Makeup a form of art


By Jeanette Fritz

On an average day, I will spend the better half of 30 minutes perfecting my winged eyeliner and making sure my blush looks like baked apricot instead of Bozo the Clown, but by no means am I doing this for some boy.

Back in December, I came across a Tumblr post of a woman who applied makeup to half her face and left the other half bare.

The picture was shocking, and the comments sparked a rage deep inside me.

Common belief is that women who wear makeup are lying to men about how they look. Thus, leaving us more attractive.

I am confident without a dozen makeup products on my face, but there’s a different type of confidence that comes with a great mascara and a MAC-brand eyeshadow — the kind of confidence that makes me feel sexier than Beyoncé.

The point is that women wear makeup to feel good about themselves and not to please others.

“When used appropriately it shows your features from God,” said Jackie Pasko, junior early childhood education major.

Everyone can see how amazing your cheek bones are when they aren’t focused on the dark circles that you have covered up.

Flaws are altered in a way that makes women confident.

Makeup is a way to have fun and play with how you look without permanent results, unlike plastic surgery. The problem comes when people think women are supposed to look a certain way. Women are pressured by society to have flawless skin, perfect eyebrows and a power pout.

Men oftentimes idolize celebrity women who have a 10-person crew behind their beauty. Those women are glammed up for business marketing; it isn’t their true image.

“It [makeup] needs to be worn so I’m not judged,” said Katie Lahman, sophomore early childhood education major.

We want to look and feel like the best version of ourselves. Makeup is neither a lie nor a trap to reel in unsuspecting men; it is simply a confidence boost.

The level of beauty the girl next door should be required to obtain shouldn’t be as high as celebrities.