Let’s talk about makeup. Why do we wear the stuff in the first place? For me, there are so many reasons. It’s not just a matter of smearing expensive creams and pore minimizers on my face to be pretty or presentable. I wear the deliciously scented products because it makes me feel beautiful; that’s not to say I don’t feel beautiful without it-- don’t get so carried away. But makeup makes me feel like the best and most fun version of myself. It kind of puts me into a character-- like I’m someone else yet also myself. I don’t know if that makes sense, but for me, that’s definitely the best way to describe it.
Growing up, I wasn’t even allowed to touch makeup. I went through little phases as I got older though: way too much eyeliner, not enough concealer, too much contour, unlined red lipstick bleeding off my lips, you name it-- I did it badly. I was terrible at applying my makeup for just a little while though; I learned quickly. Shortly after my 21st birthday, I began to focus more, watching Youtubers, finding neat little tips and tricks. I really fell in love with how my makeup made me feel. I liked the way it allowed me to turn my own intensity up and down, depending on my mood. It was as though I was a “better” version of myself with my face on, even though I knew I was beautiful without it too.
Makeup’s origins stemming all the way back to ancient Egypt. Both men and women throughout the years have worn makeup to signify nobility and class, to intensify beauty, and even to demonstrate power. We all have our own reasons for both wearing and not wearing makeup, and here are the voices of 10 women to explain why makeup/no makeup looks help them feel like their best selves.
It doesn’t take much to understand where Gangi is coming from. Makeup takes time and effort, and I can heavily relate to the me-time. I sing my heart out when doing my makeup.
We don’t always have perfect skin, but makeup can help us feel better about our little imperfections. Not wearing makeup is beautiful, no matter our blemishes, but makeup helps us feel just a bit more ourselves.
Penico’s lashes are some of the longest I have ever seen (courtesy of great genes and incredible mascaras) and accompanying her big, blue eyes, you can’t really go wrong. She actually taught me how to do a lot of my makeup in college, and I can 100 percent agree that makeup puts the pep in my step.
Cunningham’s reasons for using makeup are ones that any business woman in today’s world can relate to. It is so much better to know your own skin and what looks best on you than to always have your looks applied by someone else. It leads to growth and adaptation of styles best suited to you and what better way to look fierce as heck.
Lopez knows she is gorgeous and just uses makeup to take her looks to the next level. That’s a really healthy way of doing things, and I can’t help but relate. A fresh face with a dash of mascara-- just like she says-- is one of the best day-to-day looks in my experience.
Of all the differences between these women, from skin type to hair color, three things stand out to me most in the reasons we both wear and don’t wear makeup.
It boosts our confidence.
Mascara is a longtime favorite.
We don’t need makeup to feel beautiful.
Women wear makeup not because we feel we need to, but because we want to. We are raised to use it for elevating and intensifying our looks, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We love each other, we love our products, and we love ourselves. Makeup brings womankind together both when we do and don’t use it. I think that’s pretty powerful.