I started wearing makeup when I was around 13 years old. It was basically the birth of Avril Lavigne's music; you know, where everyone wore too much eyeliner, ties as belts, chipped black nail polish and pretended like they were in the 'Skater Boy' music video. Makeup, at that age, was something I (and many others) did to fit in. Something to prove that you were 'getting older'. The transition stage from being a child to a teenager.
15 was the year I discovered how much I actually liked makeup. I was always interested in it, but now it was more of a hobby than it was a trend. It was also the year that girls in my school were getting a lot of backlash for wearing makeup or for even expressing interest in it. It was almost as if wearing makeup meant you were self-centered or unintelligent. That was three years ago and at least some things have changed.
For one, people have become a bit more open minded regarding the reason as to why people like to wear makeup. You see, society has this mentality that people wear makeup to impress others.
Yes, you can wear makeup to look 'put together', (if thats how you wish to describe it) or to enhance your natural features - but wearing makeup can also be a confidence boost.
I think there's a certain security in knowing you look good. Just like wearing makeup can be a confidence boost, not wearing makeup can be too. [This is not a makeup vs no makeup post. I participate in both and I respect people who do neither.] My point is, people find just as much security in wearing makeup, as they do in not wearing makeup - there are tons of people who are intimidated by it and therefore never experiment with it.
Wearing makeup is a choice and people who do wear it, wear it for themselves. Beauty bloggers for example, or at least the ones that I know, like sharing their hobbies and talent with others. Others do it because they want to conceal something or to express themselves.
If it makes them happy, who are you to tell them they can't do that?
It's the same with how you choose to dress. You do it for you, not for anyone else. For me, wearing makeup is more about the time I get to spend on myself than anything else. I like wearing makeup, but I also like not wearing makeup. Either way, if I want to wear highlighter that's glowing so much that your future is reflecting off of it, then damn straight I will.
After all, I do not wear makeup to impress you.