It was my fault for reading Twitter in first place. I have seen a few things posted there recently about makeup that have really stuck in my craw. Twitter is a sound bite medium, so it is not a really a place to have a civil in depth exchange.
So here is my response to critiques of women wearing makeup:
we can do whatever the fuck we want.
We wear can a cat dye, or a bold lip, or purple mascara. Makeup is just a tool for expression people. That’s it, that’s all. Putting anything else on it is really more about you. We can choose not to wear makeup and that is fine too.
I happen to love wearing makeup, and it is not a reflection of insecurity or anxiety. I enjoy expressing myself through makeup. If I want to feel powerful, I love to wear red lipstick. If I am having fun day at the beach I will wear a fuscia lipstick. If I want to feel sexy I will wear a nude lipgloss. And I will feel all those things.
And putting on makeup is as enjoyable to me as when I paint or draw. My face is the canvas and makeup is the medium in which I choose how I want to express myself for the day and how I wish to be perceived.
Let’s not critique ourselves or others for choices we make with appearance. Choosing not to wear makeup is not a feminist notion, but having choice in what and how you choose to express yourself is.