Amazing Kids! Magazine

Makeup: The Effect It Has on Teenage Girls

By Stella Prince, Nonfiction, AK Adventures, and Global Village Editor


When you go to a dance or a party, most teenage girls automatically think, “Buy a new outfit, straighten hair, and put on makeup.” I guess there’s nothing wrong with the fact that some like to dress up on special occasions, but for teenage girls, makeup has sort of become an obsession rather than a fun thing to do once in a while. When I check my social media every day, almost everyone I know posts numerous videos of makeup tutorials. That’s all they talk about, all they watch, and seemingly all they do. I’ve noticed that ever since the Internet came around, teenagers are being bombarded by continuous commercials and photographs of models with gobs of makeup on. And pop stars and famous actresses think this is okay, too, by filming commercials for these makeup products and wearing tons of makeup at various red-carpet events. I’ve also noticed that many teenage stars approve the “gobs of makeup” look and will post multiple videos of cosmetic tutorials and photos of themselves getting new makeup or trying various products out. I personally don’t think it’s right at all to wear all these cosmetics just to make you look “prettier” or “improve” your appearance. No one you really want to please is going to like you better because of how much makeup you put on. And if they do prefer a girl with makeup, they are not seeing the real you.

I think this is a serious issue and feel the need to do something about it. That’s why I personally have decided to mostly boycott lipstick, mascara, blush, and all of those makeup products that many teenage girls use. And I encourage you, reader, to consider this issue because in my opinion, true feminism is all about choices and leaving decisions up to individuals rather than joining the herd.

Makeup has also become a group activity at parties—so, in addition to applying it on their own in constant makeup tutorials, girls now routinely apply cosmetics at sleepovers and parties as a group activity. This brings up a whole other issue: What are the girls that don’t wear makeup supposed to do when all their friends do each other’s eye shadow and mascara? You can either join the group or be left out.

I also feel that putting on makeup is a throwback to the 1950s, in a way. Back then, women constantly faced heavy pressure to always look “presentable” and “lady-like” while the men didn’t have to dress up or fix their hair to look proper. But then in the late 1960s, women began to throw off those restrictions. They fought back and liberated themselves from ridiculous standards. So after all these women did to fight for equality, everything’s going back to the way it used to be.

So, is this inevitable? Hopefully girls will think about what they’re doing and the issues involved. I certainly am.