Whilst perusing my Google Reader app, I came across this article showcasing the supposed "worst" makeup on the internet--basically displaying pics of women (not celebrities--just everyday people like you and me) and mocking them in the snarkiest, most mean-spirited, schoolyard bully fashion. Since my blog is about how to have fun with beauty and it's written by an amateur with some pretty shaky self-esteem and questionable makeup skills, I can't help but feel like one of my looks could have easily been part of the article. Thus, a nerve was hit and, like Christine of Temptalia.com, who wrote this awesome response to the original article, I'm taking to my own piddly little internet soapbox and here's what I have to say:
As women, we face scrutiny, criticism and attacks on our self esteem every where we turn. The last place we need to find this kind of negativity is on a large, supposedly professional beauty-focused website. The fact of the matter is, Beautyriot.com's article is poorly researched (many of the makeup looks mocked by the article are THEMED and CHARACTER looks, not intended to be worn every day), terribly written, unenlightening, unentertaining, in the poorest of taste, petty, immature and really the only joke is on Beauty Riot itself for allowing such crap to appear on their site.
Like Christine of Temptalia touched on in her own response, we live in a far too negative, far too critical world. The women who posted these pics did NOT do it with the intention of being cruelly and shallowly laughed at by a large website that is an entity unto itself. They did it because they recognize that makeup is FUN. Color is FUN and we should be allowed to play with it and use it as a vehicle for self expression--whether we are trying to be prettier or create a character or illustrate a theme.
Whoever wrote this awful article needs to issue an apology to every last woman in every last picture featured. To the women themselves, and to ALL women for that matter, all I have to say is if you enjoy creating and rocking these kinds of looks, then that is ALL that matters! Makeup is art and art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.. This article is just another example of why we need to stop worrying about what the rest of the world thinks, just love ourselves, strut like the QUEENS we are and let the hate fall into the dust we leave in our tracks.
<end rant--back to our regular scheduled programming...or lack thereof>