There's a lot of criticism to be voiced regarding assumptions folks often make based on appearances. But comments about my makeup irritate me more than most. This is often because people (mainly men, quite frankly) are seemingly trying to disguise their critiques as compliments when it comes to my heavily made-up visage.
Maybe said humans genuinely believe that their attempts at dismissing makeup as a patriarchal tool and/or a show of insecurity are going to change the world positively. Maybe they think those comments about "natural beauty" are helping women feel comfortable with themselves. But if they do, they are very often wrong.
Wearing a full face of makeup can be a feminist act. It can be body positive, and it can be empowering. But even if it wasn't, it's no one else's business how you choose to maintain your face. The reasons for women wearing makeup are entirely their own, but I promise you that, from my experiences, most women aren't wearing makeup to impress dudes. I know for a fact that any of my male ex's wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Russian Red and Ruby Woo, while plenty of the women in my life would.
Regardless of whether makeup is "for men" or not, however, many people will always find a need to cast their uncomfortable opinions on anything women do. These are just a few of the creepy comments women who wear a lot of makeup hear on the daily, and that honestly need to stop coming out of mouths immidiately.
1. "You don't need all of that."
I don't need to own six different faux fur coats, but you know why I do? Because I like them. This should be more than enough of an answer for anyone.
2. "Who are you trying to impress?"
The girl who serves me at my local cafe, actually. She always has the most impressive highlighter on.
3. "I like natural makeup."
Then I suggest you invest in a good concealer and mascara, and leave me to my own routine.
4. "This is why I take a girl swimming on the first date."
Don't worry. If said girl has a good enough setting spray, that swimming date will make no difference to her full face of makeup.
5. "Anyone can look good with enough makeup on."
I know! Isn't it wonderful?
But, actually, anyone can look good with or without makeup. Because, you know, beauty is entirely subjective and socially constructed.
6. "It's fake."
As fake as my acrylic nails, bleached hair, and faux fur coats, you mean?
7. "Men don't like that much makeup."
Maybe they should experiment with BB creams until they find the right coverage for them, then.
8. "What do you have to hide?"
Makeup doesn't hide anything, IMO. It takes very little imagination to picture what a face with makeup on would look like without it.
9. "You are lying to people."
If you genuinely believe that my cheekbones are naturally this shimmery, then we need to sit down for a legitimate chat.
10. "You must be insecure."
The correlation between my self-esteem and the amount of makeup on my face is nonexistent.
11. "You look better without it."
Regardless of your opinion on my face, I prefer wearing makeup so I shall continue to do so.
Hopefully you find it easy to be quick-witted with your comebacks when people feel the need to voice their opinions on your makeup. But if not, please be comforted in the knowledge that your makeup is an art form. And that nobody can take it away from you.
Images: Georgina Jones