I have a bit of a bad habit. Sometimes I accidentally end up listening in to other people's conversations. It happened at the weekend in the Primark returns queue and the other night waiting to be served at a bar in Manchester. I can't help it. But like all of Taylor Swift's rumoured break ups, it's these kinds of things that inspire me to write.
Today's topic was make-up.
"I don't get girls these days, they cake it on with all of that contouring. I reckon there should be a ban on make-up - that way the good looking people would still be good looking and the ugly people would still be ugly."
Believe me, it took all of my energy to not step in and have a counter argument, but then I would have looked really weird and I just wanted a drink at the end of the day. Contrary to popular belief, I, like many others, don't wear it to please anyone else but myself. If I want to wear a bold lip or spend an extra 5 minutes on my face - it's not so I get wolf whistled on my way into work or so I'll get hit on at a bar. It's because it makes it makes me feel better about myself, it lets me be creative and I appreciate it.
Make-up is, at the end of the day, an art form. It's a skill, it's creativity and yet to some, let's call them 'the outsiders' for the sake of this post, it's merely a £5 lippie from a shop. So of course comments like the above happen, I get it. But make-up is personal. For some, they wear it because they're insecure without it - it acts as comfort blanket and it makes them feel more confident, so in my view - to hell with everyone else. Why begrudge anyone feeling better about themselves? It's not hurting anyone at the end of the day. Unless you're like me and you fall asleep before taking it off and have white bedding.
Don't get me wrong, I love not wearing it too. It means I'm ready quicker and I can actually rub my eyes when I'm tired without having the fear I've just transformed myself into a panda. I used to never leave the house without it and I was partial to the odd 'You look tired' or classic 'Are you ill?' comment the minute I went without. Well sorry Paul the plumber, I didn't think your 30 minute trip to my house to fix the leak was reason enough to warrant sponging on my £20 a bottle foundation.
I can't contour for the life of me - seriously I tried and sat there looking less blended perfection and more basic bitch. So fair play to the girls and guys that do. You have a skill I'll clearly never have and if you feel like you can boss life doing it, go forth and be fly my pretties. I also sport the same make-up look every damn day and whilst my sister goes bold or goes home with a pink or blue eyeshadow, my eyelids haven't seen colour on them since I was ten years old and raided my mum's eyeshadow palettes.
We might think someone 'looks fine' without it and she 'doesn't need all that slap' - but if they wanna wear it, let them. And dear god if nothing else, please don't ask a girl if she's tired just because she didn't conceal under her eyes that one time, because you'll look like a dick. Because at the end of the day, we can go from feeling rough from a hangover to glowing goddess with just a few tools when we wanna, so who's the real winner here?