By Hannah Finley

Before I begin, I must admit to being a hypocrite. I indulge in the same thing that I silently criticize other teenage girls for indulging in. I wear makeup almost everyday to school.

I’m not going to flat out claim that makeup is bad and girls shouldn’t wear it; however, I want to openly criticize the vain necessity that makeup has become thanks to societal expectations.

Because makeup is worn by the majority of teenage girls, it has become the “norm.” I believe that girls aren’t always confident without makeup because they are scared to stand out. Let’s face it, fitting in is a lot easier than going against the grain. As senior Emily Torquemada stated, “If everyone wasn’t wearing makeup except for one person, they would stand out more, and most people would rather fit in than stand out. I think that’s why a lot of people do wear makeup. Everyone else does and they don’t want to stand out.”

In my opinion, makeup should not be used to cover, but rather to enhance certain features. Many male students on the Arcata High Campus seem to agree. Senior Josiah Ennis supported this idea when he claimed, “I feel like there’s a point when it becomes too much, but I feel like all girls should look how they want. I kinda like natural, but depending on the situation, I think girls can make their makeup look cool.”

Many may wonder why girls start wearing makeup to begin with. Is it to fit in? Is it to impress other girls? Is it to impress boys? Well, I assure you that male representatives from each grade on campus agree that they prefer natural beauty” over heavy makeup, or they simply don’t care or notice at all.

So, again, what motivates girls to wake up early and put on makeup every morning? It comes down to  the necessity to fit in with the rest of society. Society begs girls to wear makeup. They create unrealistic expectations through photoshop in magazines. They push makeup products through propaganda. They support heavy makeup in the media. If makeup was not so widely supported and expected, girls would be comfortable enough to leave the house without it.

“I think that that’s partially guys’ faults, or even the world’s fault. I think everyone should try to make girls feel like they can come out in public however they look. Society kind of expects girls to wear makeup. I think they should feel okay without makeup, and also people shouldn’t judge,” Ennis stated in response to the idea that many girls are too insecure to be in public without makeup for fear of being seen by a peer.

Luckily, there have been small shifts that encourage natural beauty. Pop culture is beginning to focus on a messy, day-after look in which girls support lighter makeup and aim to imitate a perfectly disheveled look. Additionally, in Marc Jacobs 2015 spring fashion show, his models made a statement when they walked down the runway makeupless. Hopefully we will see less of a dependence on makeup in years to come.