And as for this sentiment’s more prevalent relative, “I like natural beauty, not women who wear a ton of make-up.”
Here is the thing: you don’t get to belong to a group of people that constantly tells women and girls to make themselves prettier, and then criticize them for going ahead and trying to make themselves prettier. You don’t get credit for telling beautiful women to wear less make-up if and when you are equally quick to point out flaws in other women. You don’t get credit for saying you appreciate “natural” beauty in women who are already conventionally beautiful by LITERALLY EVERYONE’S STANDARDS. (And who — I’m serious, and though you do not believe me, I’m telling you it’s true — are definitely wearing make-up.) That’s what I hate perhaps most of all: the assumption that anyone should pat you on the back for saying something like this. I’m shaking my mascara wand at you! Fuck off!
Even guys who do not, as individuals, enforce this directive on women, as surely many don’t, are still not allowed to say that anyone is wearing too much make-up, because in 99.9% of cases (i.e. everyone but that make-up artist guy on E!) they don’t know what they’re talking about. Give it up! It is over. There isn’t enough time left in life to teach you all of this stuff.
Here is the new law: if you cannot identify each and every product on a woman’s face, you can’t say that there are too many on it. It is forbidden.
This post by Katie Heaney originally appeared on her blog Shut Up. Tell Me.