I’ve Made Up My Mind About Making Up My Face

Over the weekend, I found myself thinking about makeup and cosmetics. How did the term “makeup” come about? Is it meant to imply that women are “making up” their sense of self beauty?

And then I started thinking of all the feminist reasonings behind resisting putting on your face and the idea that women should be comfortable just the way they were born: without foundation, bronzer, blush, mascara or lipstick. That not wearing cosmetics was meant to be the true indicator of a girl that is 100% comfortable with herself, and does not need the compliments that stem from a pretty lipstick or glowing complexion. I liked that thought, but I’ll admit that it’s not my primary reason for not wearing makeup.

I’m pro healthy body image, but I’m a practical sort.

So my reasons for not wearing makeup anymore have nothing to do with a feminist agenda, challenging society’s perception of beauty, or trying to be 100% comfortable in my own skin.

First, I honestly have no idea how to apply most cosmetics, including foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush, and eye shadow. I’ve attempted to guess over the years, and that has left me looking like a makeup bag threw up on my face.

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I even would stress out about which product I was supposed to use. Is my skin oily? Am I a warm or a beige? Do I want foam, powder, and liquid make up? Revlon, L’Oreal, Cover Girl, or Maybelline? And what the hell is contouring??

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So I stuck to what I knew, which was mascara and eyeliner, both products which really didn’t do anything for me. One reason, is because I’ve been cursed with the shortest eyelashes in the history of mankind. Mascara only makes my lashes look normal; not lengthy or voluminous, and they definitely don’t look like stilettos.

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I’ve tried numerous expensive brands, and I’ve settled on one that just makes my eyelashes look…. More black?

I perceived eyeliner to be the big game changer in my makeup routine. As long as I had eyeliner on, I felt put together. I didn’t even put it on any other part of my eye besides the waterline, just on top of my lower eyelid. The felt tipped pen never even grazed the surface of my upper lid. All attempts to do a cat-eye or smokey-eye have failed miserably. Clearly, if you didn’t understand before then now you do, my makeup applying skills are few and far between.

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So besides the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing when I put on makeup, it seems to disappear a few hours after I put it on, forcing me to perform a quick re-apply in a dimly lit bathroom over a sink covered in puddles, and of course, making it necessary that I am consistently carrying make up everywhere I go. In the summer, make up just seems to melt off my face during the twenty minute walk to my office. The Summer in Boston humidity really hates my face.

So I ask; if it’s just going to disappear later, I only use two to three products, and I can’t even apply the stuff correctly, why do I even need make up?

So I decided I don’t. So to save my budget and time, I’m not going to wear makeup unless I actually WANT to. No more poking myself in the eye, or allotting 30 minutes to put on my face in the morning as if it’s a necessity.

And I’m not writing this post to announce that I am joining a self beauty campaign in an effort to teach girls to appreciate their natural beauty (even though, I believe that). I’m just posting because, like I say in the behind the blog, I just write to write….

So no, there will not be multiple posts a day, breaking down my experience on the makeup free side of life, with quotes about how I’ve loved feeling comfortable in my own natural skin day after day. Just this one.

But in case you’re wondering, Day 1. I went on a date. It went well. No makeup needed.

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An Apology to the Douchebags: “Sorry MY Hair Shrunk YOUR Boner”

It’s been awhile, and gosh, I don’t know who even reads my blog anyways; but one topic has come to mind that I think can draw attention to a much larger issue at hand: the body image of women, and why some men think their opinion is more important when it comes to OUR bodies.

First, I’d like to reiterate this specific mental shortfall affects only SOME men, specifically the close-minded asshole who wrote about why women should not cut their hair short. In the article, he draws attention to a few women, particularly celebs like Beyonce, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Lawrence, who have cut their hair to obtain a style that THEY want. He then goes on to list why women shouldn’t cut the locks that make this asshole want to screw them: celebs can’t even pull it off, you’ll stand out but not in a good way, and short hair will just amplify your flaws.

I’d like to start off by stating that I am not a radical feminist looking to overthrow the patriarchal gender relations of society. My argument in it’s simplest form is this: any change a woman does to her appearance IS NOT ABOUT YOU OR WHAT YOU WANT. Got it?

Now to proceed.

“If you have any female interaction on social media, whatsoever, you may also have seen Jennifer Lawrence’s new ‘do. Though every chick on the planet begs “Can we just be best friends? Why is she perfect?”, you’d only bang her if she lost ten pounds. Now, shedding some lbs. might not even do it. Should have cut her dessert instead.”

Asshole begins his bash of J-Law by feebly attempting to convince his readers that put simply: no one would ever bang Jennifer Lawrence. Maybe he has a point. Most people in the world wouldn’t want to bang Jennifer Lawrence because they actually want to do things like get to know her, spend time with her, tell her she has a beautiful smile, make sweet love to her and then marry her. Why?? Because people are attracted a girl that has confidence, is courageous, shows compassion for others, has a sense of humor, and doesn’t over-sexualize herself. So sorry J-Law, you’re the girl people want to marry, not just bang. I’m sure that’s killing her on the inside.

“Girls, I’m here to save you from yourself. If you’re a woman in your prime, short hair is an overwhelmingly bad idea.”

He should have added, “because it would shrink my already tiny ass boner and if no name asshole blogger doesn’t like your hair that’s all that matters right?” WRONG. Is he really attempting to tell a girl that may want to get a pixie cut on HER OWN HEAD that she needs to be SAVED from HERSELF?? I’m sorry, but there is a variety of reasons girls would want to cut their hair short and it has NOTHING to do with guys almost ALL of the time. I asked one of my closest, bad-ass and confident girlfriends Alyssa why she cut her hair short and it came down to feeling in control and confident because you can’t hide behind hair. It’s sexy in a different and nontraditional way and it makes her life easier. Did she mention pleasing any of the hundreds of boys that find her sexy and attractive? Nope.

His Response? ““But we don’t cut our hair for men, we cut it for ourselves!” the tired chorus cries out. This isn’t just about impressing guys, though. All of those odd insecurities you have about your looks are only highlighted with short hair. Other girls will notice them immediately as well. If you have bad teeth or some other sort of imperfection, with short hair, you’re putting it front and center. Even if you don’t have a glaring flaw, there’s one thing of which I’m sure: your face is going to look fat.”

So, according to him, short hair only shows off flaws and not things like bright eyes, sexy lips, high cheekbones, slender collarbones, smooth shoulders, crisp jawlines, and dazzling smiles right? I guess that makes sense, I only want to get compliments about my tits and ass anyways, because those are the ones that truly make me feel beautiful.

“There are certain things about girls that a guy only notices if they are spectacular or spectacularly awful…The same logic applies to hair, where outside of blonde, brunette, and easy, the male population will give a collective shrug in regard to her having curled it, straightened it, pulled it up, or having done whatever else she spends an hour and a half doing before she goes out. We only notice the length when it happens to rival our own.”

Ladies, why even try to live up to this idiot’s standards if he is too dumb to notice any of your wonderful qualities that an actual man of character will??

Overall this article shed a lot of light on how some simple minded guys view women, our decisions, and our looks. I’m sure all the women below are DEVASTATED by your article and their choices. They really only wanted to make you happy.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin

Keira

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Halle Berry

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