What Men Really Mean When They Say They Prefer “The Natural Look”

They have no idea what they’re revealing about themselves when they diss women who wear makeup.

Alexandria Roswick
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As far back as I can remember, it’s always been trendy for men to make jokes and assumptions about women who purchase or wear makeup. Countless online forums feature men bemoaning before-and-after pictures of celebrities with and without it. They accuse women of trying to trick men, as if makeup is a kind of deception they could fall victim to.

We’ve all heard the ever-so-charming piece of advice men give one another to “always take her swimming on the first date.”

Many men claim the amount of makeup worn by a woman conveys a red flag about her character or physical appearance. Some go so far as to conclude that interest in makeup determines the woman is vain, materialistic, insecure, or just plain “ugly.”

I happen to love makeup. It makes me feel sexy and powerful. Yes — -I’m aware that the constant inundation of misogynistic societal messages since I was a little girl is undeniably factored into this interest of mine. But that doesn’t change the fact that I genuinely enjoy the ritual of putting on a full face.

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Alexandria Roswick
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Top Writer in Feminism. Blogger for Say It Loud Space (UK). Trauma, relationships, and analysis of media and culture. https://linktr.ee/alexandriaroswick