Before we advance further into this topic, it’s best to know how makeup came about and why. The Egyptians is said to be the ones who invented the art of wearing make-up. The use of make-up varied, from being a part of a ritual, used for medicinal purposes, to indicate stature in society, for performances and also worn to symbolize going into war.
Today, make-up is commonly worn by women all over the world. Many women are known to spend a bomb every year just buying cosmetic products. There are some
There are some who wear them occasionally and then there are those who religiously wear them every single day and will never step out of the house without. Why is this so?
For the longest time, society has been setting standards for beauty. Especially today, where the media constantly feeds us with false-images of what it means to be beautiful- Flawless skin, high cheek bones, sharp jawlines, fair skin, eyebrows on fleek etc. So it’s no wonder many women today depend on make-up to make them look beautiful—Beautiful in the eyes of society.
They wear make-up to make their eyes look bigger and they fill their eyebrows to make them thicker. They also wear concealer to conceal their freckles and acne, and contour and highlight to restructure their entire face without going under the knife—It’s like magic!
And all because society and media have pointed out that THAT is beautiful. These insecurities sparked by standards and falsehood (air-brushing and photoshop) is very real, damaging and it’s definitely such a heart-breaking state to be in.
‘The Power Of Make-Up’ was recently trending on the internet a while ago to shut-down make-up shamers for a good reason because many women who are advocates of make-up believe that it is empowering for them as it boosts their confidence, it’s fun to put on and some even consider it as a form of expression or art. I myself wear make-up sometimes for those very reasons but also occasionally choose to go out in public without too.
I myself wear make-up sometimes for those very reasons but also occasionally choose to go out in public without too.
However, how long do women especially those who struggle with low self-esteem and insecurities actually feel empowered by The Power Of Make-up? The answer is obviously ‘only when they wear it’ and that really shouldn’t be the case! Why can’t we be empowered ALL the time even without make-up? It’s very sad to be uncomfortable in our own skin and hate the skin we are living in that we need to wear a mask over it all the time. We’re not perfect—Nobody is.
Why can’t we be empowered ALL the time even without make-up? It’s very sad to be uncomfortable in our own skin and hate the skin we are living in that we need to wear a mask over it all the time. We’re not perfect—Nobody is.
So women do not need to rely solely on the power of make-up to empower them because we’re all capable of empowering ourselves without. In order to do that, we need to stop letting the media and society define what it means to be beautiful for us— And start defining it ourselves. If you don’t like to wear make-up, it’s fine. If you love to wear make-up, it’s fine too! At the end of the day, that’s not going to be what validates who
If you don’t like to wear make-up, it’s fine. If you love to wear make-up, it’s fine too! At the end of the day, that’s not going to be what validates who you are.
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