I’m just going to come out and say it: I don’t wear makeup. At all. Honestly, I just do not see the need for it, and there’s many reasons not to, so why should I be bothered with it?
Many cosmetics are not vegetarian. If I’m not going to eat it, why do I want it on my face?
While there are a growing number of companies that cater to the “no animal testing/plant derived ingredients” crowd, the majority of cosmetics found in salons, pharmacies, and grocery stores have no qualms about making rabbits go blind or using scientific labels for ingredients to mask what they truly are. Next time you put that foundation on, or begin to crack open a new lipstick, you might want to research what those actually have in them…after all, do you really want whale intestine, beetle shells, or beef fat in your pores?
Check here: http://www.beautylish.com/a/vxycr/how-to-tell-if-your-makeup-is-truly-vegan
Makeup is a mask. I want people to see the real me.
Sorry, but I’ve always considered the use of cosmetics to be a form of false advertising. Face it: Your eyes aren’t normally that big, your lips could never be that shade of red, your eyelashes are not that thick and curved…the list goes on. Women do not ovulate every day of the month, but when they wear blush, make their eyes darker, and paint their lips, those are the exact physical signals that are being (un?)intentionally sent to any man who looks at them. Is this really fair? In my opinion, no. If somebody thinks I’m attractive they should think that without me having to “lie”. I enjoy the fact that I look exactly the same when I get out of bed as I do at 3 in the afternoon. (Well, less groggy and without knotted hair, but you get what I mean.) I don’t like the idea of this attractiveness scam, so I don’t partake in it.
I was never taught how to use it, so some of it is difficult to put on.
Gender dysphoric, remember? As a child and teen I had absolutely no interest in cosmetics…shoes…fashionable clothes, etc. They may as well have not existed. Luckily my mother never tried to force me to learn when she gleefully taught my younger sisters how to “improve” their looks. However, this also means I’m fairly hopeless at anything other than the most basic of applications.
Which works for me, because males don’t tend to use makeup anyway.
It can clog your pores, and make acne worse.
Think about the unfortunate teen with acne or even just a minor breakout of pimples. What did I see girl after girl in middle/high school do? That’s right.Lather on a bunch of foundation or concealer. Because putting more gunk on your already inflamed skin is definitely going to help it get better and not just cover up the problem. Yeesh…come on ladies. Be more proactive about your skin’s health, it’s the only face you’ve got.
It means waking up earlier and going to bed later.
Entirely self-serving reasons here, to be sure, but it’s also true. Even the barest amount of makeup can take 10-15 minutes to do correctly, and more elaborate routines can take over 40. Add this to the lotion, hairstyle, and shower regimens that so many women and girls already perform…and you have the reason it takes over an hour to get out the door rather than the 20 minutes it could take. And then you need to take it all back off when you get home, and regular soap and water doesn’t usually suffice. So then you spend another 10 minutes cleaning up before hitting the hay instead of just being able to strip and curl up in bed. Yeah, I like my sleep a little too much to go through all that trouble.
It covers your face and makes life more difficult/less enjoyable.
Okay, the “less enjoyable” part may only be evident to women who pay attention to minor details, but that has been my experience the few times I have worn makeup. Mascara makes my eyes itch and water, so I’m constantly feeling the need to rub them and worrying that it’s going to start running. Eyeshadow makes my eyes look too big, so I’m concerned about looking like a weird doll all day. Lipstick can get on the inside of your mouth in small amounts when eating, ruining an otherwise delicious meal and making your lips feel cracked when it dries out. Foundation and blush cover the rest of your face and all the tiny hairs on it. Can’t tell you how much I miss the slight breezes and sunlight on bare skin that is impossible to experience when wearing cosmetics. It can really deaden your senses if you’re normally one who relishes these things.
So female readers: do you like wearing makeup? How often do you go without it? Can you go without it?
Male readers: what look do you prefer on women, natural or done up? If society was accepting of it, would you wear cosmetics?