The Mental Makeup

The Mental Makeup

At what age is it appropriate to start wearing makeup? Maybe at twelve, wearing some foundation or mascara seems appropriate; however, as decades have past, the age for wearing makeup decreases from years passed.

Looking back at history, makeup was a way to show what was indicative during that time period. The common theme throughout history is social status. Society is all about status, especially amongst youth.

“I never thought I was pretty.” says Eyrn Willoughby, a music production major. “Growing up I was bullied because I didn’t look like the other girls, I wasn’t the Abercrombie and Fitch wearer, I didn’t have the nicest clothes or the money.”

According to AM J Public Health’s study on adolescent’s social class ranking in school, they found students of lower income families who could not afford to have the best of the best brands and makeup were statistically more likely to be bullied and have a lower self-esteem.

The Daily Mail said a new study has found that over half of twelve to fourteen-year-olds wear make-up most days and seventeen percent refuse to leave the house without make-up on.

People, like Nikki Reid, an amateur makeup artist who suffers from anxiety,, argue that the media and advertising companies are to blame for the low self esteem young girls or boys face.

“I think the media has a lot to do with it.” Says Reid. “I went to a small school and if you didn’t have the look the media was portraying you to have to have then you were deemed unpopular. That feeling definitely made my anxiety worsen, not knowing everyday if I was gonna live up to those standards.”

According to, one in every four to five youth suffer from mental illness.