As I mentioned in my October column, I’m more than thrilled to be back in school. But, as a 7th grader, I’ve noticed lots of girls beginning to experiment with makeup- mostly mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow and other cosmetics of this nature. As I walk through the halls, I notice clumped eyelashes, unnaturally black lash lines, and glossy lips. Now, all of this really got me thinking: When really is the appropriate age to start wearing makeup?
Before I continue, I must first address an important point: Wearing makeup doesn’t make you fake or insecure. I have a friend who often has a thick line of obsidian liner swirling around her eyes, and she’s one of the most together people I know. I, even, on occasion, don a dab of blush or sweep of eyeliner. Let me be clear: girls, I am not judging you for having mascara on. Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to talk about my personal opinions about this. In 6th grade, I started wearing eyeliner and after a few weeks, I gave up on even putting it on. Honestly, who even has the time or motivation to wake up half an hour earlier to ensure that one doesn't stab themselves in the eye with a kohl pencil? Well, perhaps some have the time and motivation, but I had to focus on my other priorities.
Obviously, another factor on deciding if one should wear makeup is their parent’s own opinions. It’s never worth it to decide to do something that your mom thinks is a terrible idea and get flayed for it later.
Another aspect to consider is, well, why really do you want to wear it in the first place? Are you just going with the crowd? Are you trying to impress someone? Do you even know? All I have to say on this topic is that, well, quite frankly, guys (at least in my grade) will not notice or care -- If they do, it’s usually not a good thing. Obviously, if you’re caking on so much mascara that an oblivious middle school boy can notice it, I suggest you find yourself a travel-size mirror and a pack of makeup wipes. Whatever your opinion on this matter is, I hope you remember, makeup or no makeup , your appearance will always reflect who you are inside.