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The post below originally featured on the blog I wrote before I started The Glitter Vixen. As I was feeling quite uninspired this evening, I had a little look at ancient blog posts for a little spark. When I saw this post, I was reminded on recent comments that certain YouTuber's are anti-feminist because they feature hauls and makeup looks on their channels. I realised this is still relevant, despite being years old!
For some, the notion of a feminist beauty blogger is one which is just too hard to comprehend. For many people, feminism and beauty products just simply do not match. Surely a feminist should be comfortable enough with her own looks to not need to spend money on so many different kinds of cosmetics, as I do? Don't women only wear makeup because men expect them to? Doesn't wearing makeup go against the idea that appearance isn't important?
My answer to the above questions is a strong and resounding NO. The notion that a feminist is uninterested in beauty products and probably doesn't shave is entirely outdated. My appearance and lifestyle shouldn't even be up for discussion in a feminist arena, but the sad truth is many people cannot comprehend that it's possible for someone to care about their appearance and still hold feminist values.
Let's analyse why I wear makeup. It's not because my boyfriend wants me to, in fact, he'd rather I went without, particularly when it comes to lip products! It's not because society expects me to, if I want to leave the house without a full face on, then I will, it's just rare I choose to. Do I wear it to compete with others girls? No, how ridiculous. I'd much rather have girls like me or dislike me because of my personality, not because of how I look.
I first started wearing makeup on a daily basis around 13 years of age. I've been colouring my hair since I was 11, and I was 12 or 13 when I first dyed it black which is roundabout the same time I started wearing makeup regularly. Previously to that, I had asked my parents to buy me makeup and I had dabbled in it from time to time. At this time, I will admit, I felt ugly and I thought makeup would change this. As a pre-teen and for some of my teenage years, I wasn't very confident in myself. However, when I started colouring my hair black, my makeup was very much about achieving a certain "look" rather than something to make me feel less ugly. I'd just discovered punk and goth and was anxious to fit in with that sort of crowd, I adored the way these people looked and I wanted to look like them.
As I got older, I learnt to stop listening to people at school, and certainly by the time I'd started university, I'd decided I could definitely have been a lot worse off in the looks department. I was going to apologise for that statement, but quite frankly, I'm proud that despite a poor start and the negative media I am surrounded by, I can be confident in the way I look.
Part of my confidence does come from wearing makeup, and I do feel wearing it enhances my appearance. But, I am intelligent enough to realise that whether I wear makeup or not does not define my worth as a person and I do not in any way depend on my makeup and other beauty products to feel confident. It is here that the reasons why I do not thinking being a beauty blogger conflicts with my feminism start to become clear.
Honestly, I enjoy applying makeup. I can't imagine a regular routine that doesn't involve me applying makeup. I like watching my skin transform under foundation and I have great fun playing around with different coloured eyeshadows and eyeliner, matching them to my outfit, working out what looks best with my skin tone, my eye colour. Both applying and wearing makeup makes me feel good and it is something I do for myself. No one tells me I have to do it, it's my choice. I like to review and talk about the products I use and buy, because I enjoy it, and other people find it useful and hell, if I can ward someone off buying a bad product, or boost someone's confidence by recommending an amazing product, then I most certainly will!
What can be more feminist than me having the freedom to choose my own interests and explore them at will?