Here’s What Guys Actually Think About The Makeup Women Wear

Despite the fact that the majority of men out there don’t wear makeup (although some rock it!), an awful lot of them seem to have a whole lot of opinions and thoughts on it. Or, not on makeup specifically, but women wearing makeup. Recent research on what guys think about beauty products is here to annoy you. A new poll from the website YouGov.com found that 63 percent of men think women wear makeup to trick people into thinking their attractive. Yup: more than half of the men out there are walking around thinking that girls are doing their makeup just to make other people think they’re cute.

Unfortunately, men aren’t the only ones who feel this way. Actually, 55 percent of United States adults overall (men and women) feel the same way, that women wear makeup to trick people into thinking they’re hot. And, as an extra jab to the heart, almost half of women (43 percent, to be exact) feel that women wear too much makeup. So, about half of the people out there have strong opinions about what YOU are doing with your makeup, even if it doesn’t affect them.

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Oh, and even more frustrating? Only 30 percent of the men polled agreed that the media holds women to unrealistic beauty standards, and only 53 percent of women agreed as well. I’m happy the number is higher for women, but only 53 percent?! I would have thought it would be a lot more than that!

Why is this so frustrating? Because it’s not always true, and it perpetuates the stereotype that women only wear makeup to get noticed by men, which is just sexist, old-fashioned, and totally unfair. This kind of thinking contributes to makeup-shaming, and anyone who wears makeup on a regular basis (like myself) knows how incredibly aggravating that is to deal with. As Bustle points out, “Like its close friends body-shaming and slut-shaming, makeup-shaming holds women to an unrealistic standard, and then punishes them for either failing to meet this standard, or for having the audacity to meet it. If you don’t wear makeup, you’re a slob, and if you do, you’re thirsty, desperate.”

If you are someone who also believes that women only wear makeup to trick people into thinking their more attractive, then let me give you a quick lesson on why many of us actually spend money and time on a beauty routine. I proudly wear makeup every day – what some might call a lot of makeup. My every day routine consists of a lot of steps: primer, concealer, foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, setting spray, eye primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow gel, and lipstick or lip gloss. I feel like I can’t leave the house without it, which maybe isn’t the best mindset to have, but hey, it works for me, so I don’t really care if you disagree!

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I love makeup, and I hate when people act like I’m only putting it on for the sake of dudes. Ugh. I literally never finish a terrific cat eye and think, “Man, I can’t wait for the guys out there to think I’m cute.” Why do I wear it, you ask? Here are a few reasons I’m sure other beauty-lovers will relate to:

  1. Makeup makes me feel more confident. Okay, here’s the main argument everyone has: if a girl feels more confident wearing makeup because it covers up, for example, her acne, then isn’t that technically tricking others into thinking she doesn’t have acne? Uh… no. I don’t put on concealer thinking, “Now no one will know I’ve ever had acne. Mwahahaha!” I put it on thinking, “Ugh, I hate how this pimple looks and I just want to cover it up.” It’s more about how I feel than how others feel, if that makes sense. When I finish my makeup and it looks good, I feel good! And I think that’s really important.
  2. It’s fun to play around with. Makeup is… fun. I love trying new products and seeing how they look. I love experimenting with different techniques and finding tricks I can share with other people. I love shopping for it and doing crazy things when I’m going out. It’s as simple as that!
  3. My routine is soothing in the morning. Maybe this is more of a personal thing, but I find makeup to be so relaxing. Every morning, my favorite part of getting ready is sitting at my vanity putting on my makeup. It’s just soothing.
  4. I like it. And, uh, that’s really the only reason I, or anyone, needs.

Of course you’re going to run into people who wear makeup with the sole purpose of looking good for others… but why is that a bad thing? Sometimes I do put makeup on because I want to look nice and I want people to think I look nice! It’s a natural human feeling to want to look good to others. But I’m not doing it to trick people in a manipulative way. And honestly, if people think that, they can refer to this tweet:

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Anyway, the point is this: stop judging other people for wearing makeup. Stop makeup shaming. If you don’t want to wear it, you don’t have to. If you do want to wear it, go for it! Wear as much as you want, or as little as you want. This poll is frustrating, but it doesn’t need to change the way you think about beauty products.

Why do you wear makeup? What do you think about this poll? Let us know in the comments.

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