Should we be encouraged to wear make- up?

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Alex Jones

I’m male. I also don’t wear make up (apart from when I have a very large and obvious spot and for a brief spell during my ‘emo phase’ where I thought that putting on eye liner that made me look like a drag queen was a good idea). Some might say that I don’t really have a right to discuss whether women should wear make up – and in a way, they’re right. It’s not my body and people should not judge other people on how they act or what they choose to do with themselves. However, there’s nothing to stop me from giving my opinion on the subject, especially because I really love to judge people.

From what I see, wearing make up is a lot like wearing clothes. When we’re on a night out or off to a special occasion, we like to dress up and look smart. We look good when we’re smart and so we feel good about ourselves. Nothing wrong with that – there’s a reason no one likes going out in their pyjamas when they’ve just woken up, whether that be male or female. So you know what? If it makes you feel good to wear make up, go for it.  Personally, I can’t think of anything worse than spreading a load of animal tested (sometimes) gunk all over my face, but hey, I’ve come to terms with my ugliness.

However, I do think it becomes a problem when girls are ashamed to not wear make up. Why would you be ashamed of your naked face? It’s what you look like. What’s more, again, speaking only from personal opinion – I have seen a number of girls wearing ‘going out make up’ (heaps and tons of make up), ‘day make up’ (subtly touching up with ‘foundation’, whatever that is) and ‘monster’ (no make up). The weird thing is, I don’t really notice a difference. Sure, I’m partial to a bit of eyeliner or eyeshadow on a girl, but that’s only because I really fancy goths, not because your eyes are suddenly the most beautiful thing in the world.

You know, I could sugarcoat this and say that no one should wear make up because you’re all beautiful. I’m not going to. One person might say you look like an angel, another might see you and turn to their friend saying, ‘Eurgh, did you see what just crawled out of Room 1 like the Creature from the Black Lagoon?’  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – you’re not going to please everyone. Go ahead, wear make up if it makes you happy – but I guarantee you, it’s not making nearly as much difference as you think it is.

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