Ever watched a makeup tutorial video on Youtube and wondered wtf is happening? Yeah, me too… I never really understood makeup to actually appreciate it. I mean, I’m more of a natural beauty kinda girl. Fresh skin, naturally long lashes, hydrated lips - that’s more my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against anyone who wears makeup, but I certainly don’t like the idea of putting it on my face. (Nor removing it before I sleep) It’s too much of an effort.
To be honest with you, I’m tired of TV ads, hoardings and apps recommending makeup products to me. In a world that tells me that I’m not pretty enough without using a certain product is a pitiful place to live in. I know of a few friends who won’t step out of the house without applying kajal! And a friend of mine who won’t let her boyfriend see her in the morning until she applies makeup. She fears that he may reject her if he sees her without it.
My point is instead of making us feel beautiful, the world out there puts us into toxic, pretty boxes that choke us with fumes of insecurity and vulnerability. Unlike those who I know, I refuse to be a slave to makeup.
On the contrary, I prefer skincare products. At least these don’t clog pores and damage your skin. Nothing too fancy, just natural remedies. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising is essential for healthy skin. Homemade masks like turmeric and yoghurt, strawberries and honey and aloe and milk cream - are my saviours.
Many people point out that I can't dislike makeup when I haven’t tried it. An answer to all those people out is that why would you put something that’s not natural on your face to make your skin seem natural? Isn’t that concept a bit twisted? So what if my skin isn’t even-toned? So what if brows are too fine and my lashes are too short? I can still see, smell, taste, touch and listen, right?
If we don’t stop giving in to these unrealistic beauty standards, I’m afraid that we’ll never accept our bodies for the way they are. We’ll always find a flaw in the tiniest detail and depend on makeup to fix it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ll pass from using makeup. I’d appreciate it if the world would respect my beauty decisions and not ask me a thousand questions of what? Why? How? Thank you.