Masking with makeup

Illustration By Leyli Karimova
Illustration By Leyli Karimova


By Kacie Leach

Nearly everyday, women across the world apply products to their faces in hopes of altering their natural appearance. With the basics of bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, and mascara, makeup can give a contoured look, if applied correctly. Some even call the skills of makeup “magical” because right in front of the mirror, a face can be transformed into looking like something it’s naturally not.

In today’s society, makeup is considered a necessity, when in reality it is the exact opposite. Some beauty gurus have the idea engraved in their heads that leaving the house without makeup on is the closest thing to a sin. While the art of applying makeup can be appealing and even fun to apply, the idea that makeup is mandatory before going out in public is absurd.

Beauty is not defined by your exterior looks, but rather by what’s on the inside. Obviously every human being is gross on the inside; guts and intestines are gnarly and repelling. Yet a person’s personality and character is what should and does actually matter in this world. Anyone can wear makeup and look “pretty,” but your face does not show genuine beauty. The way you treat others: the compassion you show and being a genuine person is what defines true beauty in my book.

I’m not saying that makeup should be banned, I myself wear the basics almost everyday. The difference is, I am able to leave my house, go to school and even post a photo on social media when my face is bare. While some can’t bare to leave the house without concealer on, I try my absolute best to be comfortable with however I look, because at the end of the day, beauty is confidence in whatever skin you’re wearing.

If you feel that makeup is the only way to come across as a beautiful person, then my advice to you is to reevaluate your thought process. Start slowly, day by day or even week by week, start to wear a little less makeup. Along with the process of removal, tell yourself every morning that makeup does not define you. Force yourself to wake up with a smile, even if it’s fake. Because in this world, actual beauty is not defined by the makeup and the products applied to your face, but rather how you take on life and the attitude you have towards what’s thrown at you.