STAFF EDITORIAL: What is your personal preference regarding how much makeup people should wear (if any)?

The stunning transformation from natural to stunning.

Jessica Wilder

The stunning transformation from natural to stunning.

Additional Jumping-off Points: What is the purpose of makeup? What do you think looks good?

Jessica Borla – As a person who wears makeup, I believe that individuality is important. Makeup is a way to express one’s individuality. For me, I don’t wear a lot of makeup unless I’m going out and getting dressed up; I’ll typically only wear a little bit to enhance my facial features, and also because I’m really lazy in the morning. When it comes to personal preference, I believe that everyone is beautiful naturally, so I like when people come to school with minimal makeup or even none at all because they are defying the sometimes extremely harsh social standards that makeup makes everything look better. However, I don’t mind one bit when people express themselves through makeup; it’s a true art. Seriously, though, people are talented when it comes to makeup. I don’t know how people contour so well, because I can’t do it at all! Keep it up.

Elizabeth Findley – Writing this staff editorial is very hard for me because I know personally what I think typically looks the best in terms of makeup however, I do not wish to offend anybody if they wear something I do not typically enjoy. I think people should wear as much makeup as they want and makes them the happiest. However, that is not the prompt. The prompt is your own personal preference regarding what looks the best in terms of makeup and in my personal opinion, I usually support the “less is more” idea and that makeup should be there to enhance your features if you choose to use it at all. I definitely think people should do and wear what makes them feel the most confident because that is the purpose of makeup. Personally, I usually wear very minimal makeup because I am lazy in the mornings and do not feel unhappy with my appearance without it. In terms of other people’s makeup I do not enjoy when it looks excessively heavy and cakey. I find natural looks very pretty. All in all, regardless of my opinion, people should wear whatever they want.

Riley Findley – I spend half an hour every morning putting on makeup. I use liquid foundation, liquid highlighter, foundation powder, bronzer, highlighting powder, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara. I wear a lot of makeup. My personal preference is that it looks a bit natural and not cakey. I dab with a sponge and brush in circles with multiple, frequently-cleaned brush to ensure that I don’t get cakey. My other personal preferences are that people who wear eyeliner also should wear mascara. It hides your lashes otherwise. In regards to people I would date, guys or girls, I like when they wear foundation. It makes the skin look nice. I don’t particularly care about the rest (I’m not ah huge fan of bright lipstick). The purpose of makeup for me is to make my face shape look better and accentuate my eyes. I do wear it for myself but I would be lying if I said that some part of it isn’t for other people. I like when people think I look good; people always think I look better while wearing makeup, so my personal preference is as much as I feel the need to wear.

Quinn Forney – I’m not a huge fan of makeup on myself, but on others it usually looks nice. It’s a wonderful way of people expressing themselves. I think the amount of makeup that looks good really depends on the person, but I don’t particularly like eye shadow, especially of the colored variety. Some people can really rock it, though. A rule of thumb is that when the wearer begins to look like someone from the Capitol in Panem, it might be a bit overboard. Overall, I don’t really have a lot of opinions on makeup. I’ve not interacted much with it or noticed it often.

J’Nea Greer – Personally, I think that the amount of make-up worn by an individual is solely up to that individual. If an individual wants to pile on a bunch of different cosmetic products, than that’s up to them. I don’t believe in wearing a lot of make-up. I like to think that we are all made how we are supposed to be made and if make-up is worn it should only be worn to highlight the beauty one already possess. I understand that everyone gets those blemishes that you just want to cover up, that’s okay. A little bit of blush and foundation can go a long way (trust me I know), but sometimes it’s all too much. Make-up is an art. Every artist has their own vision of what they want their masterpiece to look like but, when your Vincent van Gogh starts looking less like The Starry Night, and more like Buckeye the clown, I think you’ve reached your limit and might be time to let Gogh.

Madeline Laguaite – As a fellow makeup user, I can say the reason I wear makeup is for me; I don’t wear makeup for anyone else, just me. I’m not trying to impress anybody. Ergo, I feel like it’s completely up to the individual sporting the makeup. If someone wants to only wear mascara, that’s okay. If they want to use a couple layers of foundation, plus eyeliner and eye shadow, with a few coats of mascara and a lip product, I think that’s fine too. It’s a personal preference and it should remain that way. Don’t let anyone tell you what to put on your face, because that’s your decision.

Jordan Meaker – I believe that people should feel free and comfortable to wear any amount of makeup that they want, and I would never judge anyone based on the amount of makeup that they wear. Personally, I usually stick to a simple beauty regime of foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadow, but that’s just because I have no skill when it comes to makeup and I have a massive amount of respect for people that have talent and dedication when it comes to using beauty products. I love that makeup is this amazing tool of self-expression, and the only problem I have with it is that many people, young girls especially, feel pressured to wear makeup, like they have to wear it or they’ll be judged. I think as a society people just need to become more accepting of other’s life choices. Girls and boys should have the freedom to wear as much or as little makeup as they want. I think that people look the best when they’re happy, regardless of how much or how little makeup they’re wearing.

