Stop Makeup Shaming

by Leah Peloff ‘18

The number of times I have heard people say “she wears too much makeup, it’s false advertisement,” or, “maybe she would be pretty if she wore some makeup” is absurd. Wear too much and people think you’re fake, wear none at all and people judge you for not trying hard enough. Although I agree completely that everyone should feel confident in their own skin, someone deciding to apply a full coverage foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick does not mean they wish to be someone they are not. For many, makeup is an art, a way to express oneself, or simply a little boost of their confidence. On the other hand, going completely bare-faced does not necessarily mean one disregards their personal appearance; what is so wrong with being content with oneself au natural?

This issue is much larger than simply whether or not one applies makeup every morning. In our society, people are so quick to judge someone else’s daily decisions, especially in regards to their outer appearance, but the real fact of the matter is that what someone else decides to do with their body is completely their choice and no one elses in the slightest. We, as a society, need to learn to accept this and stop shaming others for the little things that make them happy