By Chloe T. and Lime Green Giraffe Copy Editor, Avery B.  

As girls in today’s society, there is no escape from the issue of makeup. You see your friends wearing it or glimpse it on the popular girls at school. You see it in every social media post or on every magazine cover. There is a constant barrage of advertisements and propaganda trying to convince you that makeup is the key to becoming more mature, more beautiful and just a better version of you altogether. Makeup to some is an important milestone for young girls, while others are opposed to the concept and want to emphasize natural beauty only. Here at the Lime Green Giraffe, we want to unpack some of the perspectives surrounding this topic and share what makes makeup such a controversial subject. 
Some girls might turn to makeup to make themselves feel more mature. They see models and actresses and social media stars wearing makeup. They could see makeup as a vessel to achieve that kind of sophistication and beauty. Additionally, we think girls want to start wearing makeup to fit in, whether with their friends or with the popular crowd.  
However, we think both of these trains of thought are rooted in insecurities and uncertainty about a girl’s own identity. Makeup is not a cure all or an instant way to become popular or appear older. Many of the stars that you see are in their 20s and 30s, they wear heavy makeup that isn’t meant for a day in middle school or high school. It isn’t practical to expect to look red carpet ready with a little bit of makeup.  
Our advice? Don’t pressure yourself into something you aren’t ready for simply because your peers are already wearing mascara or concealer. Everyone is ready for different things at different times in life and it’s important to remember that.  
Makeup to some wearers is way to improve their self-confidence in their daily activities. It is that little extra reassurance that they'll make it through the day proud of how they look. Some say that natural beauty is what allows the most confidence. However, that can be false depending on each individual. Makeup isn't there to hide your true or “natural” beauty but rather to enhance the features that make you, you. Author, Courtney Summers says, “My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl's sport, but it's not. It's armor.” Just as Summers said makeup is the armor to adults, kids and everyone in between. It makes what the person wearing the makeup considers imperfections vanish allowing them to shine their brightest without the worry of how others perceive them. Do whatever makes you feel as though you’re on top of the world. 
Wear a lot of makeup, only a little, or none at all.  
We believe makeup was created to make you feel beautiful in your own skin. Created to allow you to shine brighter than a thousand stars. To allow you to look at yourself in a mirror and think “I am going to rock this day.” Whether you wear as much as the celebrities or you only apply some light foundation, at the end of the day as long as your confident it doesn't matter what anyone else believes.  
So to sum up, makeup shouldn't be perceived as bad or good, wrong or right but rather whether or not it makes you feel confident. Be you. Be beautiful.  

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