Thursday, 26 February 2015

'Your wearing so much makeup!'

So on this Talkative Thursday I thought I would address an issue that I have been hearing a lot through out the ages and that is the stigma against makeup and makeup artists.

I started to wear makeup when I was 15 but since then the amount of makeup and the variety of colours I wear has vastly grown over the past 3-4 years. I am not going to go into my makeup journey in too much detail because I want to save that for a more positive post, but the gist of it is that when I was 15 I would only wear mascara, then when I was 16 I started to play around with neutral eyeshadows and bronzer and lastly when I turned 17 I started to wear lipstick, had more confidence to wear colourful and brighter colours and also really started to try more technical looks when it came to eyeshadow and contour. Again I am going to save this for a whole different post but the point I am trying to make is that I wear makeup, have worn it for a couple years and feel that I have grown in confidence since then and it shows on ma face.

Online I see so many comments on great makeup looks that show so much skill, beautifully applied and look great saying 'you look better without makeup', 'you shouldn't wear makeup', 'cakeface', 'your wearing so much makeup' and it makes me sick. All of these comments just look at the fact that there is makeup on the face and then comment. Its the equivalent of you having an argument and bringing up great points but someone completely ignores what is being said and just complains about the fact that you are arguing... it is so ignorant. I am now going to take the time to address some of these comments.

'You look better without makeup'
It might not have been meant to be rude but it comes across as a backhanded compliment and I will explain why. One, if someone is sharing a picture of their makeup they do not care whether they look better with no makeup, they are taking the time to show you what they are proud of and you have just shut down their work. Two, if they are not purposely showing you their makeup they just are wearing makeup in a photo that they have decided put online then they are obviously happy with the way they look enough to share it with the world, they do not need your comment about the fact they look better with no makeup because they have it on and they are content with the way they look with it on.

'You shouldn't wear makeup'
Do not tell people what they can and can't do period. If they want to wear makeup they can, if they don't want to wear makeup then they don't have to. You do not own them and therefore your comment is irrelevant. If you believe that makeup is wrong or just don't like it that is perfectly fine but don't make others change because of your beliefs, they are your beliefs not theirs. Just like you have the right not to wear makeup they have the right to wear makeup its as simple as that.

Excuse you? This comment really grinds my gears because the majority of the time this is used is when the person is wearing a very technical look, possibly a cut crease or sharp contour but because this is all too much for this commenter to handle they just put 'cakeface'. It is rude and disrespectful to anyone who wears makeup especially to makeup artists as this is their craft.

'Your wearing so much makeup'
It annoys me so much when people don't look at the technique or look of the makeup, all they care about is the amount that they are wearing. Its like a plus sized women wearing a beautiful stunning dress that makes her look amazing and radiant but all people care about is the size of the dress, just plain disrespectful. The majority of the time this is used is when the person isn't even wearing that much makeup but the colours are bright or dark. I have seen people who just wear eyeliner, lashes and a bright lip being told that they plaster on too much makeup, how does that make any amount of sense. Sometimes I see people tell someone only wearing mascara, eyeliner and foundation that they are wearing so much makeup just because the foundation is the wrong shade, tell them that the foundation is the wrong shade don't tell them that they are wearing too much makeup because those are two completely different things.

Even thought this post so far has seemed all directed towards the haters of the beauty community there are people who have genuine questions which I would like to address as well because if you are genuinely asking someone why they wear makeup without any negative connotations than I feel that's okay. I am not a angry dragon lady who shoots down anyone who doesn't like makeup haha I am far from that, I don't wear makeup everyday. If someone just personally doesn't like makeup I'm cool with it nor am I saying the whole world should love makeup as much as I do because everyone is entitled to there opinions just as long as they don't shove them down other peoples throats. I will now answer some genuine questions to balance out the negativity because that is not what I want to get out of this post.

'Why do you wear makeup?'
I wear it because I like the way it looks. I see makeup as art but on a different canvas, it takes a lot of skill to do certain looks and I love the final product. What I wear on my face largely depends on what goes with my outfit because I feel that it all flows together nicely, like what shoes you wear. You could get a whole different look for your outfit purely based on the makeup you wear.

'Does society pressure you into wearing makeup?'
Nope,  I don't feel like I NEED makeup to go outside or need it to make me feel good about myself or to hide my insecurities I mean I don't even wear foundation or concealer and with the amount of blemishes that I have other people probably would, I just feel very claustrophobic with it on. I don't have a thing against people who wear foundation, I like the way it looks on others and how it smooths out your face but its just not for me.

'Have Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers impacted you wearing makeup?'
Yes but not in the way that you think. I watch beauty YouTubers more to get inspiration and learn techniques rather than copy what they do step by step. By watching makeup artists (both theatrical, special effects and beauty) and also people who are just good at makeup it has given me the confidence to be more free with my makeup wearing brighter colours that I never thought I could pull of years ago to now being known for my lipstick its crazy. When doing makeup its very easy to stay in your little box of what you know so by watching YouTubers, looking and reading beauty bloggers posts it has really made be come out of my shell as try a lot more products, techniques and looks and because of this I feel like I have my own makeup style which is awesome.

So you see questions about makeup doesn't need to be negative, I love makeup I feel like its a craft that I really want to delve more into and grow as possibly a freelance makeup artist, its a passion of mine and I don't think that will ever stop.

Hope this was enlightening and made you think a bit more about what you say on the internet or even in real life because some things can be hurtful whether you mean it to be or not. I also hope you found my tiny Q&A interesting too hehe I really want to do more of them in the future.


  1. Wow, this post is perfect love it. <333
    New post is online... Lovely greets Nessa

  2. Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it :)

  3. Great points!

    I also hate those memes people have made about successful makeup bloggers on YouTube with a pic of before and after and then the caption "that's why you take her swimming on the first date"

  4. Exactly, if she is comfortable taking her makeup off for the world to see, it is horrible for someone to just knock her confidence by saying this.