The concept of makeup can be wrongly portrayed to society in a negative way. Sadly, stereotypes play a big role in this. Generalized comments such as “people only wear make-up because they are insecure,” and insensitive questions such as “why can’t you take advantage of your natural beauty?” overlook the unique reasons and stories behind each person’s choice to use cosmetics.
The standards of beauty have been set very high in society, which can lead people, specifically women, to feel insecure and compare themselves to others. Tying into one reason women wear makeup: to enhance their self-esteem. One use of cosmetics is to cover imperfections such as rashes, pimples, and beauty marks. Having cosmetics that can cover insecurities can increase confidence and create a beauty unique to each individual. American actress Gabourey Sidibe, who played the lead in Precious, mentioned “one day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.” Sidible exemplifies the true beauty within herself. She explains how the perception of society is unimportant to the individual. What is important is how she sees herself as “a beautiful girl.”
Makeup has inspired the world in a number of ways, including launching cosmetic schools and conferences. Paul Mitchell, a beauty school nationwide, teaches skills in cosmetics, hair, and all things beauty. Numerous students express themselves in forms of art. Attending beauty school creates opportunities that often lead to job openings. For example, becoming a makeup artist and being invited to events to do celebrities’ makeup.
Makeup is used around the world for various practices and cultures. It is used in daily life and can be seen everywhere. Even though society may not always understand the confidence, happiness, and passion it has brought to others, makeup will continue to develop as a business and as an art.
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