I don't wear makeup because I feel I need it. I wear it because I love it. Makeup is fun, it can turn me into a totally different person from one day to the next. But in a world where girls and women are shamed for wearing "too much makeup", it seems a lot of people just don't understand our reasons for piling on the slap.
I wear full makeup every day and have done so for about a year now. No matter where I'm going, I will still take the time to blend my foundation, paint on my brows and smoke out my eyeshadow, whether I'm out on the razz (rare) or just popping to Asda (most likely.)
In fact, my idea of minimal makeup is still full foundation, eyebrows and mascara, which gives you an idea of just how much makeup I like to wear.
Note how I said 'like' to wear? Well that's exactly the point. As I already mentioned, I love makeup. I love the smell of a Too Faced palette, the taste of a Benefit lipgloss and the creamy texture of a MAC lipstick when swiped across my lips. I love making an impression on people, hearing "I love your eyeshadow!"
Makeup to me is more than just a hobby or a guilty pleasure, I feel it's a way of expressing myself day in, day out. Do I want to look sassy today, with smoky red eyeshadow and dark lips? Or do I want to look sweet, with ballerina-pink cheeks and delicately winged eyeliner? I start each day with a blank canvas of pale skin and freckles staring back at me from the mirror as I decide who I want to be that day.
For me, makeup is also a way of escaping. If I'm upset or bored, I'll sit and swatch colours down my arms and legs, or turn myself into Kylie Jenner for an hour or so with nude eyeshadow and liquid lipsticks. I'll simply play.
So many people just don't understand this! You see posts on Facebook all the time with the caption 'this looks better than this', comparing a natural brow to a fully fleeked one. Comments from men such as "take her swimming on the first date", as if to imply that there's something hideous lurking beneath our flawless contour.
Girls who wear makeup are not ugly or insecure. Yes, a lot of people who wear makeup use it to hide blemishes or to feel more confident, but what's wrong with that? If you feel more confident as 'Alice the Glow Queen Unicorn Princess YAAAS' rather than just 'Alice', then you shouldn't let anybody take that away, ever. And if you don't wear makeup? That's also awesome. Just keep doing you, boo.
So I will never, ever let anybody dull my sparkle by telling me I wear too much makeup. I'll simply smile, then throw glitter at them. That'll show them.
Keep glowing bitches.