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by Erin Maloney
With a quick Google search, you can easily find articles
written by men describing their ideal woman regarding makeup.
In a perfect world, she would look natural by wearing mascara,
concealer, maybe some eyeliner, and obviously having a waxed
upper lip and eyebrows. On the other hand, an almost equal
amount of articles can be found written by women who don’t
appreciate being told what amount of makeup to wear.
So is a woman necessarily a “bad feminist” for wearing
makeup? In my opinion, no. It’s a cardinal rule of feminism to
never do anything with the sole purpose of satisfying men.
Clearly, this rule comes with some exceptions but for the most
part, women should be allowed to look however they feel
comfortable looking. I recently read an article written by a man
who described a girl he knew in his college days. He stated that
she wore makeup every day and he was caught off guard the first
time he saw her without it. According to him, she should have
taken this as a sign that she needs to wear less makeup. This
mindset is incredibly toxic.
In my personal opinion, a woman should be allowed to wear
as much or as little makeup as she please. Makeup isn’t always
necessarily worn to conceal flaws or insecurities, but more often
worn to emphasize the better parts. However, there’s nothing
wrong with wanting to cover a pimple or perfect your eyebrows.
In my experience, my goal regarding makeup has never been to
completely lie about my appearance or be deceitful. I enjoy
caking my face just for the fun of it, even if I’m not going
anywhere. People who wear makeup only have good intentions-
to feel better about themselves and/or have fun applying it.