It's a Girl Thing

Wearing Makeup To Look Attractive

There are those who use makeup as a security blanket to cover up flaws: acne scars, rosacea, dark under eye circles, you name it. Then there are those like me who appreciate the coverage makeup can provide, but whose primary reason for wearing it is to enhance their appearance

I wear makeup to look attractive, and there is no shame in that.

I like the way makeup looks on me, therefore I wear it. It is not something that I do for the benefit of another, only for myself. I don’t go through my morning routine thinking about how the guy round the corner who street harasses me with his cat calls, is really going to appreciate my eyeshadow of choice. No. Him, with his primitive behavior, most likely does not even know what eye shadow is. Of course my makeup is not for him, or anyone else.

It’s for me to wear, so that I can look my best which is part of  working towards being my best self. It’s for those moments when I happen to catch my own reflection and think, ‘I look good!’ Makeup makes me feel pretty, and I like feeling pretty.

The only time I will take a someone else into consideration when applying my makeup is when I am going on a date, because in that situation, looking my best is part of the seduction. Of course, I am not going to bat my brown eyes at him with my naturally stubby eyelashes. There is a reason the goddess Aphrodite provided us with mascara, and why I will use it to its full volumizing effect.

There is always that judgmental person, or group of people, who feel the need to tell you how makeup is some big façade. They bombard you with the vexatious argument that makeup is simply a means to disguising your true self and try selling you some line about how putting ‘all that stuff’ on your face means you are hiding your natural beauty. Nonsense. There are a lot of things that are not natural about people. We naturally don’t smell like the designer or celebrity fragrance we spray on ourselves. That does not mean that without the perfume or cologne of our choice we would reek. It simply means that we leave your house smelling better than we would with nothing but some deodorant on. It’s the same with makeup; I am enhancing what’s already there.

Yes, there are those who wear makeup like a mask, to completely transform themselves into someone new. They apply it with a skill that is to be admired and with each layer they feel more beautiful and self assured. They stand a little straighter and walk a little taller, face the day feeling good about themselves all because of the application of a few cosmetics. Why then try and humiliate these people by making them feel that they are less for wearing “all that makeup” when it is that makeup that is giving them a belief in themselves and a self confidence to achieve their goals. Sometimes, in order to get things done you just need to feel good about yourself first, and that is okay.

There are those who will read the title of this article and instantly pass judgment. They will claim wearing makeup simply to look attractive is superficial and vapid. Yet, were I to write a piece about eating the right foods and maintaining a regular exercise schedule in order to be your best physical self, no one would bat an eye. However, once I include that being my best self also comes with the application of a perfect winged eyeliner, all of a sudden I am shallow or self absorbed. Sure, you can argue that a balanced meal plan and regular exercise go towards having better internal health benefits and the external ones are just a great bonus. Still, there are plenty of things that people do for themselves, to enhance their appearance that hold no health benefits. People bleach their teeth, they get tattoos, dye their hair, wax, shave and buy clothes that flatter. People want to take pride in their appearance, there is no shame to be had in wanting to present and represent your best external self.

Which is why I wear makeup to look attractive.


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  • Rachel Silva

    Love it! I’m right there with you!

    • Sam Kasse

      Woohoo! *high fives*

  • Jordan Hill

    I really commend you on this, I wont lie when I first read the title of the article I was ready to be offended…and I wasn’t!! You really put your point out there, you don’t wear makeup for others, you wear it for you; and I think that is the perfect reason to wear makeup!! I rarely wear makeup, but when I do it’s not for others it’s for myself. I think a big problem with women is that we are programmed to think that makeup is needed in order for society to see us as attractive. Which is something I can’t stand. Thank you for putting it into the right perspective!!

    • Sam Kasse

      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed the article!

  • Megan Anne Covert

    I wear makeup because if one more person asks me if “I got punched,” I will nuke this community. Srsly, I have allergy shiners AND I’m Sicilian. I was screwed at birth! Get off my back!

