You know, in the past I’ve been accused of being obsessed with celebrity women—when they look like normal people. To that, I always respond “duh.” Of course I am! These women are made to look superhuman with the help of makeup and the artists that apply it, and at the end of the day, when all of the paint and primer is washed away, what do you end up with? Someone … well, refreshingly normal in many cases.
Whenever someone says to me “So and so is so hot” I always say, “Yeah, just see her without makeup.” Then I promptly send a picture of said person looking completely normal and not impossibly gorgeous, because, of course, I’ve already trolled them this way.
I do this because I sometimes feel like less of an attractive woman because I don’t contour my makeup. (I know, right?) I don’t know how to expertly apply my eyeliner, I don’t use the “right” foundation. Pores are visible. You know. So to see these women looking normal and to know that if I had the $8,000 to spend on myself like Jennifer Anniston does (yeah, that’s right she spends $8,000 A MONTH to look natural), I could probably look pretty amazing, too.
In a nutshell, though, does that mean that makeup is anti-feminist? Does a young girl who thinks her nose is too wide so she applies streaks of foundation two shades to dark down the sides of her nose, because she read in some magazine that that helps reduce the appearance of a wide nose, have Covergirl to blame for her insecurity? Are magazines and makeup and the idolization of painted up models to blame for women hating themselves? I vote no on both counts; I say it’s women who don’t spend countless hours on the internet searching for “celebrities without makeup” who are creating their own problems.
Like my co-worker said to me with regard to these very celebrities: “They’re just people,” this is so true. They’re people who have access to better makeup and people who can do a better job at applying it than me and you. Combined. Makeup is an art form and sometimes art makes people feel uncomfortable and inferior, and when that happens to you, I suggest you hop on Google and throw that term in the image search bar. Or just become a writer for a feminist website and write 439 words on how you’re not a bad person because it makes you feel better to see the world’s most beautiful women looking normal without makeup. Just stay away from Halle Berry, Beyonce, and Kate Middleton … those brats are beautiful all the time.