I'll be the first to admit, I wear makeup. Sometime more than I probably should. I've always been interested in it since I was little, sneaking my mom's lipstick or eyeshadow when I had the chance. I've learned what I have about applying makeup from YouTube video tutorials. Recently I have become more interested and passionate about learning makeup techniques (contouring, baking, etc.). But recently, many have made it a point to critique the use of cosmetics and how it they are just a cover up to one's own beauty. But is makeup really a mask or simply an art of expression?

I am all for going natural, trust me. Especially during the summer, you'll rarely see me in more than a bit of mascara. And if you're a person who chooses no makeup, more power to you. But I myself see absolutely nothing wrong with wearing it. If it is what makes you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, smack that stuff on. We tell people that need to learn to love themselves, but when a girl puts on some makeup all of a sudden she's "being fake." But is the stress of worrying what people think really worth it? If there is one thing I've learned in the twenty years of life is to do what you love rather than caring what people think.

Besides it being something to enhance your physical features, it is really an art. Some people get very expressive through cosmetics. The makeup being the paint and your face being the canvas. There are so many different styles: natural, smokey, avant garde, and more. I've spent hours experimenting with different products and even more watching YouTube tutorials (informative and entertaining). It's the best way to learn new tips and tricks.

The point is, your makeup shouldn't be something to be ashamed of. If that is what makes you happy, then more power to you, and if you prefer going all natural, that's fine too. The point is, there shouldn't be any judgment no matter what you decide to make you feel beautiful. Live life to the fullest, contoured face or not, because it's too short to miss out.