While wearing makeup is an entirely personal choice, many seem to feel that anyone who swipes on foundation or lipstick is using it as a crutch or mask. If you’ve ever had someone suggest that your choice to wear makeup means you’re uncomfortable with your appearance, you’ll appreciate body positivity activist Michelle Elman’s latest post. Michelle recently shared a side-by-side photo of her face cut in half to prove an important point. On the left, she wore almost no makeup, while on the right, she applied much more. “Body positive,” she captioned one side. “Still body positive,” she added on the other.
Michelle’s Instagram raises an important point: that the prevalence of makeup-shaming suggests there is something wrong with visibly touting your use of cosmetics. But, as she so effectively proved here, the products you apply to your face have nothing to do with how you feel about yourself. “Body positive women wear makeup all the time,” she pointed out in her post. “The difference is that we aren’t reliant on wearing it. We don’t NEED it to feel beautiful because we know we are inherently beautiful with or without it.” As she went on to say, body positivity is ultimately about having a choice when it comes to creating and owning your look. As for whether that looks incorporates dewy skincare, microbladed brows, or a statement lip, it’s entirely up to you — and no one should be able to tell you otherwise.