What to Say to Makeup

After many of my own experiences and a number of my friends’ sad grievances, I thought I’d blog this week about the perfect way to react to someone wearing makeup.

40 SPF Clinique Sunblock, Tarte Cosmetics Lip CrÚme, NYX Eyebrow Pencil, The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner

Since I went from zero-makeup-barefaced me to using cosmetics (just eyeliner) late last school year, I immediately learned there were three types of people:

1. The makeup downer: “You don’t need makeup, don’t put it on”
2. The makeup enthusiast: “I think you look better with makeup”
3. The you-do-you: “You look gorgeous/attractive/hot either way”

 And while there are good intentions all around in each of these statements, I feel #1 and #2 can actually be quite hurtful.


The Breakdown

The makeup downer (#1) attempts to compliment the person’s natural beauty, but the problem is that it implies that he/she can’t rock makeup and should please others by not trying something he/she desires to do.

The makeup enthusiast (#2) attempts to compliment the person’s makeup expertise and present beauty – but implies that he/she is significantly less attractive without cosmetics.

The you-do-you (#3) simply combines the best of both #1 and #2 and makes most people feel all-around happy.

All in all however, makeup is for everyone – and anyone – to experiment and have fun with; it is not for appeasing others but for pleasing ourselves. I think of it as a type of art and a great skill, because it’s wonderful to feel good with or without makeup! But if you have to be a critic, just be a you-do-you and tell people they’re beautiful either way.

See you soon,
Melanie 🙌


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