Before you begin to read this post, make sure you check out my ‘Bare Face is Beautiful’ post which was actually published back in May 2013!
Back in 2013 one of my very first posts was entitled ‘Bare Face is Beautiful’. I wrote it in the midst of the ‘year 10 creative writing movement’ and loved ‘writing to persuade’ and ‘writing to argue’. It’s crazy to think how your own opinions can change in two years and so I thought it would be interesting to reflect on the post and sum up my current perspective.
In the original post I was extremely blunt, new exactly what my opinion was and was not shy in explaining it (YES 15 year old me!). However, whilst emphasising the importance of beauty without make-up, I scrutinized people who did -as I called it- ‘pile it on’. I think it’s easy to forget that not everyone feels as secure (or insecure) as you and I certainly glossed over the fact that I was fine with how I looked without makeup, but that not everyone may feel the same way.
What remains the same in my opinion is my frustration in covering up and becoming ‘flawless’ because ‘that’s just what you do’. It has become so normal that girls as young as eight are seeing these ‘problems’ which they’d rather hide. No doubt that’s because of the media frenzy which takes place the moment any female figure steps out without make-up on….WOW, SHOCK HORROR, RIGHT? Real media is failing us but we’ve always known that (why the hell are we accepting it though?). What comes as more of a surprise is the new generation of media which girls look up to – the bloggers, youtubers and all round internet stars- also heavily failing us.
‘Sorry about my face guys’ – the stand out (and can I point out – most irritating) phrase I’ve heard countless times in many female daily/weekly vloggers. Apologising because you’re filming yourself without makeup on….seriously? It creates this unsaid idea that if you don’t have make-up on you’re somehow bothering other people, yet make-up is supposed to be for your own benefit – because you ‘like it’, right? Surely we’ve all worked out by now if you don’t like a video you can click off, therefore if they don’t like your face they can do just that. Why apologise for your own skin?
Next on the list to ‘sorry about my face’ has to be the ‘everyday make-up routine’. Don’t get me wrong, I watch these but I also watch them knowing how ridiculous and unrealistic they can be. Like I said before, I do get that some people are insecure about their skin etc but through videos showing high coverage foundation, concealer, contouring… (the list goes on) as an ‘everyday’ thing starts to become an expectation. Let’s not forget a huge percentage of people engaging in these internet medias are young girls who really shouldn’t be worrying about saving up for ‘Nars Sheer Glow’ at the age of 12.
So, I guess in reflection of my thoughts previously expressed in ‘Bare Face is Beautiful’ in my heart I still believe in what I said. About not needing any of it, about going back to make-up being a ‘special occasion’ thing instead of an everyday one. About not feeling pressurised to recreate these photoshopped masked celebrities attempting to endorse a perfume, or their latest album, or just themselves as a brand. However, I DO believe in make-up as an extended form of expression – I’m interested to see what shape you draw your winged liner, how dark or not your eyebrows are and if you’re more of a bold or a nude lipstick person.
I guess what I’m trying to say is I don’t want to see a generation of girls grow up scared/unhappy/embarrased to leave the house without make-up on.
Continue the discussion in the comments – I’m interested to hear what you guys think!