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I use makeup just because I love using it, so why should anyone else have a problem with that? My face, my choice!
Pretty much throughout my adult life, I have been a girl who loves putting on make-up. Lipstick, kajal, eye-liner, compact are the absolute essentials that I always carry in my purse. Makeup has been around for ages, still I have been on the receiving end of strange comments and questions on this peculiar (?) habit of mine.
Here is my list of 10 things I am absolutely tired of hearing about my makeup!
This is usually followed by a pious ‘I don’t get time for these things!’
It takes me 5 minutes to apply makeup. Even if takes more, should anybody else mind what I do with my time?
This is meant as a compliment and I appreciate it. But I put on makeup because I love it, not because I think I am hideous!
I apply good, dermatologically tested brands and remove it at night before going to sleep. You could see from my skin that it is perfectly fine!
I resist the temptation to correct that it should be wedding and not marriage. And no, I do not wait for somebody else’s wedding so that I could look good!
Good for you! But where do we draw the line at being natural? Do we stop threading our eyebrows, waxing our legs and armpits, and flaunt that moustache in all its glory? Again, this is everyone’s choice. Putting on makeup is mine!
Ironically, I have also been lectured on being natural by people who have gone under the knife (hush hush) for cosmetic purposes. I am not judging them. But why do they get to shame me, just because my makeup is visible and their vanity insanity is a secret?
Oh Good Lord! No, I don’t put on makeup for men. I put on makeup because I love it. It makes me feel confident and I feel good about myself. Not to forget it defines my style statement.
Refer to the above point for my views!
“This dependence on makeup is a sign of damaged self-esteem and insecurities. Try to go out sans makeup for a day and see how you it makes you feel.”
That is a lot of insights! Thank you, therapist, for providing free services!
I am very much a feminist. Do some research on feminism, it does not forbid me from doing things I like!
Objectification means treating a person as a commodity or an object without regard to their personality or dignity. I treat myself very well. If you think I am eye candy, you are objectifying me!
I don’t care what other people do with their faces and bodies, and would wish for the favour to be returned! Applying makeup is a choice, just like choosing what to wear, what to eat. Let us respect people for their style and spare the interference and judgement!
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They: Are you married?
They: But You don’t look like it
Me: (in my Mind) Why should I?
Why is being married not enough for a woman, and she needs to look married too? I am tired of such comments in the nearly four years of being married.
I believe that anything that is forced is not right. I must have a choice. I am a living human, not a puppet. And I am not stopping anyone by not following any tradition. You are free to do whatever you like to do. But do not force others. It’s depressing.