My Introduction To Makeup

Most women can’t live without makeup. I however, am not one of them. I am aware that it is easier for me to shun the world of makeup because I am lucky enough to have good skin, but it was actually my experiences with makeup that made me shy away from it. Bowing to peer pressure, I dabbled in makeup as a teenager, but I found wearing it, and the whole buying process, knocked my confidence more than going without. It didn’t help that back then, in the mid-1990s, there were barely any makeup products for darker skin tones. That was a big confidence crusher because it reinforced that the beauty ideal was to be white and slim i.e NOT ME, and it also felt like a slap in the face – as if the implication was that because I didn’t fit that beauty ideal, I wasn’t deserving of beauty products. Even now I still feel like a clown on the rare occasions that I wear makeup, and I still feel uncomfortable in the makeup section in stores.

But I don’t have anything against makeup itself. I think it can be beautiful and a great confidence booster. What I am strongly against is the expectation for women to wear it at all times in order to be deemed socially acceptable and worthy. It is something I have been campaigning against for a long while now.

Dare To Bare

At the end of last year I ran a competition called the Dare to Bare Challenge, which encouraged women to do a daily task such as going to get milk from the shop, without wearing makeup, and share a photo of them in action. This challenge reached a substantial audience, and yet only three people took part, and of those three, only one was out in public. That really upset and worried me. It meant that being seen without makeup went beyond a dislike and a discomfort – it’s more of a fear. And that’s not okay. Women shouldn’t fear being seen in their most natural state. But then as women, our natural state is often challenged and viewed in a negative light.

Makeup

Topless photos – sexy|Breastfeeding – disgraceful

Perfectly styled head hair – sexy|Body hair – disgusting

Flawless makeup – sexy|Natural beauty – disappointing and deceitful

It’s because of this attitude that we are all so afraid to show our most true and authentic self. Wearing makeup should be a choice. Just like the style of clothing we wear, or whether we shave our legs, or how we purport ourselves in public. Yet none of these are freedoms for women. Not without negative consequence, anyway. If we’re not fulfilling the perfect product image, then we are judged, criticized, shamed, rebuffed. We have created a world where women are expected to portray perfection at all times, to the point that men feel conned when they realize women can’t and don’t live up to this expectation 24/7. Femininity has become a commodity. And for that product to be successful, we must be made to feel worthless and guilty. If we were all happy and content in our own skin hundreds of businesses would go bust.

I Am Confident In My Skin

It crushes me that women feel worthless without makeup on. It shouldn’t be a scary prospect, nor a brave and powerful statement to be seen not wearing makeup. Alicia Keys recently made the move to stop wearing makeup. She has been celebrated and applauded for doing so, and it’s now fast becoming a trend. Maybe it’s becoming a trend because people like to imitate celebs, but I like to think it’s because deep down we’re all desperate to be free from the societal pressures put on women to look and behave a certain way at all times, and a well-known figure has done something to make that okay.

In my modelling career I’ve taken the decision to be a natural model, meaning that I wear no or minimal makeup. This often means that fewer opportunities come my way because makeup has become such an intrinsic part of standardized society. Even one of the modelling agencies I used to be with insisted on me learning to wear makeup. But I couldn’t do it. I am not here to be a glamorous model, I am here to be a role model. I am here to be me, and not a product. I am confident in my skin, I am comfortable with my size, I am confident to be seen without makeup on, so I want to take that privilege and help pave the way to make it okay for others.

Beauty Is In Everyone

So wear makeup if you want to. Wear makeup because it’s a form of art, wear makeup because it makes you feel good, wear makeup just because, but don’t wear makeup because you think that’s the only acceptable version of you. Despite what society and media try to tell you, you are not obliged to look a certain way, or live up to certain expectations. You are good enough just as l

Author: Michelle Marie   Blog:Chocolate Curves Model   Facebook: CurvaceousAndBodacious   Instagram: @chocolatecurvesmodel   Twitter: @ChocCurvesModel

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