SungMin Park – I have this happy fantasy of waking up one day to find make-up eradicated from existence (Lambert would look so different). I don’t prefer it, but only for reasons unique to me. The first would be that I hate having anything on my own face. Since childhood, I have constantly tried to run away from face sunscreens, creams, and lotions. But sometimes I have had to and I have detested it each time. My cheeks would feel as if they were suffocating, to the point where my chest would contract and I’d have a harder time breathing. So whenever I see make-up, I feel a slight discomfort. The other reason for not preferring make-up would be this: during middle school, my best female-friends were girls who mostly rejected it. So that characteristic rubbed off on me and now I find a make-up-free face to be most appealing. I love looking at a beautiful girl’s face and not finding a trace of eyeliner or foundation. Now, this does not mean I secretly hate the ones who do wear it. Recently, I’ve grown to appreciate it. At times, I even feel attracted to it. But if you ever decide not to wear it one day, please show me. For some odd reason, it would make my day.

Kathryn Raynor – As an artist, I find that makeup is just another medium to express your creative voice and clearly express who you are as a person. In that regard, I think that any amount of makeup is adequate for any individual because it is who they are and how they choose to present themselves that day. The problem arises when people feel like they have to look a certain way, which results in them covering up their true self expression. This makes them feel repressed when it comes to exploring who they are as a person. Whether they feel they can’t be outlandish or have to doll themselves up in order to be accepted, I prefer seeing people confident in whatever is or isn’t on their face.

Nusaybah Smith – I, as a person, am an avid lover of makeup. I believe in its art and its beauty as much as I understand its potential harm. Like anything, the way this cosmetic is approached makes all of the difference. Personally, I think theatrical makeup, and even the everyday winged eyeliner is art. I don’t wake up in the morning and think, “Hey, I hope my crush appreciates the highlight on the inner corner of my eye.” However, whenever I don’t wear makeup I tend to feel naked / exposed. When makeup becomes a necessity is when it goes too far. When it comes to quantity, however, whatever makes others happy is something that I celebrate. Feeling good about “going natural” is wonderful but there’s nothing wrong with a nice, dark tone or even something polished or fluttery for an interview. Makeup can be powerful and the main focus should be on making sure it empowers – not destroys.

Cayla Vanderzanden – I would like to start by enforcing that makeup is a very personal thing. Most people don’t wear makeup to impress others; they wear it to feel confident about themselves. Makeup is a tool that allows people to feel prettier or more comfortable in their own skin. However, I do have my own personal opinions regarding makeup and how much makeup is too much. I believe there is an issue when you look like a completely different person when you are wearing makeup versus when you aren’t. Makeup should be an asset to your features, something to make your eyes pop or cover up a few pimples. It shouldn’t transform you to look like somebody else that’s entirely different. It’s incredibly important to accept yourself for who you are and how you look. Personally, I think you shouldn’t wear foundation in a way that makes you look fake or powdery. I believe it looks bad when your eyes have black goop in the corners. Honestly, I think everybody looks better when they appear natural. I wear mascara and a little bit of foundation. That’s it. Eyeliner is fine, but much more than that is too much in my opinion.

Lael White – I believe every girl should feel free to wear makeup. But how does one know when you use too much makeup? Personally I think that makeup should look more natural by using nude colors such as brown, white, and light brown eye shadow. Makeup should enhance the beauty you already posses. In regards to face makeup I believe that if you cover what you would like to it will always look good, just as long as it doesn’t pile up on your skin. For eyes, try not to make your eyeliner too thick so that it doesn’t hide your eyes but put more focus on them. Makeup is very easy to master and most girls have it down pat. As long as you don’t go overboard with it makeup is a great thing for all girls to use.

Logan White – Makeup is often viewed as something used to cover up insecurities and imperfections but makeup is much more than that; it can be a source of self-expression and confidence. Girls are accused of wearing makeup because they aren’t sure enough of themselves to show their real faces. But, makeup is a way to illuminate natural beauty and strengthen confidence. Personally, I wear makeup every day because it makes me feel like the best version of myself. Wearing makeup does not make a girl a “liar”, a “fake”, or “attention-seeking”. It makes her someone who embraces herself. Makeup isn’t a mask; it’s an art and a method of self-expression. Makeup or no makeup, it doesn’t define who the girl is.

Jessica Wilder – As someone who wears makeup on a regular basis, I am well aware of the multiple opinions going on around makeup. Some people think we wear it to attract the opposite sex or just get extra attention, others think we do it because we are insecure or don’t love ourselves. The first thing anyone needs to know about makeup is that it’s for the wearer only, not for anyone else. Secondly, that whole thing of people saying “she wears too much makeup, what’s with all the contouring and highlighting?”, I wear liquid foundation with setting powder, I contour my face, wear some liquid lipstick and do some eyeliner and mascara. I do it because society has told me that flaws on my face are weird, therefore I have accepted that makeup is a way out of it. However, I wear it because it accentuates certain things about my face that I like, like my cheekbones and eyes. I believe that there are no rules to makeup. So, if you want to go for a strong highlight or winged eyeliner and bold lip, do it. As long as the makeup is done right, it’s the wearer’s business and nobody else’s.

Kelly Yoon – I was personally more than excited about this particular editorial of the month, because I currently have a blog specifically based on beauty only. I have this strong passion to makeup and is completely addicted to the power of the product itself and on people’ faces. I am constantly improving myself to stay on top of the trends that rapidly changes without letting me know. That is how much I care about makeup and I have never found myself judging others for how much makeup they have on. I think that everyone is able to make their own choices, not pressued by others, and decide on themselves how they would like to be seen physically. Even though I wear makeup probably 330 days out of 360 days each year, I still have great respect towards the ones without anything on their faces. I do not think there is an exact answer to makeup nor does anyone have the authority to teach others their way and change the differetn styles of others.