Why We Need To Stop Judging Women For Their 'No Makeup' Selfies
I don't do #nofilter. Sorry, but if my face is in the photo, I'm going to whiten my teeth, blur my pores and darken my brows. The internet is immortal and I don't want a photo of me looking like Chewbacca to be the world's lasting memory of me.
I also used to wear makeup no matter where I went. I'd wear lipstick to walk my dog, mascara to go grocery shopping and blush to hit up the dentist. This was largely because I wanted to put my “best foot forward” in the world. Now, it's too hot (and I'm too tired) to really care if the world sees my mascara-free self.
Last week, Kylie Jenner uploaded a seemingly makeup-free selfie to Instagram. And, of course, the biggest question was, “Is she or isn't she wearing makeup?"
To that, I say: WHO CARES?
This isn't a dig at Kylie. I actually really respect the huge influence she has on the beauty world. I even own three Kylie lip kits.
However, what does it matter if she wears makeup or not in her photo? Better yet, why should it matter if any woman, famous or not, chooses to wear makeup in her #nomakeup photos?
At the end of the day, it's a woman's choice to manipulate her photos in any way she sees fit. That can mean Photoshop, filtering or cropping. It also means makeup.
Makeup is an art form. It's meant to enhance the features we already have at its most basic level and create drama at its most artistic.
To some, “no makeup” means using three different products. To some, it means 10. To some, it means zero. For me, a “no makeup” look still involves primer, concealer, foundation and setting powder.
Maybe it does for Kylie, too. Maybe not. Either way, it doesn't matter -- she's her own person and can make her own decisions about the kind of person she wants to portray on her social media outlets. If Instagramming a #nofilter photo makes her feel top-notch, then who are we to question it?
Besides, as a society, we tell women that they look best with no makeup. Then, when they upload a photo of themselves claiming not to wear any, we have to question it. We look for any way to prove a woman isn't as naturally pretty as she claims she is, which is not only unfair, it's misogynistic.
In short, it's none of our business if Kylie -- or whoever -- decides to not really be makeup-free for a makeup-free selfie. Let's focus on more important things, like what lip gloss she's wearing.