Makeup: empowering or hindering?


Allie Mosley does Elijah Woodroof’s makeup as part of a new trend in the makeup world among significant others.

Many men and women force themselves to meet beauty standards set by society. From beauty challenges such as the Kylie Jenner lip challenge to chemical face peels, there are consequences both known and unknown; however, most ignore the looming threats and continue with their endeavors to keep up with the latest trends.

Fairmont Sophomore, Allie Mosley, wakes up at 6 a.m. almost everyday to do her makeup for school. Mosley spends about 30% of her day watching makeup videos or doing her own makeup. She thinks makeup is fun to do, but doesn’t like that without it people seem to always assume that she is sick. Makeup gives Mosley something to do and she enjoys learning new tips and tricks.

However, makeup has not always had a positive effect on her life.

“It makes you feel prettier when you wear it, but makes you feel ‘not good enough’ without it,” Mosley said.

She believes that makeup is definitely centered towards Caucasian people. “In drugstores you can find many different light shades, but hardly ever find a variation of dark skin shades,” Mosley said.

She also sees a problem with young children wearing makeup because they might not know how to take care of their skin and it could permanently ruin their skin.

A new trend is starting to occur where men get their makeup done by their significant others. Mosley’s boyfriend, Elijah Woodroof, allowed Mosley to do his makeup one weekend when they were bored. Woodroof was not a fan of the process.

“It took a lot of time and product. I also don’t like people that close to my face,” Woodroof said. He feels the same way about all the other times his makeup was done.

Woodroof does not have much knowledge on makeup except that it can be very expensive and time consuming. He has a minimal understanding of beauty lingo.

“As long as they are happy, anyone should be able to wear makeup,” Woodroof said.

Junior, Maddie Hurwitz, has a passion for doing her makeup and producing her own line. “It’s another way to express who you are and it gives me a way to explore my body even more,” Hurwitz said.

It can take up to two hours for Hurwitz to do a full face of makeup, but it only takes her ten minutes to remove it all at the end of the day. As an avid makeup user, it has had both negative and positive effects on her life.

“With makeup, it can seem like an expectation to always wear it and people will see me differently without it,” Hurwitz said. But, it also can make her feel like a different person and have a positive impact on her self esteem.

Hurwitz started making sugar scrubs and lip products for herself, family and friends when she realized she could market these products. She now has lipsticks and eye-shadows that she sells from her Instagram page. 

Hurwitz and Mosley both believe that contouring is centered towards Caucasians more than any other race. Mosley says that contour palettes rarely have shades for darker-skinned women and men. Hurwitz sees contouring as centered towards Eurocentric beauty standards such as the nose contour and the shades that come in their palettes.

“It’s important for people to know they can love themselves with or without makeup. Your body is your canvas,” Hurwitz said.