Are you comfortable leaving the house without make-up?

Rosalia David

ONE of the big debates across the continent is over whether make-up is something that some women cannot live without or is it merely a way of enhancing one’s natural beauty.

Now the question is, which one are you? Are you comfortable enough to show off your ‘natural beauty’ or agree to go swimming on a first date or you cannot live without pampering yourself?

Without bashing those who express themselves through their looks, I think it’s important to accept and understand that women have it drilled into them from a young age that to be successful in everything, from dating to job interviews, to forming friendships with other popular girls we need to be pretty, and the basis for that isn’t entirely cultural.

Some women use make-up to avoid judgement by other people or to appear more confident, sociable and assertive. Well, those could be some of the reasons and we also need to take note that not everyone is blessed with clear and glowing skin. Perhaps there are women who simply want to cover up blemishes on their skin.

However, frankly speaking, you will find women who have beautiful skin but cannot stay away from make-up and that is a little worrisome. I’m sure if you have a bunch of female friends, there will be at least one you know that cannot leave their house without putting on mascara or powder, if not with a complete face beat, no matter where you’re going.

Meanwhile there are those who also go to the extent of sleeping with their make-up on when napping next to their significant others because they have never been seen without make-up. Or at least that is what I think, many consider it an obsession to fake the attractive exterior that once upon a time drew their partners to them in the first place.

I don’t blame them because the flip side is that men fall for the illusion and get a rude awakening the first time they see their new hot girlfriend looking like she has an incurable flu and has aged 10 years overnight. But, if you have a beautiful skin, take some time to train yourself in going out to the world without make-up and see how people react, it’s better to try than not.

From a personal perspective, I have to admit that I do wear make-up, but I also don’t mind not wearing it at all. Sometimes, if not most of the time, I am too lazy to put it on. I can comfortably go out with a bare face because I don't have any major scarring or acne issues, or massively bad under eye rings...

Many say women are trying to deceive men by using the many tricks of the trade to lure unsuspecting paramours into relationships, but despite this, we need to understand that the internet and social media photo filters have also tricked us in some type of way into seeking unreal beauty standards.

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