I like to paint my face: why I wear makeup

I think one of the most obvious questions that women get is “why are you wearing makeup when everyone likes a natural face”. Look, we know that we look good without it deep down inside but we’re still going to wear it. We joke about looking dead and ghostly, but most of us don’t exactly don’t really believe that. So I’m going to tell you why I love makeup. AHEM, I wear make up because…

I WANT TO. I love makeup. It is so much more than just trying to cover up what you think doesn’t look good or whatever. But let me tell you, it wasn’t always like this. When I was in high school, I very rarely wore makeup. I just didn’t understand it. My friends wore it and I always thought they looked fake. Like plastic dolls or something. It is important to note that we grew up without the huge makeup community on YouTube and social media that teens have access to now. We weren’t good at makeup. It just didn’t make sense in my mind and I didn’t really understand how to wear it. I was also on a small island where everyone knew who I was and what I looked like. I wasn’t trying to impress anyone or really care what people thought. As I grew older and went to college, I realized that the girls all around me are wearing makeup. And a lot of it. So I wanted to fit in but on my own terms. I started pretty natural only wearing a few products like mascara and powder foundation. I just wanted to cover up a little bit.

Then I discovered social media and the amassing beauty community on YouTube that I could learn from. I started watching videos and I became fascinated with it. So, I started buying lipsticks and eye shadow palettes to start playing around with. I didn’t do much but it was a start. I could express my mood and creativity in makeup in a way that I hadn’t been able to before. I have never been good at art and other creative things but I liked being able to sit in front of a mirror and see who I could become. And that was just the beginning. I became obsessed and bought way too much than I should have. I started wearing liquid foundation in the last year or so and now have pretty much everything to follow a YouTube tutorial. But I love it. I get to try new things and show how I am feeling through my makeup. I genuinely enjoy doing it. If I could, I would do my makeup for hours just because that is my time. It’s my time to do something I love and do it for myself. I wear makeup because I feel more creative, powerful and confident. I look like I have my life together and looking in the mirror like that can change how your whole day will go. I feel happier and that I have accomplished something today. It has given me a new found confidence to be who I am and do what I want.

Every women’s journey with makeup is different. Some love it like I do and some do not. Some feel the pressure to wear it and others just don’t give a damn. Men have began to publicly show their love of makeup which is awesome. Whatever you think of what they are doing, again it’s really not up to you. Let us be us. If it gives me confidence and joy on days that are dark and depressing, who are you to say that I am doing too much. I know that I look good without makeup, but I love the person I become when wearing makeup just as much as without.

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