Hey popcorns! 🍿
Welcome back to another post from me that is
for the first time in forever on time! Before we begin (no long intros today) I just want to say this post is not meant to offend or upset anyone, I just have had this topic on my mind for a while and I haven’t done a discussion post yet so let’s get straight into this!
Wait, wait! One more thing: I would love if you took time to answer the questions at the end of this post in a comment, I really want to hear everyone’s thoughts! 😊
Also this post is going to be split into three parts: intro, why it’s you best friend, why it’s your worst enemy! Enjoy everyone 👀
Makeup. Some of us wear it everyday, some of us wear it o ly on special occasions and some of us don’t wear it all. First of all: what is it?
If you read the excite definition you will see it says to enhance or altar the appearance, which is honestly crazy because the fact we have the power to change how we look, is that a curse or a miracle? You tell me.
I was watching a skincare video with a famous teen influencer the other day and she was saying how she was getting crazy breakouts but there was nothing she could do because she was filming and ‘has to wear makeup.’
Now just take a second and analyse the way she phrases that, the fact that she said ‘because I have to wear makeup’. Now that’s wrong. Makeup is amazing, don’t get me wrong but look at what it is doing. People feel like they have to wear makeup, they are not even wearing it for themselves. She feels like she has to cover up for the world and not show her real self.
Now before I completely lose my focus here (this is the problem with discussion posts it literally feels like I’m just jumping from one train of controversial topics to another) let’s get straight into the whole title of the post!
Makeup: Your Best Friend
Or Your Worst Enemy ? 😇
Makeup can be your best friend, here’s why I think this…
Makes your feel beautiful. Sometimes it feels like when you put makeup on you feel beautiful and free and young. I remember meeting up with my friends (a distant memory in the past… *dramatic sob*) and I’d always do my makeup, not too much of course, and I’d just feel on top of the world. I wouldn’t be shy or self conscious, I loved it!
Facial flaws? What are they? Makeup can be like waving a magic wand at all those flaws that repeatedly absorb your self esteem until there’s just nothing left. Whether it be acne or dark circles, we all have flaws that we’d love to be able to cover up. Our flaws are our biggest downfall sometimes, and then someone comes along and holds up a bottle and says ‘rub this all over your face and there won’t be any more flaws to worry about’, I mean no one would say no. We love makeup because it gets rids of the tiny flaws that massively effect us.
Helps to express yourself. Makeup, not for everyone, can be a massive outlet for some people. As a musician would play their instrument and a writer would, well, write, a makeup artist would make up. I literally make no sense, I’m sorry! Whether it be making a statement with glittering gold eye shadow and thick eye liner or keeping it low-key with some matte palettes, I feel you can see what type of person is from their makeup.
Can improve self esteem. This totally contradict what I’m going to say below but I feel they both have a massive point. When someone spots an imperfection on their face that other people most likely wouldn’t have seen it officially becomes the biggest spot in the world or the darkest circle ever seen to man, but that is just human nature. We spot our flaws before we even begin looking for perfections. Makeup, however, can be quick to cover all that up away from our sight. This immediately makes us feel better because we know no-one else can see it, we’re relieved.
Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Enemy? 👿
Makeup can be your worst enemy, here’s why I think this…
Makes your flaws even worse. Putting on makeup is actually a really twisted cycle, when you put on makeup to cover a breakout you end up causing a bigger and even more vicious breakout which you then cover with makeup again and the cycle goes over… and over… and over.
Can make skincare a waste of time. A majority of people do not clean off their makeup properly using a two-way cleaning system, our pores are full of dirt and makeup and then you do your usual skincare but your pores can’t absorb any of the products because they haven’t been properly cleansed, which basically means that £5.99 you spent on the cleanser just slipped down the drain!
Causes an addiction. People literally get addicted to makeup, I know someone who won’t open the door to the postmen if they aren’t wearing makeup like ‘you say what?!’. People get so used to themselves with makeup on that the thought of not wearing it is frightening and honestly that just makes me so sad, like just generally upset about what this is doing to people.
Completely destroys, bulldozes and shatters the idea of self love. This is one that irks me, you have to love yourself. Really, you need to learn to love yourself before you learn to love other people. How can you love yourself when you look in the mirror and the face looking back at you isn’t familiar? How can ou love yourself when your insecurities are higher than ever? How can you love yourself when you are relying on something else to make you feel beautiful? Loving yourself isn’t just about the physical appearance side but it makes up half of it.
Makeup: Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Enemy?
Now to conclude, I still am unsure about how I feel about this yet. I’m definitely leaning towards the enemy side but there is really no right or wrong, I really hope that any points I made here haven’t offended or upset you at all, I am just simply voicing something that has been tumbling around in the vast expanse that is my brain for a while and it’s time I finally addressed it!
All these points are so true for either side but I have to say I do believe makeup can be more of your worst enemy, I feel the consequences can be harsh and if you learn to love yourself without makeup that is just incredible, my heart goes out to anyone who is finding makeup more their worst enemy than their best friend, but please remember that you are beautiful. You are strong. You have to stop underestimating yourself, I literally admire so many bloggers on the blogosphere and you all inspire me to keep striving to be the best version of myself I can be and to carry on loving living.
Please make an effort to answer the questions in the comments I’ve typed out here, it would honestly mean the world to me as I’m just genuinely super curious! 😁
Do you believe makeup is your worst enemy or your best friend? What makeup do you wear, or do you wear none at all? Do you think makeup can be a source for a lot of self esteem problems?
That’s a wrap 😉