At school today I was talking to a friend and he was telling me about the random thoughts that he sometimes thinks about. One of the many philosophical thoughts that were swooping round in his crowded head was; ‘why do girls wear make-up and boys don’t?’

Then that got me thinking. Boys have every right to wear make-up just as much as girls have the right not to. Both genders try to make the best of their bodies by doing exercise, being healthy and wearing nice clothes as well as many other things.

However it is only the female sex that seems to feel the need to plaster themselves with lots of overpriced concoctions that can affect their natural beauty.

Although it is up to the girl in question when ether they want to wear make-up, it starts off with social pressure at school. The minute the ‘it girl’ of the moment starts to wear the stuff, it’s a dash to Boots to get the latest mascara, eyeliner, lip-gloss and whatever else you need to feel happy. And once the routine of morning make-up is set in stone, it is a hard one to break.

Confidence is another thing that keeps those make-up brands in the money. Boys can suffer from lack of confidence however- in my experience- nothing like the girls do. Everyday can be a competition of everything, from hairstyles to even skirt size so a quick brush on the face can bring up the confidence of any girl in question.

Believe me I know, last year I couldn’t face going to school without any mascara on at least because, even though the girls in my year at school don’t wear make-up, I felt like all of the girls were so much prettier than me I needed to catch up somehow. But then some of the girls started to tease me about wearing it so I stopped.

However make-up doesn’t have to be something to hide behind. It is also a plaything, something that is definitely equivalent to dressing up. Creating colourful designs on your nail, trying pastel lipsticks and making sunrises on your eyelids are just some of the many challenges that I have enjoyed during my experimental hours.

I would just like to round off by saying that I think everyone has a right to look whatever way they wish so long as it’s not offensive. I know that some people need and use make-up like a drug and that’s not a bad thing.

Make-up isn’t the terrible thing I’ve been making it out to be, it’s just I feel that everyone, from tweens to OAP’s, should have more confidence and be more happy with themselves.

I guess I’m lucky because my own year group aren’t really into make-up and only really wear it to parties so I slipped the net of that habit, for now at least. I hope that I might have alerted some girls to the fact that make-up is not a necessary and other younger girls to the reasons why it is worn.

 

 

I’m Maia and I’m 12 years old. I live in Scotland with my parents and my younger brother and sister. I love reading, playing netball, watching movies, talking with my friends and writing. My favorite subjects are English and History.

 I have recently started secondary school and some of the girls in my year have started to wear make-up. A boy in my class noticed this and was talking to me about it, thus the inspiration of my article.

 

 

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5 Comments

 

  1. September 27, 2012  4:24 pm by zigzagzizo Reply

    this is great. i am nearly a teenager but everyone wants to wear make-up.
    i guess i don't cos nobody in my family does but i don't think its right that year 8 girls should feel the need to plaster themselves in fake mixtures!

  2. October 28, 2012  9:52 pm by alice Reply

    Yes, agree. I think it is totally un-needed to hide yourself behind a painted face which isn't you, just to blend in. A lot of girls are completely oblivious to the pressure of looking nice being a girl. I guess there might be a few for being a boy, but it is not a fly on the girls'. You don't really notice it really. I have noticed I have started checking the mirror in the mornings, seeing if my school uniform looks okay, or my clothes for the day out shopping is good enough. I keep making up to myself that my tiny little blotchy red bit under my eye is colossal, and I have recently tried blusher to hide it. I shouldn't, because why hide yourself? What does it matter what someone else thinks? It's you, and if you are happy, who cares what other people think? If someone bullies you because you don't wear 'cool' stuff, just say you don't follow the fashion, you SET it.

    Being a girl rocks, so don't waste it changing yourself into someone who isn't you!!!

    Thanks for reading:)

  3. April 2, 2013  7:18 pm by holly Reply

    yes i do agree with that we don't need make up taking over our faces

  4. July 17, 2013  12:17 pm by Ellie Reply

    I don't think it's completely necessary to wear make up at an early age but I understand if people do it because they feel self concious of the way they look or want to fit in with their friends. I think some make up is OK but if you use an excessive amount it starts to look bad.

  5. July 17, 2013  12:21 pm by pixie Reply

    A girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do. Some girls are happy with their apparence and some girls are not. There are girls that like making dream catchers and there are girls that dont. It really is a matter of opinion! x

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