honestly? I only wear pretty makeup so other women will like it. I LOVE seeing pretty makeup on women, it is beautiful. It’s like art. And a lot of times only other women truly appreciate that art. Idgaf what guys think of my makeup, it’s not for them. A guy saying “You’re pretty” gives me nothing. A woman saying “Your makeup looks great!” gives me a happiness/confidence boost for days. The other day my coworker said that she looked at me during a meeting and I turned my head just right and she saw my highlight pop and said it was like *makes angel singing noise* and was beautiful. I almost cried.
I know that makeup has historically been used to attract the male gaze but really, with the advent of makeup videos and makeup ‘culture’ it’s not even about that anymore. It’s about practicing a skill and getting good at it and showing it off to other practitioners of that skill. Like I said, it’s like art.