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TO MY FELLOW SISTERS: THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH WANTING TO LOOK PRETTY

September 25, 2016


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Many people associate wearing makeup as wanting to look perfect and to cover the flaws. Some people see it as a way of hiding behind a facade and being discontent with imperfections. We are said to not embrace our true self when we wear makeup.

I have learned that women are considered as having low self-esteem when they have makeup on. People tend to easily judge us when we don’t present ourselves with our natural makeup-free look. “Women should not wear makeup, but they should be happy with how they look”— that’s the idea that the society wants us to feel. We ought to look like the way we are. But, how is it wrong for me to wear makeup? I love to wear makeup; I love it when I put on eyeliner and my eyes look different instantly, I love it when I have nice lashes on. In short, I love it when I can look prettier with makeup.

IT IS NOT WRONG IF YOU WANT TO LOOK PRETTY

…especially if it gives you confidence. Looking back, I remember how as a little girl I used to look forward to the day I can finally wear makeup. I looked forward when I could put on lipstick (or any other lip products) like my Mom did. Even though it was just a little bit of lip-gloss and it was nothing as bold as a bright red lipstick, I would feel head over heels. I was happy when I could look prettier with a lipstick. Back then, putting on a lipstick was like cakes for special occasions; I couldn’t have it everyday, but when I did, I would be very happy.

I also remember how I would play with my makeup toy and my dummy lipstick. I was just like any other girls young girls out there: I loved my toy makeup!

As an adult, I love makeup. Eyeliner, eye shadow, highlighter—you name them! I want to look pretty as a woman. Fleek brows, glowing skin, long lashes— who doesn’t want them? I don’t think that there’s anything wrong when we want to look at our best. It is a way of embracing our beauty. But I do believe that women are beautiful in their own way. What works for me, may not work for you. But when I put on makeup, I didn’t put it on to hide myself, but rather to bring the best of what I have.

I don’t see that there’s anything wrong with putting on makeup. It is a way of enjoying and having fun with what we have. With or without makeup—it doesn’t make us any less of a woman. With or without makeup—there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look pretty. With or without makeup —people can state their own opinions, but it’s all up to us. We are entitled to how we want to look and feel.

Photo by Fen from Axioo

Outfit by Hian Tjen

Accessories by Rinaldy A. Yunardi

Make Up by Mimi Kwok

Hair by Jeffry Welly

Shoes by Sophia Webster

Styled by Meli & Jane

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  1. agree! sometimes I thought, we only live once. why dont keep doing whatever we love, as long as we’re happy, why not right? people will keep judging anyway.