Don’t Tell Me I’m Wearing Too Much Makeup

Don't Tell Me I'm Wearing Too Much Makeup

Sarah Obermeyer, Staff Writer

Don’t tell me I’m wearing too much makeup.

Honestly, this is a simple thing to ask of someone, but it seems like people just love giving their two cents; even at the expense of others.

For many girls, makeup is not only a hobby, but a way of self expression. To others, makeup is seen as a way to gain attention. When my makeup is looking a little extra, I’m constantly bombarded with, “Who do you look nice for?” The answer is simple: myself. That’s it, there’s nothing more to it. It’s become a problem that girls are seen as “attention seeking” or “vain” because they like to wear makeup. The way someone chooses to express themselves should not define the person that they are.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Boys like natural girls more.”

I know my makeup is by no means “natural” and truthfully, I don’t care. I wear makeup because, here’s a shocker, I like to do makeup! Isn’t that crazy? I’m doing something for myself, for my own enjoyment, and not to make other people happy. 

I have come to terms with the way I was made. I have a crooked nose because I’ve been hit it so many times, my face always seems to be breaking out, and I’m covered in freckles. That being said, the reason I wear makeup isn’t to cover those flaws; I’ve made peace with the way I am. I wear makeup because it’s fun, and I love applying it.

Makeup is always a personal choice. Everyone should have the right to feel equally comfortable out in public either wearing no makeup, or with a “caked on” face. Recently, I’ve been feeling like I can’t make anyone happy with my personal makeup decisions. I either go out without wearing any and all I hear is:

“You look tired.”

“Are you sick?”

“You would look better today with a hint of mascara or concealer.”

Or, I go out with full eye makeup and red lipstick and I hear:

“Your lips are too bold.”

“Your makeup is too dark.”

“I can see you’re wearing makeup. You should put less on to make it more subtle.”

I am fed up with the fact that people think that they get to decide how my face looks. At the end of the day, I can’t make everyone happy. So rather than trying to please everyone with my decisions, I’m going to make them for myself. If I am comfortable with the way I look in public, that’s the end of the story. It’s my face, and my personal decisions should not affect those around me. If I’m okay with leaving the house looking a certain way, that’s what I’m going to do and no one else will be the deciding factor.

I wear makeup for me. That’s it. Nothing anyone says will ever change the way I do my makeup, and I will do what I want until the day someone flushes my eyeshadow palettes down the toilet. I’ll work my bright colored lipstick, highlighted cheekbones, and dark eyebrows until I no longer desire that look. And then, when I’m bored, I’ll change my look again.

Watch me.