Because You Have To? Or Because You Want To?

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Written By: Kimberly Davis

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Picture this: a little girl is surrounded by different kinds of makeup. Not really knowing what any of it is for she paints her face to the best of her ability, and the finished look, while a little messy, makes her heart happy and she is filled with giggles.

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Fast forward a couple of years and that same little girl is now in middle school. She now knows the difference between an eyeshadow and a blush, but instead of feeling happy when she applies her makeup she feels like she has to spend forty-five minutes in the morning covering up every flaw.

On the opposite side, there’s a different girl. One who rarely wears makeup, but she’s constantly told she needs to put more effort into her look.

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But the problem lies here: who’s wearing makeup because they feel they have to, and who’s wearing makeup because it’s a form of creative expression.

Makeup has only gotten more and more complicated and daunting over the years, but it has also gotten a lot more expensive; not to mention the constant whitewashing shown in makeup ads. According to Buzzfeed, on average a woman in the US is expected to spend at least $300,000 on makeup alone. This is an industry that is literally making money off of insecurities. And while not all females wear makeup to cover flaws, many do.

The line between the use of cosmetics and self-love is a blurry one, mainly because it’s one that you have to set for yourself personally. Whether you chose to be barefaced or full glam, make sure you’re doing it for you. And always remember, with or without makeup, you are worthy of love and respect.

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