Recently, Alicia Keys attended the VMAs without a trace of makeup on. She looked stunning, per usual, and not only looked beautiful, but looked happy, which is wonderful. Because of the society we live in, people started to criticize her and say that she should have been wearing makeup to the awards, she was ugly without makeup, etc.
This is, of course, fucked. People criticized her because she was a woman and as a woman, she is expected to come in with a full face, otherwise she is seen as unattractive. She shouldn’t have to deal with backlash and criticism because she didn’t contour for the red carpet. If she didn’t want to wear makeup, then that should have been that. As far as her not wearing makeup concerns me, I’m indifferent because after all, it isn’t my body, it isn’t my face. I don’t have a say, but for the record, I think she should be able to do whatever she wants, as any other woman should.
People are writing about the ‘No Makeup’ movement being inspiring and showing women they don’t need makeup to be beautiful. If a woman feels this way and decides not to wear makeup, I say good for her, she should do what makes her happy. But the fact that this movement is telling all women they shouldn’t wear makeup is where a huge problem lies.
Alicia is making a stand that women don’t have to wear makeup to be beautiful, something society has taught us for as long as makeup has been around. She is making a stand against the pressure put on women and others telling them what to do with their own bodies. But by telling women that they shouldn’t wear makeup, you are still telling women what to do with their bodies. The problem doesn’t lie in the fact that the movement is encouraging women to go bare-faced, but that it implies women wear makeup because they’re insecure and want to cover up, and therefore all women should stop or at least wear less makeup.
Many people are under the assumption that women wear makeup because they’re insecure. This is true for some, but as a statement for all it is complete and utter bullshit. Other people say women wear makeup for men, which first of all excludes gay women who don’t give a shit what men think, and second of all is complete and utter bullshit. Do women highlight their cheekbones with champagne pop for a boy? Do women have all four Naked palettes to impress a guy? No. I don’t have 91 lipsticks because I’m insecure, I have 91 lipsticks because I’m fabulous. I don’t contour daily because I feel bad about myself, I contour daily to slay daily and show that I’m a boss ass bitch. I wear makeup because I’m a creative person, and because I think it’s fun, and because nothing gets me more hot and bothered than a dark purple lip during the fall and winter seasons. I wear makeup because it gives me an extra pep in my step, when I look in the mirror I go ‘yasssss slay bitch’ and there isn’t anything wrong with that. I wear makeup because I want to, not because I feel like I have to, not because I’m insecure, and not because I’m trying to impress a guy. I’m not wearing makeup to cover anythibg, I’m wearing makeup to express myself, I’m wearing makeup because I like doing it. Do I feel confident without makeup? Yeah, I do. But even if I didnt, that isn’t any of your business, anyway.
So, this is more to the followed and not so much Alicia herself, because she hasn’t deliberately said women shouldn’t wear makeup like people who have shared the movement have: Don’t tell me or any other woman she shouldn’t wear makeup, it isn’t inspiring, it is a choice that each woman should be able to make without getting critised for it, on ither side. If you don’t want to wear makeup then you should be able to do so without hearing any negativity, but the same goes for women who do choose to wear makeup. We all slay together, makeup or sans makeup.