Makeup: Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Enemy? πŸ’‹

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 πŸ‘€

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?

We have all heard of it. There is so much of it thought: lipstick, mascara, concealer, highlighter, eyeshadow… and the list goes on!

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? πŸ˜‡

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.

Makeup: Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Enemy? πŸ‘Ώ

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 Β£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.

Thank you so much for reading, it was lovely to write a different sort of post for a change and I’m looking forward to writing more posts like these in the foreseeable future, as usual a new chapter of Knowledge Is Power will becoming out on Saturday and I am also learning the beauty of scheduling posts which is something I’ve never gotten into but I feel it could be an absolute life saver for me! I definitely need to start drafting some tags and scheduling them in the future.

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 πŸ˜‰

15 thoughts on “Makeup: Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Enemy? πŸ’‹

  1. Great post (: I think make up can be good and bad for all of the reasons that you’ve said. I’m definitely one of the people that you’ve mentioned who doesn’t like going out without it on. Although I did end up stopping completely when I was really ill last year. And I don’t wear mountains of it like some people. I also wear less eye make up in the summer, unless I’m going somewhere special or really feel like wearing it, as I have hayfever so that can make it run anyway. Anyway I’m incredibly self conscious thanks to my really bad social anxiety which is pretty much impossible to work on right now.
    I do agree that it can be a source of self esteem problems. Firstly in the ways that you’ve said – that you can become addicted to it and feel like you need it. But also in the sense that everytime you see someone on TV or in a magazine they look perfect due to make up so that too makes you feel inadequate at times in comparison. I mean pretty much everyone that you see on TV is flawless. So it’s kind of not surprising that others feel the same need to rely on make up.

    1. Thank you Charlotte! That’s totally okay, it’s totally normal for it to be part of your routine. I understand, when your ill putting on makeup is the last thing you want to do! That’s good to hear, I think a little bit a day goes a long way. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that a Charlotte, your seem like you have such a bright and positive personality. Exactly, I agree! I think it is awful how everyone on TV is basically flawless and there isn’t a blemish in sight, and everyone has perfectly long and curly eyelashes! That’s such a good point thank you for sharing your thoughts with me πŸ™‚

      1. Aww thank you πŸ’ž the anxiety is horrible though. I’ll probably do a post on it at some point.
        Yeah I definitely think that adds to the pressure on people. And it’s okay ☺️

    1. Thank you so much Lisa! Haha me too, I don’t think I’ve touched my makeup bad for three whole months, just a touch up of mascara if I want it πŸ˜‚ Than you for reading!

    1. That’s amazing! πŸ’“ I love that you don’t wear any, that is so healthy for physically your skin and mentally your self love πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I really don’t wear a lot of make up but I do wear it regularly. Idk I’m not happy with the stuff that I have at the moment so when it runs out I’ll definitely be investing in some stuff I really want. Quarantine has been good though because I was getting too used to myself with make up & now (especially because my skin has cleared up a bit) I feel beautiful with & without makeup.
    I think I’m more on the friend side as long as you control your usage of it & don’t get addicted like you said! Because getting ready for the day & putting on make up does make you feel kickass! πŸ˜‚ great post Amber! πŸ’•πŸ’•

    1. That is totally fine El! ☺️ I wear a small amount of makeup but regularly too πŸ™‚ That sounds great, I hope you manage to get all the products you want πŸ₯° Same here! I used to be on a lot more makeup everyday for school and just generally and. Was starting to not like myself without makeup and now I’ve not worn it for 3 months! πŸ˜‚ I’m so happy that your skin has cleared up, and that you have a healthy relationship between wearing makeup and going natural!
      That’s an amazing point, as long as you find the balance it’s an incredible product! Haha agreed, it does make you feel good πŸ’– Thanks so much El, thank you for sharing your thoughts and answers! πŸ™‚

