The Struggles of a Tomboy Trying to Be Girly
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The Struggles of a Tomboy Trying to Be Girly

Yes, that's dirt under my nails. What of it?

The Struggles of a Tomboy Trying to Be Girly
Caitlin Moran

Not wearing much makeup, dressing comfortably all the time, and being one of the boys is not always a good route to take as a girl. When it comes time to actually be a girly-girl, the struggle becomes real. Makeup becomes a new world with a new language, clothes become fitted, and shoes become less comfortable. Style is important to have when it comes time to put on the big girl panties, but it is something I, as a tomboy, am quite far behind in. I can thank cheerleaders and Pinterest for what little bit a do know about being a girly-girl. Being a tomboy is difficult when you have to try to be girly, and here is my top struggles of being girly.

1. Makeup has an entirely new language. First off, there is contouring, highlighting, bronzer, and all these other words that describe things that I completely do not understand. Pinterest tries to give details on what to do and then they start throwing out all these products I need to buy and brushes that work better than others. Seriously, there needs to be a class for non-cosmetology students to figure out what these beauty products are called, what they do, and how to apply them, so I can count it for an art credit.

So here is a little story about how oblivious I truly am to the world of makeup. I prance my way to a beauty shop, and try to find the Pinterest recommended products, only to discover how many different shades, styles of brushes, and who knows what else! The woman working there does not accept "pale white" as an accurate description for my face shade. Instead, she starts talking about ivory, natural ivory, and some other shade of ivory. Then comes the great excuse, "My mom is calling. I have to go," and I walk out with the same expression of the married man that was trying to figure out the same things that I was so confused about. The moral of that short story is to do more research on Pintrest before going into Ulta like you know what is happening.

2. Batman shirts are not acceptable for events that require nice clothes. Apparently, doing this... only acceptable if you are humorous guy who just got married because to anyone else they are inappropriate when it is time to "dress up". Printed tee-shirts are totally my style. They are comfortable, they show my personality, and they go great with jeans or sweatpants. However, not every occasion can a girl pass with just a tee-shirt and jeans. That is when Pinterest comes to the rescue again. It gives me movie inspired outfits and thrifty ways to wear them too! It is just actually rocking the outfit once I have it that becomes the problem because then you have to figure out all the makeup stuff from before, and the shoes become less comfortable.

3. Nikes do not go with every outfit. I like to just slip on my running shoes and go out the door, but that is not always the case. The more occasions where I cannot wear tee-shirts, the more girly shoes I have to wear. Combat boots are also not a valid option with a dress. It is so sad that in order to look good, comfort goes down the drain. Plus, I am clueless in the ways to walk in high heels. This is how I think I walk in heels:

This is what I actually look like walking in heels:

That is usually when people ask, "You don't wear heels often, do you?"

Do not get me wrong, looking like a walking post off of Pinterest is awesome, but that is not my true style. I am relatively simplistic with tee-shirts, basic makeup, and comfortable shoes. That is what it is like to be a tomboy because I never had a need for a contouring kit when playing in the dirt. All of those women who know how to use makeup like that are amazing, simply beautiful, and I respect you for having that ability. All women are beautiful, but I know that the world of a girly-girl is just not made for me.

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