Celebrities and the media play such a huge role in influencing the way women feel they should look. Every day, you can log onto Facebook or Twitter and see new crazy beauty trends that celebrities swear will make you thinner or give you perfect glowing skin.
In recent news, Alicia Keys has started a no makeup movement. She has been seen at the Video Music Awards for MTV and in all her latest appearances wearing no makeup. Keys’ intentions are admirable, but I do have some criticism of what she is trying to accomplish.
For as long as I can remember, women have worn makeup to make themselves feel more confident and all of this seems to stem from the media telling us we needed to. I know so many women who do not wear makeup on an everyday basis simply because they do not want to, and I also know women, myself included, who are found more times than not wearing makeup simply because they want to.
I have been into makeup my whole life. I watched my mother and my sister growing up applying makeup, and I was so fascinated by it. I couldn’t wait until the day I could start wearing it. I am that girl who sits in her room when she is bored and watches countless makeup tutorials on YouTube because I love coming up with new looks and the thing is … I do it for me.
Nobody tells me I need to wear makeup, but I choose to because I want to and I feel most confident that way. The media clearly puts so much pressure on women to look a certain way, but I feel Keys is now unintentionally doing that.
The media went from sending the message women need to wear makeup to be beautiful, to saying that you are more beautiful without it. So which is it? The bottom line is women get criticism no matter what they do.
If you don’t wear makeup, people wonder why you don’t and if you do wear makeup people tell you to stop wearing it. Everybody always has an opinion and something to say, but there is no standard for beauty.
Keys is exceptionally beautiful without makeup, but she is also millionaire who can afford the best facial treatments and products. If I had that much money to make my skin absolutely perfect, then I’m sure I would feel confident to not wear makeup, too.
Keys’ message shouldn’t be to not wear makeup because you are more beautiful without it. Instead, it should be wear whatever you want to feel beautiful. The media is always going back and forth about what is considered beautiful and what is not, but at the end of the day you are the only person that can decide what you want to do with your own body.
Of course, women do not need makeup to be considered beautiful, but if your personal preference is to wear it, you should not feel ashamed. The media and celebrities will always be changing their minds on what is considered beautiful and what isn’t, which is why you have to stay true to yourself and what makes you feel the most confident.