  3. I LOVE this post and I would love to see more discussion posts in the future! πŸ˜‚
    I agree with you about leaning more towards makeup being your worst enemy side. The only makeup I wear daily is lipstick and on special occasions I may wear a little bit more . Mascara is the only other makeup I’ll use often which, annoys my sister because I already have pretty long eyelashes πŸ˜‚I’m not against makeup or those who wear it but, I agree that some people do use it as a crutch. I think that even those who wear makeup, should be able to feel beautiful without any makeup on. I don’t have the perfect skin and I break our from time to time and I fear that if I wore makeup more often by face would get worse( what a great point you mentioned). It’s natural for people to break out and I think it’s important to remember that we don’t have to be perfect all the time and sometimes we can just be ourselves with our flaws ❀️
    I do enjoy the creative aspect of makeup though, I’m not very talented. Haha, I watch makeup you-tubers often which inspires be sometimes to be more creative.
    Overall this was such a stellar post and I hope I answered all the questions…. How about you, what’s your makeup daily look?

    1. Yay! Thank you so much Lucy that is super encouraging and helpful to know ✨
      That’s really nice, it’s totally okay to wear a little bit everyday πŸ’“ Haha lucky! I pretty much curl and mascara my eyelashes everyday πŸ˜‚ Same here, very true! Exactly, it’s totally fine to wear lots of makeup but as long as the relationship between it is healthy. Thanks so much! I think your doing the right thing by letting your skin deal with it without makeup on top of your breakouts aswell! That is so inspirational Lucy, honestly I needed that πŸ’“
      It is an amazing creative outlet! I’m sure you are, yes makeup you-tubers can be so fun to watch! Thank you so much Lucy, you did and it was absolutely LOVELY to hear all your thoughts and opinions about this topic πŸ₯° Well I haven’t put on any makeup for about 3 months because of quarantine, I’ve started curling my eyelashes and putting on mascara but I think that’s pretty much it and a smudge of lipstick πŸ˜‚ I do have pretty bad dark eye circles but I find putting on concealer aggravates them more than anything so I prefer to just let them be! 🀣 Thanks again πŸ™‚

      1. Yess, I also have pretty bad eye bags! It’s make no difference if I sleep 9 hours or 5, I still have them 😫 I hear putting cold tea bags under your helps diminishes the eye circles but, I have yet to try it and figure out if it actually works.
        It was a pleasure reading reading this and I agree with you! In quarantine, I’ve always been a bit lazy and make skip on putting on makeup πŸ˜‚

  4. This was such an interesting read! πŸ™Œ And you drew my attention to points that I’d never thought about before. Up until some point last year I didn’t like wearing makeup (probably because I felt like the idea of it was being forced on me to an extent growing up) but then when that stopped I started trying out blue/black eyeliner and I really liked it as I felt like I was expressing myself (but then I stopped again as everything is a phase with me πŸ˜‚).

    Aside from when I tried out that eyeliner and a few other bits that I think I might return to one day, I don’t really feel comfortable wearing makeup as I’m just overly aware that it’s on and I don’t like how I’m kinda unrecognizable with it, no matter how little is on I just FEEL it plastered on and I can’t seem to think of anything else πŸ˜‚.

    I think makeup for a lot of people is their best friend as it’s a creative outlet but there must be a thin line between that and it becoming an enemy for some. And yes I really do think it can be a source for self esteem problems as some people just wear it because of peer pressure and that’s not the right way to get into doing anything. Fabulous post!! βœ¨πŸ’•

    1. Thank you so much Elsie, it’s something different to hare with the blogosphere and I was looking forward to reading everyone’s thoughts and opinions in the comments! ☺️ Ph no, I’m sorry to hear you feel like it was forced on you, I think a lot of people feel pressure to wear makeup sometimes. That eyeliner phase sounds amazing! I’ve not been through one yet but I’m tempted to try πŸ˜‚

      I think that is totally normal, I know exactly where you’re coming from! I get so paranoid that it looks like I’m wearing too much makeup or I’ve smudged it and it ends up just stressing out too πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts again!

      That is so true, it really is a fine line to cross. Peer pressure is the worst! It just makes something that is supposed to be optional and a pleasure become a chore! Thank you so much again Elsie, I’ve loved hearing your thoughts and feelings towards this topic! 😌

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