One of the most common assumptions about people who choose to wear makeup is that they dislike their natural looks. Of course for many, this assumption holds true. It is what it is. I’m in no position to give advice on taking down insecurity, but I’d still like to explain my viewpoint on the war I see between natural and glamorous beauty. I believe that a love for your bare face and a love for your made-up face aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.
The idea of beauty isn’t an absolute, innate sensibility – it is actually very malleable and expandable. What I mean by this is that we all have the capacity to grow an attraction to what we previously found unremarkable.
I personally like my face best in the 30 seconds after it’s been freshly washed, but I still wear makeup because I’m not certain that whoever looks at my bare face will see the same beauty that I do. As I mentioned earlier, beauty is learned – and due to our powerful media, contemporary ‘glamorous’ beauty is compulsory education. I simply expect a greater majority of people to read mascara + lipstick + whatever as visually pleasing. Is that bad? No! That’s just the way it is!
I really think that makeup should be approached like formal clothes, not necessarily more flattering than casual clothing, but worn at appropriate times in order to be outwardly presentable and visually interesting.