Our faces are not blank canvases or walls

"I need a little paint on the old barn" is a phrase I often hear from women describing why they wear makeup. This phrase and other bad beauty metaphors deny the diversity of beauty and makes its seem that the only reason to wear makeup is wear another face that possesses no characteristics of the skin underneath. 

These metaphors need to end. Our faces are not "raw goods" that need to be shaped into some perfect other self. Wearing make-up should be no different from wearing heels or hair bows. Make-up is an accessory like anything else in our closets, worn to invoke a feeling of confidence, sexiness, or whatever the moment requires, then taken off at night, just like earrings, and stored away for another day.

We do not need to justify our reason for wearing makeup or accuse our faces of some inadequacy in orders wear lipstick and mascara. Our faces are not walls waiting to be painted, but skin full of character, marked by life, and radiating unique beauty.

IMAGE COURTESY OF WETPAINT.COM

IMAGE COURTESY OF WETPAINT.COM