Beauty ideals have changed throughout history but the concept never differs – redder lips, redder cheeks and lining your eyes. However, lately, I’ve noticed a stigma going around where people shame other people for liking makeup. It’s as if putting makeup on to have fun is a shameful thing. I often hear people say that people only wear makeup to impress the opposite sex but why would people own 78 lipsticks to impress someone who doesn’t know the difference between Maybelline’s Touch of Spice and MAC’s Twig?

Is it so hard to wrap around the concept that people wear makeup for themselves? Don’t you think that maybe someone doesn’t wear makeup for their significant other or friends or strangers? If I put on some bright red lipstick, it's because I want to. If I decide to spend an hour blending a perfect smokey eye, it’s because I like it.

But the thing that bothers me the most is that people don’t seem to understand makeup isn’t for people who want to hide their insecurities or impress other, but it is about highlighting ones best qualities, not hiding your worst. Sure, it's great to conceal a pimple here or there, but makeup isn't about putting on a mask; it's about learning how to emphasize your favorite things about yourself. Let your eyebrows be on fleek and may your eyeliner be so sharp it can cut a man!

Makeup can boost ones confidence; it can make you feel secure about yourself. Don’t get me wrong, there are people who wouldn’t be caught dead without concealer or without a swipe from their favourite MLBB lipstick but a lot of people don’t wear makeup 24/7 (no one should!)

 The art of makeup and how it can mean so many different things to different people –a passion, a hobby, a collectors topic for some, a creative outlet for others. However one thing is for certain, you shouldn’t be afraid of what other people think; embrace the confidence it gives you and create your own standard of beauty. 

Published by Ghela Marie