Have you ever heard of makeup shaming? In the world of beauty, we deal with lot of contradictions, the biggest of which is probably tension between using a ton of products versus trying to get back to a bare face. Of course, there’s always the Switzerland of beauty philosophies: That is, using eight bajillion products to create the ultimate #nomakeup look. And while Miriam Webster hasn’t added “makeup shaming” to the dictionary just yet, the idea is that one person makes another feel humiliation or distress based on the level of their beat. At the end of the day, our philosophy is that you should wear as much or as little makeup as you damn well please—no makeup shaming allowed.
That’s exactly the point Miami-based makeup artist Amy, who goes by the Instagram handle @agentsometime, made when she posted this killer eye look to silence the makeup shaming haters. The MUA, presumably fed up with people judging her preference for a solid contour, a statement eye, or a bold lip, posted a total mic drop response to those telling her she should wear less makeup.
With the caption, “When someone tells you to stop wearing so much makeup,” she delivers the perfect “NOPE” response without ever having to utter a syllable—or bat an eyelash. Respect.
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Here’s the thing: Whether you take pride in your bare-bones moisturizer and mascara look or your indulgent 16-step daily routine, it’s really no one’s business. That’s exactly the point Alicia Keys is making with her #nomakeup movement that’s swept social media and a sea of usually glammed up celebs. “I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right,” Keys says in our current issue (where she also rocks some killer liner looks for the first time in a year). “I think makeup can be self-expression,” she told Allure. “I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point.” Insert all the “praise hands” emoji and FU eyeliner looks here.
Get a BTS look at Alicia Keys’s February 2017 Allure cover shoot: