By Lily Floss ‘13Feminist Columnist
First off, I want to apologize to those who read my title and now will now have that song stuck in their head for all of eternity. As someone who’s had it as her mental background music ever since she started thinking about what she was going to write in this issue, I sympathize. Now that apologies are taken care of, I want to talk about something important: makeup.
I love makeup. I have a product for everything: daytime, nighttime, mock trial court time, times when for some reason you need to wear fuchsia glitter liquid eyeliner, everything. And let me tell you, you can have my mascara when you pry it from my cold, dead, lipstick blot-covered hands. But I can’t pretend that makeup isn’t problematic feminism-wise. I mean, isn’t makeup supposed to be a way to de-uglify your face? After all, as the media likes to tell women, “Everything about you is the worst!”
Well, I say “NO!” to this conception of makeup! Even if this was why makeup was first invented, times have changed, and I think makeup needs a makeover. Instead of thinking of makeup as a way to make yourself presentable, how about we redefine it as a form of self-expression? When preteen girls are first exposed to BonneBell Lip Smackers, what if they wore them because they wanted to ROCK that purple cherry-berry flavored lip gloss, instead of thinking it would make them fit in with the cool girls? What if when high school girls applied their copious amounts of eye makeup in the morning, instead of thinking, “This eye-shadow will attract ALL THE BOYZ!!1!” they thought, “This is a smoky eye day.” Why should makeup be any different than clothes, hairstyles, jewelry, or tattoos? It should be how we show the world, “My name is Lily Marie Foss, and I love when my lash-lines are glittery and fuchsia!” Or whatever your name is. But seriously, isn’t makeup just art that you put on your face? I think it should be.
Obviously, not everyone wants to wear makeup. And I get that. Not everyone wants to have hair or tattoos, or wear clothes, even. But if we change the idea of makeup to be something that lets you express yourself instead of something to make yourself pretty, then women and girls who don’t want to wear it won’t feel pressured to, and those who do won’t feel like they’re doing it to cover up their hideous visage, or that they’re bowing to sexist pressure to conform to restrictive gender norms. Makeup should be fun. Especially fuchsia glitter eyeliner, because that is such a ridiculous product—ridiculously awesome, that is.