I follow Sephora (a cosmetic company), on Twitter and a few months ago they tweeted a link to a survey that said “Why Do Women Wear Makeup?”.
The intro was about men admitting that they don’t notice when women wears heels, let alone makeup. There were a lot of women that responded with their own individual reasons why they wear makeup. I read all their answers, and most of them had the same perspective on the issue.
First, a few women said they believe it is bull crap that men say they don’t notice when a woman wears heels. I think that’s bull too. How can you not notice that a woman is walking on stilts? How can you not notice that your woman is usually three inches shorter than you, but today she’s three inches taller than you?
And they say they don’t notice the makeup either. Oh, so you thought her lips were naturally red and shiny? Do you really think we are born with glitter on our eye lids? They notice-they just want to be politically correct. They think we want them to say they don’t notice because it makes them look sweeter and makes us say, “Aww…he likes me for who I am despite the makeup.”
But the women denied wearing the makeup for men anyways. They all say they wear it for themselves. They say that makeup makes them feel more confident. Some of them expressed some flaws like acne or dark spots that they like to cover up with makeup. A lot of them say they enjoy the process of putting on makeup because it’s like playing dress up. Some said they like to try new looks every day, and a makeup artist responded and said putting on makeup feels like painting a canvas. It’s just like art.
I agree with all those women. I put on makeup for those same reasons. Sometimes I want to cover flaws, sometimes I want to try a new look, and sometimes I just want to play with face and draw and paint on it. It’s all in fun. But if that is how most women truly feel about makeup, why do some people think we wear it for men?
Women like to look pretty, don’t we? Why do people think we only want to look pretty for a man? After all, there are some women who care about themselves too! We don’t take care of ourselves just to attract a man….do we?
I think some men will disagree. Some men complain that the woman in their life no longer takes care of herself after marriage. I’ve heard a lot of men say their wife no longer gets her hair done, no longer wears sexy clothes, or has gained a lot of weight. That makes me think that there are a few women who beautify themselves only to attract a man, then once they have him, they let themselves go.
I don’t think that’s right, but some women do it. My aunt actually warned me once, “Don’t do like me and get fat when you get married. Keep your weight in control.” She admitted that her weight increased, but she had four kids, so what do people expect? A lot of women gained weight because they were giving birth to babies! It’s easy for a man to complain about the weight gain of his wife because he isn’t the one that has to have kids. Some of these men are just insensitive.
But maybe they still have a point, though. Maybe there are some women that only beautify themselves for men, but the vast majority of us do it because of the way it makes us feel. Sure, attracting men is a benefit, but it’s not the main reason why we wear makeup. We feel pretty and confident when we wear it-and that’s a good enough reason to do it.
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