Recently Alicia Keys launched the #nomakeupmovement. She is quoted as saying, “Every time I left the house I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup. What if someone took my picture, what if someone posted it?” She goes on to say that too much of her thoughts about herself were centered around what other people thought of her.
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) May 4, 2016
However, not everyone is in support of this movement. Some women are saying that not everyone is as beautiful as Alicia Keys, and therefore, need makeup. Since when is Ms. Keys’ facial features the ruling standard on beauty? She is gorgeous and since you and I may not share those features, are we ugly? Certainly not! Flowers are not identical but they are each beautiful in their own way.
Beauty is defined as the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses. Whose “senses” this refers to, it doesn’t say, perhaps because it’s relative and the standard on what beauty is differs from culture to culture.
The no make-up movement hits close to home for me. I spent almost 20 years hating the way I looked, hating myself. I used to wear lipstick, eyeliner, and eye shadow when I was a junior high school student in a desperate attempt to be pretty. The constant bullying that I received didn’t help much either. Now when I think back on it, I get mad. What kind of world do we live in where children, or in my case, a young teen has to wear makeup because she feels like she is not good enough?
Let’s play a game I like to call “find the flaws,” and see what’s “wrong” with me – at least, according to society’s standards.
I just took this photo a moment ago. I’m wearing a swimsuit (don’t worry) but look at my face; I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup so here’s the flaws I found:
- Crow’s feet at the corners of my eyes. Fix: Cover up or even Botox.
- Dark shadows around my eyes (no I’m not an addict, this actually runs in my family!) Fix: Cover up or concealer. Some would bleach their skin.
- Thin lips. Fix: A lip filler or plumping lipstick.
- My eyebrows are uneven and there’s no real shape. Fix: Eyebrow pencil.
- My nose is too wide. Fix: I’d need to contour.
I could just go on and on, but by the time I was done covering all my “imperfections,” I would no longer be me, and unless I’m on the run from someone that’s not going to happen.
That’s not to say I don’t wear makeup at all, I carry my makeup bag in case the mood strikes. If I’m feeling like some eyeliner or red lip stain, I’m always prepared. Who doesn’t love a good mascara to make the eyes pop? I just happen to love me with all my imperfections even more.
Wear makeup because you want to not because you think you have to. I wish I would have known then what I know now, something that the #nomakeupmovement is trying to show women and little girls everywhere — that they are beautiful with or without all the extras.
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