November 19, 2018

BY KANDACE GALLANT

I may not have many social media accounts like some people, I just have Facebook and Twitter, but I still notice all the nasty comments that people leave for others and I don’t understand why.
Something I’ve noticed lately is people hating on makeup tutorial videos that are posted. Comments will say that the girl looks like a clown, or that she looks more beautiful au naturel. Some even ask why she’s showing younger audiences how to cover all their natural beauty, or that she’s teaching others to be insecure about themselves.

I highly disagree. I admire girls who post videos on how to do different makeup tricks. I like to watch them and get ideas. Do I think that some wear too much? Of course they do. But do they like wearing it? Yes, and that’s all that matters.

I love getting ready to go out for a nice dinner, or for a shopping trip to Toronto, and a part of getting ready is doing my makeup. I think it’s fun, especially when you learn different techniques. I like trying different ways to do my eyeshadow, or different ways to do my eyeliner. I also have a slight obsession with shopping for my favourite makeup brand names, like Urban Decay or Benefit. I love trying their new products and I don’t care if people judge me. I have fun with it, it’s an interest of mine, and I will continue to wear makeup no matter how much people feel like girls shouldn’t.

It’s funny because my girlfriends have said the same thing and I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed the negativity toward makeup.

They’ve asked me things like, “Why can’t I just do my makeup the way I want to do it without people judging me?” or, “Just because I wear makeup doesn’t mean I’m insecure. I just like it and find it fun to do.”

Makeup is also a personal, unique style that defines someone. Some girls like to wear black eyeshadow every day, some like to wear red lipstick every day, some like to apply fake eyelashes … It’s a part of who they are. So why does that have to be turned into negativity?

People should feel free to dress and look the way they want without it becoming an issue. After all, if we all liked and did the same things, the world would be a pretty boring place.

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