Whenever I hear a woman being praised as brave for not wearing makeup, which is happening more and more often lately, I feel like screaming. Argh! What has not wearing makeup got to do with bravery?! Absolutely nothing, that’s what.
Bravery is when you do something that’s risky for you to help others. Enduring pain or putting your own life at risk to save someone else is brave. Doing what you deem right even when society doesn’t approve and may ostracize you for it is brave. Not wearing makeup doesn’t even come close. It’s true that we live in a society obsessed with looks that tells women they have to look absolutely perfect all the time or else they’re worth nothing, but even then those who decide not to wear makeup don’t run any serious risks.
At the very least, without makeup on, people may find you less attractive. If you’re particularly insecure (and it’s difficult not to be when we’re constantly bombarded with airbrushed images of beautiful, extremely-thin, wrinkle-free women that represent an ideal of beauty that’s just unattainable) then going makeup-free may be a big deal for you, but even then that’s not on a par with rushing into a house on fire to save children trapped inside, is it? To use the same term to define both actions is dangerous. It is also very disrespectful to those in the armed forces, to firefighters, to the thousands of people who every day put themselves at risk for the sake of others.
Not only going makeup-free is not brave, in some cases it can be selfish. Yes, selfish. After all, when the umpteenth celebrity posts a picture of herself without makeup on (and have you noticed how these pictures are snapped at the most advantageous angles and never when a zit has sprung its ugly head on their noses?), they do so because they know they are going to be praised for being so “real”, “down to earth”, “one of us” and “very beautiful nonetheless under all that makeup”.
Now, as a beauty blogger, I’m obviously all for makeup. I consider makeup as an accessory that you should put on whenever you feel like it. Makeup allows us to enhance our best features and hide our flaws, so why shouldn’t we use it if we want to? Just don’t call us brave when we decide not to. In some cases, lazy may be a better word. Now, I’m not saying that all women who don’t put on makeup are lazy.
Some women just aren’t interested in makeup and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. But as someone who loves wearing a different makeup look every day, when I decide not to put it on, I do so because that day I honestly cannot be bothered. I mean, I’m not gonna spend half an hour doing my makeup just to go out to get some bread for instance. And I can’t be the only one foregoing makeup every now and then out of laziness.
In the end, whether you decide to wear makeup or not is fine. Just please, let’s keep a little perspective on it and stop putting those who don’t wear makeup for whatever reason in the same category as those who put themselves at risk for the good of others. They’re heroes. Not wearing makeup doesn’t make you one.
What are your thoughts?