    • Sam Kasse

      Trust me, there are days I am VERY thankful for some concealer to cover up!

  • Lisa Morningstar

    I love wearing makeup. I also love not wearing it sometimes too. Six out of seven days a week I have some sort of makeup on. Sometimes that means foundation, blush, cat-eye eyeliner, and bright red lipstick. Sometimes that means some powder, a light eye shadow, and mascara. I wear it because I like to even out my skin tone. I wear it because sometimes I like to look like a pin-up girl or Morticia Addams. I wear it because I love the way I can transform from one look to the next with a little blending and a good color palatte. I don’t wear it to impress anyone and sometimes I won’t wear it because I don’t need to impress anyone 😉

    • Sam Kasse

      Cat eye eyeliner and a bright lip is my go to when I want to glam up!

  • Caroline Jeffery

    you should check out the youtube channel I Love Makeup, sponsored by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics… it’s a bunch of youtube ladies who are funny and entertaining in their own right who happen to love make up and apply their silliness to said love. there are tutorials and challenges and general fun times!

    • Sam Kasse

      I gasped when I read this comment! I love, love, love Bobbi Brown. Thanks for letting me know about the channel .

  • Emily Sullivan

    I don’t wear makeup aside from eyeliner and occasionally mascara. It’s just something I’ve never done. I don’t care if other people wear it, I’m just too cheap and lazy (and uneducated on the topic) to have any desire to buy and use it. I think that makeup, especially on the eyes and lips, can be a fun way to express yourself, too.

    • Sam Kasse

      I think makeup really is a great way for people to express themselves. Whether it is one product or twenty. All that matters is that the person wearing it feels beautiful and confident.

  • Rayn Elyse O’Bryan

    I have to thank you, I run a support fanpage on Facebook for the disabled and its all about encouraging them thru video tutorials, articles and other media content regarding crafts and beauty tips and medical breakthrus and topics all to help encourage the disabled to keep fighting and to keep living thru the want of looking their best or doing something fun. This article was perfect for today’s post. It really delivers the right message and I truly hope it helps at least one person reading it get thru another day! thanks you with all our hearts!

    • Sam Kasse

      It means so much to me to hear that you think my article is worthy of sharing with your support fanpage,. Thank you! I will definitely check out your link/page!

  • Erin McCaffrey

    This is an awesome article! Love it :)

    • Sam Kasse

      Thank you Erin!

  • Samantha Kulchar

    What do you guys think of semi-permanent makeup? I love not having to put it on every day, but still having it on my face 24-7. It helps that I work for the company too 😉 Let me know what you think, I’m always interested in hearing feedback. We’re local in Beverly Hills, so not trying to sell or anything, just want to see from a more broad audience’s perspective because this is a great article. I’d love to link it to our FB page, too is that okay? So if you love to have makeup on every day, but are too lazy or don’t want to spend the money on it, ladies, would you want to do this to have it on every day? Would waking up in the morning and seeing your makeup on wig you out?

    • Sam Kasse

      Feel free to link/share the article as you like.

      Personally I would not want to have semi-permanent makeup on. That is simply because I love being able to switch my look and if I have it permanently on my face then I would have to work around that makeup. I like the idea of my face being a fresh pallet that I can play with as the mood strikes.

    • Ciji McBride

      Makeup trends change too often for me to want to get semi-permanent makeup. I know several women who had their eyebrows tattooed in one shape in the 90s, and now thicker eyebrows are the rage and it takes tremendous effort to fill in the faded tattoo eyebrows.

    • Ciji McBride

      I will add that semi-permanent makeup as a corrective measure (like after a mastectomy or for vitiligo) seems totally reasonable.

  • Julia Trombley

    Putting on makeup is like putting on warpaint, it makes me feel powerful and ready to take on the world.

    That said, it is also nice to be around the people in my life that I don’t need to wear my warpaint for :-)

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