Makeup, an artistic expression

Lately, there seems to be a lot of backlash against people who wear a lot of makeup and you can see this while surfing the internet, whether it is through ridiculous memes or articles titled, “the kind of makeup men prefer.” But really, who cares, and even more important, who asked? The meme that annoys me the most is the one captioned “this is why we are swimming on the first date,” as I have pictured below.

If these guys think these women are going to take this long to look that good, they better believe their products are going to be waterproof topped with a setting spray that will survive their swimming pool. What ticks me off the most is the shaming of someone’s self expression of being “fake.” One, if you really think a woman’s eyelids are naturally painted black with a cut crease then you have a lot of learning to do about the human face. Two, there’s always this double ended sword of what is too much or too little, so leave it to the individual to decide what is best for them. Three, makeup is really just a form of art, so why hate on it? Would you insult someone who’s painting? Maybe you would, but both makeup and other types of art involve the same processes and application.

For example, contouring is something done in the makeup world that you can find in the glossary of an introductory art course along with many other vocabulary words. The point I’m trying to get at is that everyone expresses themselves in different ways and if that way is by putting on a full drag makeup look, then so be it.




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