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Is Makeup Empowering or Awakening? Read This

Is Makeup Empowering or Awakening? Read This

When was the last time you’ve stepped out in public without applying some makeup on? Some of you may not even remember it! The reason behind this is that wearing makeup has become a ritual for women whether they are going to the office, the gym, to the mall, or the grocery. Arranged on the dresser table is the usual variety of cosmetics: mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, blush-on, foundation, eyeshadow and powder. Women may take minutes or even an hour to put their makeup on. One thing is for sure, it will be time well spent to look more charming and attractive. 

So the question is, do you really need makeup to look beautiful? 

This is one of the biggest questions that has produced a lively active debate among women accept that you don’t need makeup to be pretty. They contend that real beauty reclines on who you are and not who you want people to view Youtube. These are the women who believe that society has identified women with makeup while men don’t. For them, they believe that makeup objectifies women and motivates greater sexual discrimination. 

But did you know that women started wearing makeup as early as 10,000 B.C.? Women utilized cosmetics to flatter certain features and hide the body odour in Ancient Egypt. Their eye makeup is created from a material called Kohl that was massively used to shield the eyes from the glare of the sun. And even men before during that period wore makeup too! 

There are plenty of women who are good influencers and have empowered others who also wear makeup and are not seen by society as beautiful or strong. In fact, they are seen as both! Take for example the pop star, Alicia Keys who lead the movement posted a picture without makeup and captioned it with., “Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”


Are you the type of person who loves spending time in front of the mirror, testing out different looks with your lipstick, exploring different colours for your eye makeup, perfecting your foundation and blush? Wearing makeup does not objectify you. Makeup not only enhances your beauty, but it also has other benefits that are empowering. 

So here are several reasons to consider wearing makeup. 

Improve Self-Esteem

One of the main reasons why women like to wear makeup is that it gives them bigger confidence which is really empowering. They are in control of how they want to look. Although women like to get influenced by their role models, it doesn’t mean that they would copy how their icon normally styles herself, but they would do their best to catch the same vibe, spirit, and the importance of the style. Women who wore makeup feel more empowered and confident in social events and gatherings than those who went all-natural, according to a study conducted by the International Journal of Cosmetic Sciences. 

Women Building Women 

Many people think that makeup creates conflict among women. However, not many know that makeup even builds communities. Women who are passionate about makeup love to get together, note their similarities and acquire each other’s styles.

Women like to talk to other women about makeup to obtain acceptance. Some of the reasons why they wear makeup are to conceal some insecurities and other mental or emotional issues. For instance, you like to wear a foundation to cover up your scars from an unpleasant case of acne or an accident. Women discuss these similar issues to each other and it’s actually an effective way of relieving oneself of insecurities. 

 Women Feel Good When They Look Good 

Aside from looking physically good, wearing makeup can actually make you feel mentally stronger. You know why? Let’s take for example your job interview. Of course, you would want to look your best when you are about to be interviewed for a job, right? When you look great and professional, you feel a lot more confident presenting yourself and making your way to the interview room. 

 It’s a Hobby and a Form of Art 


On a normal basis, it will only take you 11 minutes to finish putting your makeup. However, if you’re the makeup lover who is so interested in experimenting with different looks and styles, it might take you an hour or two! Putting makeup on is a form of art to some and some women consider it as a “playtime” whether they are feeling sad, happy, or just fabulous. Makeup is a form of expression too! 

Most women who choose to wear makeup are just simply celebrating their beauty and it doesn’t mean that they are being enslaved by the dictates of the society. It makes women feel good, be confident, and inspired to get on with the day ahead. 

Author Bio: Ivandrea is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brands with 85 concept store, over 100 department store counters. Ivandrea loves anything skincare-related and also believes that makeup is another form of art. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.