By Aoife Kearns
Makeup is something that has had a certain therapeutic value in my life. And I will be the first to admit it makes me feel less like I’m 9 days into a sleep deprivation buzz, and more like I just got asked to be a Victoria Secrets Angel – but I had to cancel because I’ve got to submit an article to the College newspaper that day. (BTW that’s completely true, honestly.)
As someone who had a lot of body image and self-esteem issues in my lifetime, I think it’s very difficult to forget these things so easily. They will linger, almost like the smell of stale fart in a room. You think there’s no smell there, but question yourself. “Is it just me? Ah it hardly is…I’ll just forget this happened.” But the smell does linger, as much as you convince yourself otherwise, just like that horrible voice in the back of your head.
Ah now you’re wondering, what the hell does makeup have to do with this: confidence. There will be times when you do lie in bed wallowing in self-pity, but for me, and I’m sure many others too, dolling myself up results in a U-turn and makes me feel good about myself and for myself. (I know, an Irish person saying something positive about themselves!! It’s a wonder there’s not something in the constitution against it! ‘The Act Against Notions’ maybe?
There’s no doubt plenty of people are a little bit guilty of using the products because they don’t feel 100% comfortable in their skin. I mean I didn’t carry a secret pot of Dream Matte Moose in my pocket for two years of secondary school just for the craic. (Yep stunnah) But there are two ways at looking at makeup, it should be less “Oh my god, THANK GOD I’ve this on or I’d look like a toe…shag it where did I leave the feckin’ concealer?!?!?”, and more like “Yanno what, I’m not feeling too shabby at all, now lads, where’s the prosecco?”
Makeup is a talent, a career for so many but for a great deal more a feel good hobby that should be respected like any. I suppose it’s completely understandable how applying makeup is so therapeutic. For every person that uses beautifying as an unusual type of therapy, is another who likes to go for a walk to clear their head; a person who swims 12 lengths of the a pool; a person who closes the door sits at their piano. Make-up can mean confidence, self-appreciation and, I suppose, a type of self- healing people that get from any hobby.
“The Lipstick effect”, the psychological idea relating wearing makeup to self-confidence was investigated by Harvard University in 2017. It found not only does it help with confidence, but it also helps with cognitive performance. There have been many in the past that have criticised people’s reliance of makeup. They saw it as a way in which women would merely to improve their appearance to impress others. To look at it in such a way now seems ridiculous in the age of MUAS and “Inglot”. Nowadays it seems more people know the names of snapchat bloggers than of the Taoiseach (This should be surveyed in a 2nd year class in an all-girls School),
So gals, line those lips, highlight like a junior cert student with a bundle of home-ec notes, and make that wing so fleeky ‘twud cut a bitch so good, all you could use her for is fire-wood. Be confident in whatever works for you, and if a pair of falsies help that, so what?