Let's Talk: Makeup and Feminism

There has been some talk on whether or not wearing makeup goes against the feminist movement. Everybody has the right to their own opinion, no matter where you stand on the issue. So, if you want to open your ears to another opinion, here’s what I have to say about it.

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People have their personal definition of what feminism means to them. But for me, feminism is a movement to create overall equality among all, and for men to be comfortable with the idea of being a feminist. I recently wrote an article on Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign, and I personally believe that her interpretation about the matter brings us to consider other factors that come along with the connotation of “feminism.”

For example, makeup has been around and used to highlight the unique features of individuals all over the globe for centuries. Makeup has become an art as well, allowing people to express themselves for who they are through a new sort of canvas, the face. It is not always about what eyeshadow that magazine told you to wear; it is who you are and how you decide to change the conversation of important matters such as feminism. We should be giving women the options of makeup so they can choose to define beauty the way they believe fit.

We have seen that celebrities are contributing to the #nomakeup trend for quite sometime now. Posting pictures of #nomakeup selfies, embracing their bare face to the public and making a statement to fight for their voice to be heard. But this does not mean that they are against makeup overall. Alicia Keys, for instance, previously announced that she was no longer going to wear makeup on the red carpet or in everyday life. But she responded to the issue saying, “Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup.” She showed the world that she was deciding to take a stance on her own terms. Not because anyone told her to, but because she chose to continue help change the way we talk about beauty in general.

So you decide if you want to wear makeup or keep it natural! I believe that there is more to the idea of feminism than what color of lipstick you choose to wear. There is a saying that women don’t dress for men, they dress for themselves. I believe that people should take this statement and use it to empower women to accept any decision they choose. Wearing makeup or not, you are the apart of the people who can show the world how powerful women are beyond the impossible misogynistic beauty standards.