There are so many people out there who have preconceived ideas about women who don’t wear makeup and women who do.
Alicia Keys, the 35-year-old singer, started a #nomakeup campaign with a simple photoshoot she did right out of the gym. She wants to make sure that each woman knows her worth and that it isn’t about the amount of makeup she wears. Keys has a makeup free mentality, not just in her personal life, but also in her new music videos that are coming out, including the latest one, “In Common.” Keys hopes to inspire other women to be free and show their true beauty.
No, I am not going to bash anyone who does wear makeup because I wear it occasionally, as well. I am a firm believer in doing whatever you want to do to make yourself feel as comfortable and confident as can be, and I am also a firm believer that you don’t need makeup to feel put-together. #Nomakeup tells those people who believe women should wear makeup to look beautiful that they are wrong and women don’t have to abide by that standard.
The reason I don’t wear makeup is not because I don’t have the time or because I don’t know how to apply it, but rather, I really have no desire to put makeup on unless I am going out or I have a break out to cover up, which, in most cases, I hate doing because I think it only makes it look worse.
Unlike many girls, I feel completely fine without wearing makeup, and the act of putting it on itself actually makes me feel so much worse.
To me, wearing makeup makes everything more complicated. In the summer, I have to worry if it’s melting off. When I go out, I have to worry if it looks okay or if it’s actually smeared all over. When I’m applying it, I have to make sure I’m not putting on too little or too much, and when new products come out, I have to make sure I’m the first to have them. But I don’t have to worry about all that anymore. And neither does anyone else.
Don’t get me wrong, I will admit there was definitely a stage in middle school and high school where all I wanted to do was cake on my makeup to be like everyone else, but now, as I look back on those photos, I don’t even feel like I am looking at myself anymore.
There is always talk about the women who are being shamed for wearing too much makeup, but there is little talk about how the same people shame us for how we look without it.
It is not a bad thing to wear makeup if it makes you feel beautiful, empowered and #ConnectedToConfidence. You are totally entitled to do your own thing; however, if you are wearing makeup only to live up to society’s standard of beauty, honey, you are doing it all wrong and Alicia Keys will tell you what you need to hear.