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Power of Makeup: Women Tell Us How Makeup Helps Them Feel Empowered & Beautiful from Within

"Why are you wearing makeup? You look better without it." 

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Foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and a touch of lip-gloss to top it all off. Does this give you an image of a woman who is not beautiful, a woman who is fake? Does it bother you that when you walk on the streets and you see a woman in all her glory, wearing makeup as perfect as the bright sun? Do you think that the idea of a woman boldly wearing makeup of her own choice is wrong? If the answer to all these questions is a yes for you, then my friend you are so mistaken. 

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For ages now, women have been disregarded or considered gullible, a slut, dumb, or fake, just because they prefer to wear makeup to feel more beautiful. For years, society has claimed that makeup exploits women. Unfortunately, there have been countless instances where people look strangely at someone for wearing makeup or make insensitive comments because they couldn't accept a woman wearing a lot of makeup. After all makeup shaming is something which is done unabashedly and people don't even give it a second thought. However, many people who wear makeup claim it empowers them, that it makes them feel as though they have control.

While no one should feel compelled or forced to use cosmetics, some beauty lovers are tired of being accused of using makeup to hide flaws or to impress other people. But the question is, so what even if they do that? Because in the end, it should really come down to what each person wants for him or herself.

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Beauty definitely doesn't mean the same thing for everyone. It is a vast sea of answers changing accordingly, from person to person. It is a choice that we make according to what we want to think. So, we decided to ask the women of Vagabomb how makeup helps them feel more empowered. And the answers would reveal a lot of biases that the society has created around the very idea of beauty. Read on. 

"Looking good makes me feel more confident and like I can take on the stress. Plus, even if you had a bad day, at least you looked great so that's a nice consolation."

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"I used to not use makeup at all because I did not want to be "one of those girls." But over the past year, since I've bought and used makeup properly for the first time, I really really like it. I feel like I look better when I'm stepping out, especially with lipstick. If I had the time, I would probably learn how to do full makeup every day because I think it's a sign that you put effort into your appearance and make yourself feel good. It's the same reason you dress up in good clothes. If I'm anticipating a big, stressful day, I actually put on really nice underwear, a favourite outfit, and some lipstick -- because looking good makes me feel more confident and like I can take on the stress. Plus, even if you had a bad day, at least you looked great so that's a nice consolation." 

- Madhavi Pothukuchi 

"Makeup lets me channel my personality, and reflect what I am feeling or thinking."

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"I think it just makes me feel confident, like it gives me an extra boost. Makeup also lets me channel my personality, and reflect what I am feeling or thinking, like with clothes. Also, I have noticed that the confidence I get from wearing makeup, carries over, so I feel confident even with zero makeup on my face. Everything about it is just so beautiful"

- Adrija Sen

"I started using makeup and it's honestly so empowering. You can make your face look like whatever you want it to, and it's like a painting."

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"I've always had a running conflict with my femininity. As a little child, I was always asked to 'not behave like a girl' and thus, in my heart, I always wanted to be a boy. All women who wore makeup, IMO, were too girly. And even though I ached to get my hands on the products and try for myself, something inside me would not allow me to use 'makeup'. Recently, I started using makeup and it's honestly so empowering. You can make your face look like whatever you want it to, and it's like a painting. Whenever I used to be sad, I used to paint something, or sketch something and keep it close to me. Looking at the painting made me feel happier throughout the day. Makeup is the same thing, except it's on your face."

- Prerna Prakash

"Makeup is like a mask over all my fears, my vulnerability, and my flaws. When I put on makeup, in my head, I see it as a shield between my inner self and the world."

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"I have loved makeup for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid who could barely string words together, I'd put on my mom's compact powder and lipstick and go around the house, pretending to be its boss. As a gawky and fat teenager, wearing kajal and a little lip gloss helped me feel confident because they instantly uplifted my face and made my features more prominent. As an adult now, I love wearing full makeup and experimenting with it not because they make me look good but because they're like a mask to all my fears, my vulnerability, and my flaws. When I put on makeup, in my head, I see it as a shield between my inner self and the world. And that empowers me because I know that as long as the makeup is on my face, people will only see me the way I want them to. It helps me rise above my shortcomings and my weaknesses and be confident in this world that is constantly trying to pull women down."

- Sreeparna Mazumder

"Makeup for me acts as many things - an armour against the world, a mask, and also something to make me feel beautiful."

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"For years, I had avoided wearing makeup. I used to avoid anything that will make people notice me because most of the attention hadn't been nice, especially when it came to beauty and all. And growing up as a tomboy, I did not know how to apply makeup. My mother too never used a lot of makeup. Her idea of makeup is to apply kajal and a little lipstick. I was happy to be the wallflower when it came to getting people to notice me physically. But this changed in the past year. I realised that I do love makeup because not only does it enhance your best features, it also acts as a great confidence booster. This change had been mostly because of some very nice people in my life who complimented as well as treated it as an ordinary thing whenever I tried to put makeup. Instead of laughing when I botched up, they would very nicely suggest how to make it better. And I realised that makeup for me acts as many things - an armour against the world, a mask, and also something to make me feel beautiful."

- Debopriya Sarkar

"I started out by using a kajal and a simple lip gloss and the way it added to my whole look gave me a sense of completion, it added to my beauty. At the end of the day, it is my choice."

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"I always had a love and hate relationship with makeup. Growing up I never had confidence enough to wear even a kajal. I thought makeup was for 'those type of girls.' But as I grew old, I started learning there is no such thing. I started out by using a kajal and a simple lip gloss and the way it added to my whole look gave me a sense of completion, it added to my beauty. I started feeling more empowered by using it. And now I do experiment with makeup and love buying my favourite products. I do not feel ashamed to wear it, no matter what other people think. If I feel like adding a number of layers of makeup on my face or just a lipstick and kajal, at the end of the day it is my choice. Because by the time I walk out the door, I am not the same girl who hides her face in the pillow at the sound of her alarm."

- Krishna Priya Pallavi

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It is easily understandable how makeup is not everyone's cup of tea. It is not necessary for everyone to like it. But it is also important to know that if someone enjoys prepping themselves up and beautifying their skin gives them a sense of happiness, then that is also okay. Because it is important for every woman to know that she is beautiful, irreplaceable, and that she blesses this world with her uniqueness. Makeup is not a bad thing and the implication that it can hurt a woman’s self-esteem is wrong. 

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