The Devil’s Advocate: Beauty

A surge of acceptance for the all natural makeup movement is on the rise. More people are breaking away from wearing dark, smokey eye makeup just to go to the mall, and instead calling for people to embrace their natural inner beauty. Although this movement is not generally vicious, many individuals or 'makeup gurus' are attacked for lacking the self-confidence to go out wearing a strictly all natural face. Growing up in suburban Georgia, I have always been the black sheep of my sleepy hollow town. Sporting my natural red hair and dark green eyes, it was hard to go unnoticed. It seemed that while my middle school friends were playing sports, I was learning the art of makeup. Naturally, an 11-year-old wearing bronze cut crease eyeshadow on her lids was not the norm in my hometown. Oftentimes it would be me, the girl who never went out of the house without makeup, who would be taunted for being ‘fake’ in appearance. On the contrary, it seems that in every movie, it is the popular girls who wear winged eyeliner and have flawless makeup that tease the bookworm girls lacking an ounce of mascara on their lashes.

Now a sophomore in high school, I still observe this trend of embracing an all natural look in my town. I think to myself, isn’t this movement supposed to be about embracing one’s confidence and their appearance? I can tell you, in fact, that this “movement” can brutally turn into one that does not stand for these kind morals. Rather, it appears to me as though it is more about putting down others because they choose to alter their appearance. Now, I am sitting here stumped. I find myself pretty when I wake up in the morning, standing 5 ft. 4 inches tall, hair a mess with no makeup on. Just because I decide I want to go to the grocery store in fake eyelashes and dramatic lipstick does NOT mean I am any less confident when I choose to not wear makeup. In fact, it makes me more self-conscious when I am criticized for wearing so much of it by people who tell me to embrace how I was born. But what if I was born with the love of makeup? What if by wearing makeup, I feel more confident in myself? The bottom line is that no matter what you look like- whether you decide to wear makeup or not- you should respect other's choices as to what they want to do with their body. The day someone’s smokey eye offends another person or impacts someone else’s life in a negative way is the day pigs fly. The same goes for girls who want to shy away from using makeup. Another person’s appearance will not affect how you look or live your life, so don’t bring them down if they’re confident (or not) in themselves. As humans, we should want to empower beauty in boys and girls alike inside and out. At the end of the day, it does not come down to what you look like, it’s how you treat yourself and one another.

By Brooks Sullivan