Let’s Put An End To Both Makeup AND Bare Face Shaming | Clozette
Today, you would think that the world is already becoming progressive. People are becoming more outspoken when it comes to calling for feminism, equality, aversion of the stereotypical notion of beauty, etc. But one thing that I still personally can’t grasp fully is the back and forth between makeup and ‘bare face’-shamers.

It’s quite frustrating to me that people, especially women themselves, can’t help but drag each other down as to who is better: makeup lovers or those — and to use their own words — brave enough to go out in public without it. ‘Women empowerment’ has been thrown like a grenade between two camps, claiming that one is more motivating and inspirational than the other, and it makes me think, why can’t they both be?

I have never seen a discourse on both issues in one piece. It’s usually just about makeup shaming or just about ‘promoting natural beauty’ and never both. So today, I decided to list down the reasons why it’s important to shove the two mentalities out the window.

We all have our reasons

Whether you like makeup or not, it’s really your own business. But the thing is, sometimes other people think they're in the position to make your business theirs, making blunt comments about how a woman who doesn’t like makeup can’t care for herself enough. The same goes for women who love makeup, who are told that they should embrace their own natural beauty. Saying that it’s a two-way street is just too simple; the fact is, you can’t please everybody and you shouldn’t try to set standards for someone else, too.

Someone might feel empowered when they swipe that lipstick on, but does that mean they have low self-esteem? Not necessarily. If someone dares to go bare-faced in public, does that mean they have given up on themselves? Maybe they’re just confident about themselves, so kudos to them.
People are not entitled to 'just' an opinion; it should be an informed one

Have you ever stopped and listened to why someone prefers to go about how they present themselves? I have heard people say that makeup led them to letting go of their inhibitions and realise that they can be beautiful. And I have talked to people who say that going bare faced makes them feel more empowered. How is one less than the other? Isn’t the whole point of beauty and confidence all about being comfortable in self-expression? These are the questions to ask before jumping into conclusions about someone. 

Objectification stops when you, yourself, take a stand against it. 

I say enough of memes saying that women who prefer to go natural are better partners, or that women who wear makeup are better in bed. Or that women who prefer one thing over the other are much more superior, more beautiful, smarter, blah, blah, blah. It's disappointing to know that there are women who still share memes and articles like that on their social media profiles or comment in full agreement to these ridiculous posts. Why do you have to box yourself into just one category?

Never leaving listicles on must-watch coming of age/chick flick movies of all time, Mean Girls is more than just about high school cliques, drama queens, and wearing pink on Wednesdays. One of the things that stuck with me the most from the movie is a line by Tina Fey’s character, Ms. Norbury, saying women should lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. The character emphasised that when women call each other names, it gives men the idea that it's okay for them to call women names as well.

It rings true because the labels never seem to end when it comes to this issue, and it gives light to the same principles of feminism. Women need to stop dragging each other down and should just focus on something as simple as giving a sincere compliment. We can never move past the first point of gender equality or the call for empowerment if we can’t even grasp the idea that those who prefer makeup and those who don’t can co-exist in peace.

At the end of the day, beauty from within is what matters

This is probably idealistic and cliche, but I figured this is still worth noting. The first thing we see is someone’s face, and we never get to know their story unless we know them. I guess it’s human nature to judge based on appearances, as it usually gives us the first clue towards someone else’s personality. However, is it enough to claim our personal assumptions as true? You tell me. Because personally, I believe that generalising, stereotyping, and not even trying to look beyond someone’s physicality is unfortunate. At the end of the day, makeup or no makeup, real beauty is all about treating other people right.


Since we are talking about breaking the odds, here are three questions we think women should no longer hear.



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It’s the season to kick off our heels — literally. Summer calls for laid-back style, and for us, that means not being bothered to wear constricting clothing of any kind — including our footwear. We’re all for sandals and flip-flops this season. With that said, we’re definitely going to give more attention to our feet.

If you’re getting ready to let your toes take a bit of attention, here are a few things to make sure they’re not only pretty to look at but also pampered.



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It’s a beauty trick that’s not being given much importance. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells and helps prepare your skin to absorb the care you want to give it. So make sure that you give your feet some extra lovin’ by exfoliating twice a week. 


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After exfoliating, make sure that you moisturise it. Apply a rich moisturiser to your feet before going to bed. Wear a pair of socks to really lock in the moisture. Just make sure that you clean your feet first before doing this, of course. 



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Give your feet a relaxing massage; you can do it by yourself or book a trip to your favourite spa — either way it’s sure to be a treat. Not only will you feel good after the session, but a massage also improves your blood circulation.

Clean your nails

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Make sure that your toenails are just as pretty as the sandals you are wearing. You don’t need to get the latest type of polish or the best kind of nail treatment; just make sure that your nails are kept clean.


Now that you've learned these tips, here are a few shoes that will go well with your pretty, pampered feet.



A red lipstick is essential to anyone’s beauty stash. However, as empowering as the product may be, finding the right kind of red can be a bit challenging. Besides the formula and the consistency of the lipstick, you also have to take your undertones into consideration. But makeup is supposed to be fun and not as tedious. So today, we’re giving you the cheat sheet on getting that red lipstick on point depending on your skin tone. 


Fair skin

Lucky for you porcelain princesses, rocking the pink-reds, orange-reds, and blue-reds are easy for you. The classic red lippie gives your skin some contrast, making it look flushed and lively.

Medium skin

Doing a colour swatch can go too bright or too pale on this skin tone, making it challenging to match with a red lippie. Blue-reds are always a safe bet, as well as brown-reds, but make sure to stay away from bright pink-reds and orange-reds to avoid making your face look washed out or darker than it is.

Deep skin

The queens of vampy lippies, women with deeper skintones make burgundy-reds and purple-reds look amazing. They look as effortlessly gorgeous as swiping your favourite nude lippie — trust us!


Get your perfectly matched blushes too with these tips!