A Love of Makeup Doesn’t Indicate Low Self-Esteem
I was recently watching a news program where they had a “Man-on-the-Street” section. A newscaster was asking real people on a busy New York City block what they thought of women who wear a lot of makeup. Let me paraphrase some of the typical responses:
“It makes me wonder what she’s hiding under there. She must be pretty ugly!”
“Only women with low self-esteem do stuff like that.”
“Women who wear makeup probably don’t like the way they look without it.”
It seems like a prevailing thought: women who wear makeup have low self-esteem or are ugly.
But it’s simply not true! There is no correlation between makeup and self-esteem. While there are women who wear makeup that also have bad self-esteem, that can be said of any group, including women who wear no makeup at all.
There are also women who wear makeup and love themselves, for exactly who they are.
Take me, for example. I absolutely love makeup, especially super colorful and bold eye makeup. Yet I have super great self esteem. I love myself and I think I’m beautiful even without makeup. Just because I like to wear makeup doesn’t mean I hate myself or the way I am naturally.
Another example: dating. I’ve heard from so many guys that they prefer “natural” women. It’s because of all the negative stereotypes of women who wear makeup. It bothers me that a guy wouldn’t consider dating a girl just because she wears makeup. Absurd!
Just because I wear makeup, it doesn’t mean that I…
- …have low self-esteem.
- …am ugly.
- …am high-maintenance.
- …have something to hide.
It’s time to stop these negative stereotypes. How? Talk highly of yourself! Mention how you like your lips, whether they have lipstick or not. And if someone talks badly about you or other women who wear makeup, give them a swift talking-to!