Beauty
Why You Shouldn't Be Ashamed That You Love Putting on Makeup
"Not all of us had the privilege of using #NoFilter or #IWokeUpLikeThis."
IMAGE Mark Jesalva ART Clare Magno

The discussion for makeup-shaming has been around for ages but we're glad that in this day and age, we are slowly finding the courage to stand up for ourselves and our passions. The truth is, makeup isn't about pleasing the people around us. It's not about pretending to be someone we're not. It's a way to empower ourselves, to make ourselves feel better, to give us a glimpse of the person we're yet to become. These are the things we were reminded of after watching Sha'Condria iCon Sibley's powerful poem In My Skin. While some words may be a bit sensitive, we love how she captures our feelings towards all these memes and jokes on those of us who love makeup. (via HuffingtonPost.com)

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Yes, we can't go to sleep without makeup on or wear it for 24 hours. But it's not false advertisement, because we don't put it on our faces so people can stare all they want and comment all they want. We put it on because it empowers us and makes us feel so much more.

"This is not vanity. It is survival,"she says. "It's the only way I can avoid having the smudges of your joke rub off on the collar of my self-esteem." She then aims the poem at people who think makeup isn't empowering or men who say they don't like women who wear makeup, that "not all of us had the privilege of using #NoFilter or #IWokeUpLikeThis."

And just like how powerful this entire poem is, Sha'Condria ends with these powerful lines that we ought to remember: "This is not me wishing to be something I'm not, but me passing as something I already know without a shadow of a blemish that I already am. And that y'all is f***ing beautiful."

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Ayessa De La Peña
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I am Candymag.com's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.
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