Pressure to Wear Make Up as a Woman

When I started my YouTube channel, I didn’t know what it was going to be about, all I knew is that I wanted to vlog my trip to Kazakhstan and that’s about it. It was so fun, but there were few things that made me question the way I look. After posting another video, I got a very nasty comment that went something like this “Your face looks so mushed, why don’t you wear make up. At least a little bit, it would help” I replied to the comment laughing and went along with my life, but my subconscious didn’t and you could definitely tell by my channel.

When I got back to New York City my vlogging channel turned into the educational vegan channel with pretty background, me smiling all the time, and with every video I started to wear more and more make up.

Few months later another person, who is now one of my biggest fans commented on one of my very first videos on YouTube: “Wow, you must be the only female on YouTube who doesn’t wear make up. I am doing to subscribe for that alone!” and in the later Β video “Ahhh…. just saw your other videos and you are wearing make up there, so I’ll just give you a like”

This comment got me thinking, why am I wearing so much make up and why there is such a big difference within less than few months?

The truth is, just as any woman IΒ want to look my best. Anyone looks better with make up (if done right πŸ™‚ and men do too! Plus camera makes it even more apparent, and I edit my videos myself… that doesn’t help. However, there is something to be said about the natural look with no make up that speaks to us on the subconscious level. After that comment I went back to no make up, and the response was overwhelming. People loved it and were exited to see the “real” me again. But that’s YouTube, life is a bit different.

There are restaurants in New York City that will send their female employees out if their make up is not on point. I find it strange that they still get away with that. We are told that we look better with make up and advertising doesn’t help with perfect ads of perfect faces with perfect make up. What ends up happening is that we have many women running around with foundation masks on their faces thinking that it looks better than their actual face, make up is art and it not enough to put foundation all over you face.

What I am saying is that you don’t have to wear make up, if you want to, now that’s a different question. To me make up is not a girl thing or a boy thing, is just a thing. Just like in ancient times people painted themselves for expression, today people put make up. It just so happened that in our society it’s only appropriate for women, which sucks, because many men like to wear make up, but it’s not socially acceptable yet.

Long story short, I don’t wear make up in most of my videos now. And when I wear it, I do it because I want to not because I have to. Getting happy with yourself is a tough journey, especially for women because we are held to so many standards. And I am still figuring this one out, but in the meantime you can check out the video for this post πŸ™‚

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