I never thought the day would come where I would be able to wield a mascara wand, put on lipstick without looking like the Joker, or do a (sorta-ish) passable job of contouring my face.
Somewhat of a late bloomer, I only started to take an interest in makeup when I was in my early twenties. It started off with foundation, then concealer, tinted lip balm, and gradually grew. Through the years I've accummulated a reasonably decent set of makeup with lipsticks, eyeshadows, eyeliner, blush, mascara, and a basic set of brushes.
(Thanks to the abundant fullness of my eyebrows, I've never had to own a brow pencil nor shadows to draw or shade in my eyebrows ; all I do is get them threaded and shaped every now and then.)
I enjoy wearing makeup on weekends or on occasion. For the most part it's the norm for me to be barefaced (save for my daily sunblock application).
I have serious respect for those who have dedicated themselves to getting a full face of makeup down pat within 10 minutes.
I also have serious respect for those who are comfortable and confident to go all out bare faced.
In my perspective, both are equally great and neither one is better than the other.
One thing I've realized is the hypocritical controversy surrounding makeup.
Wear none or too little, and you get criticized for looking dull and frumpy.
Wear a good amount all the time and you get called 'fake' or a 'tryhard'.
People don't say things like 'stop being so vain' when someone takes a nice hot shower and uses a leave in hair mask.
Nobody says 'stop trying so hard' when one sets a goal of eating lots of vegies and drinking plenty of water.
No one would say 'she doesn't really look like that' if someone were to lose weight from working out and getting enough sleep.
So why do some people give flak to those who truly enjoy makeup, and take it up as a form of expression and self-love?