She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful

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I love makeup. To be honest, love may be an understatement. I am kind of obsessed with it. I can spend hours watching makeup tutorial videos and even more time experimenting on my own face with new colors and techniques. On a daily basis I wear a full face of makeup. This includes, primer, concealer, foundation, contour powders, setting powders, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, brow liner and powder, and setting spray. I don’t think this is weird, and I also don’t think it’s anyone’s business to tell me I look better without it or that I’m tricking them by wearing it.

I started wearing makeup when I was about twelve years old. I just don’t feel comfortable without it. I have a lot of discoloration on my skin, and because of my endometriosis have suffered from really bad bouts of acne — yes, even as an adult (ugh). I know that I don’t look terrible without makeup, I’m just confident with it. But, what I still don’t understand is why I should have to feel bad for that.

I frequently see comments on makeup videos or memes, and even songs about how ‘You would look so much better without all that makeup’ or, ‘You don’t know you’re beautiful, so that’s why you’re covering your face in all that stuff.’ There’s also the whole ‘See, this is why men don’t trust women’ thing.

First of all, to every person who has ever said any of these things: Fuck off. First things first, I am beautiful. You don’t get to define my beauty for me. I do. Second of all, if you have trust issues based on the ‘illusion’ of makeup then I get to have trust issues based on stupid shit too. How about the fact that you wear basketball shorts but don’t play basketball… woah buddy, that’s causing us women some serious issues here.

Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Men, if you don’t like women who wear a lot of makeup, don’t date them. Women, if you want to wear makeup, wear it. If you don’t… don’t.

Women’s appearances in all respects, are not subjects for others to comment on. We are not a commodity for your consumption and pleasure. We are humans. We have the same right to enjoy life how we choose, and if we decide to enjoy it in makeup or a short dress, leave us alone and let us live.

And dear One Direction and all other boy bands… we are allowed to know we’re beautiful… sit down.

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Colleen Rae : Artist. Writer. Feminist. Wizard.