Hey lovelies! Bit of a chatty post today, whilst reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ last week (you can see my review here) I came across a quote which really hit home with me! It said ‘people seem to like me better with makeup on for some reason’ I completely agree with this, in my experience it seems to be true anyway so I thought I’d write a post on the pressures of looking good in today’s society!
I genuinely feel so sorry for teenage girls now! I remember starting secondary school and feeling really ugly compared to other girls, my mom would never let me wear makeup when I was in Year 7/8 (11 /12years old) even though I used to wear it for dance shows and competitions at weekends as my school had strict ‘no makeup’ rules. I used to take my makeup with me in my bag and sit applying it in my registration before classes started just to make myself feel less self-conscious compared to other people my age!
This was back in 2007 where we would spend our evenings on MSN and Bebo! Instagram was never even heard of back then and Youtube definitely wasn’t full of makeup tutorials!
Teenage girls now have all of these people on the internet they look up to (I’m not saying this is a bad thing we should all have idols) however, these beauty gurus always look stunning, they have the best beauty products on the market and are able to apply them in ways most of us will never be capable of! I can imagine if I was at school now I would be waking up an hour earlier every morning to make sure I looked my best for school so that I was a bit more confident and felt a bit prettier! We all compare ourselves to other people especially when we’re younger and I would not like to be walking round school bare faced when there are girls aged 14 now who could pass for 19 and look absolutely stunning with all the products they apply!
Lets face it at school there are definitely cliques and if high school is anything like it was when I was there all the ‘pretty girls’ stick together and anyone who isn’t ‘pretty enough’ definitely doesn’t get to be in their ‘group’ no matter how nice, kind or clever they may be! This is completely wrong, but unfortunately this is how it is sometimes! ‘Beauty is only skin deep’ but people often don’t remember this when choosing their friends!
As much as I love makeup and how it is able to transform my face into something I am semi-happy with I wish there wasn’t such a big deal about it in society! Teenage girls (and boys for that matter) have enough pressures at school with exams, revision and kids just not being nice in general without feeling pressured to wear a full face of makeup just to sit in a classroom to add that little bit of confidence/to stop people from bullying them so much!
So yes, if you’re reading this and you feel pressured to get up and put makeup on in the morning even though you can’t be bothered half the time I implore you to stop trying to make yourself look good for others! Yes it is hard but as you get older you stop caring what people think so much (it might still be there in the back of your mind, I don’t think I’ll ever stop comparing myself to others and thinking about how I wish I could look like them but it’s definitely no where near as bad as when I was younger!) If you’d rather have an extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning then change that alarm and go out bare faced!
Obviously I am not telling people to stop wearing makeup if they love it, I’m a beauty blogger, I own so many beauty products that I don’t have enough space to store them! Makeup definitely gives me more confidence in the way I look, it can do an amazing job sometimes, you’ll probably never see a selfie of me with no makeup on and would I go out for date night with none on? Definitely not! But this is because I like wearing makeup and the confidence boost it gives me!
The point I am trying to get across is that some people don’t like wearing makeup everyday and they only do so because of the pressure they feel in society to look ‘beautiful!’ Well let me tell you, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL with or without makeup! Each and every one of you is beautiful and you do not need makeup to tell you this!!!
Do you feel pressured to wear makeup everyday? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments!