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I am very confused. Do people actually believe that women have bright blue eyelids, drastically red lips and perfectly rosy cheeks? I desperately hope not, because then we’d have a much bigger problem on our hands. What the issue seems to be, rather, is that certain members of society are not confused, but upset that women possess the almighty power of altering their appearance on a day to day basis, and thus feel cheated because they are unable to decipher what women naturally look like underneath their makeup. Cries of “That’s false advertising!”, “This is why I have trust issues!” and more disgusting phrases are heard uproariously within these groups of agitated citizens, causing numerous eye rolls and scoffs within the female community. Wearing makeup is not lying. Women are not a product to be consumed and judged based solely on appearance. 

I don’t want men to think that we’re picking on them, because we’re not. The majority of you are lovely and realize the ridiculousness of your testosterone-filled comrades, and women everywhere thank you for that. However, statistically speaking, the majority of people who have this opinion are, in fact, men. That being said, though, I have actually heard women argue the same opinion.

I have heard many men and some women (usually the ones who don’t wear makeup and insist upon “letting their natural beauty shine through” (You go, Glen Coco.)) scoff at their makeup-wearing counterparts, asking them “why do you need makeup to feel pretty?” or “wearing that much makeup is kind of a lie, you know.”

First off, ladies, please don’t drag your fellow women, or, anyone, for that matter. Women have worked hard and long to be able to wear whatever they want and not worry about how people respond to it. Girls wear makeup because it’s fun, makes them feel good and it’s an overall self-confidence booster. So, when you see someone wearing makeup while you are wearing none, don’t nag about how she’s “false advertising.” Instead, think “Wow, that eyeliner really makes her eyes pop!” or “Wow, her eyebrows are on FLEEK!”

Also, while I have your attention, I would like to draw upon the insane double standard associated with makeup. People of all shapes and sizes say time and time again how they think a woman should do her makeup, unnecessarily sharing various judgments of how much makeup THEY think a woman should be wearing. But women can’t win–too much means they’re easy or “fake;” while too little means they’re plain or “ugly.” Again, please let people do whatever they please. They’re doing it to please themselves, not everyone else.

We need to eradicate this stigma. Women, again, wear makeup because it’s fun, playful and it makes them feel good about themselves. Just because it does not appeal to some does not mean they should be allowed to dictate how a person should do their makeup.

So, ladies and gents, I leave you with this: don’t criticize anyone for wearing makeup or not wearing makeup. You don’t know the reasons behind someone’s choice to look the way they do, and judging someone based off these unknown reasons is unfair. 

Ladies, go out and strut your stuff. You look ***flawless. 

Emily is a part-time coffee addict and a full-time English and Public Relations student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys all things punny, intersectional feminism, Chrissy Teigen's tweets and considers herself a bagel & schmear connoisseur. You can probably find her either listening to the Hamilton soundtrack or binge watching The Office for the thousandth time
Emily Gerber is a Creative Advertising and English double major at Virginia Commonwealth University. She likes to refer to herself as “Tom Hanks’ adopted daughter,” and is a self-proclaimed succulent mom who takes care of the numerous small cacti living on the windowsill in her apartment. Emily appreciates people who *attempt* to beat her at Disney trivia and wants to dedicate all of her articles to her dog, Daisy.
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