceptions that get thrown around. I’ve heard that if you wear too much makeup, you’re trashy. I’ve also heard that if you don’t wear any, you don’t care about how you look or you think that you think nothing will help you look better (none of which is true for me). I also imagine that some might think that if you don’t wear makeup, you’re showing that you think you’re ‘above’ needing it (again, not true for me either). It’s almost as if some people can’t just accept that we either like wearing makeup or we don’t. Sometimes though, it’s that simple.
Please do what makes you feel comfortable. Don’t let society make you feel like wearing makeup (or not wearing makeup) defines you. Wear it if you want – don’t wear it if you don’t want! After all, it’s your face and you need and should feel comfortable with it!