Is Makeup Vain?

Considering that I blog most of the time about ‘beauty’ (of the face/skin/makeup kind) I thought I’d share my thoughts on something that has been crossing my mind recently…

Is makeup, the thing I blog about, vain?

If you look up the single word ‘vain’ up on Google, then you’ll get this:

having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth.’

Well, to get this straight, I don’t think that about myself. Still, makeup is in effect a thing that only changes what people see on the outside. Isn’t that a bit stupid? And old fashioned?

Basically, yes.

Then why do I blog about it?

Although there is a part of makeup that is like art and you can express your emotions, I don’t have the experience or money to do that kind if stuff. All in all, I share tips for cheap and easy makeup.

I don’t really feel like I should  have good reasons. We’re not supposed to judge books by their covers and take appearances to seriously etc. etc, which I definitely agree with, but somehow, against everything, I enjoy writing about beauty.

That is my reason for blogging about beauty: I love it. What about you? What do you think? Is that reason enough?

If you have any opinions about this topic then I’d love it if you commented below (I’m sometimes too scared so don’t be) or emailed me at

I’ll be seeing you all again soon,

Apple xx

5 thoughts on “Is Makeup Vain?

  1. The degree to which makeup is used and preferred is both a cultural and regionally varied thing. I think people use it more or less however the people where they live do. I used to live in Los Angeles. It was normal for women, and certain men too, to use a lot of makeup. Now I live in the Pacific Northwest, and nobody uses it except for weddings or if you’re on stage performing.

    Long ago in Europe, it was just as important for men to be made up, and dress in the latest fashions to indicate their high social status. That’s not as true now for most men, but think of how important it is for current music stars, male and female.

    It’s more habit than vanity. Sure, there are vain (insecure) individuals, but depending on the occasion almost every woman uses lipstick and something to bring out the eyes.

  2. I think makeup can aid someone in being vain rather makeup being vain itself. I also think words like “vain” get thrown at people because some people think you can’t think highly of yourself while simultaneously thinking highly of other people. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t think vanity is automatically a bad thing.

    As far as why I write about beauty I think it’s because I love it as well. I’ve been buying make-up since I was 12 and I turn 32 in a few weeks. I’m excited to try new products and help a reader by giving them info they didn’t have before.

  3. Nice post and an interesting issue! I’ve thought about this before too and what always comes to my mind is less about makeup and more about the vibe that vanity carries. People demonize being vain, but EVERYONE cares to some extent about what they look like. People claim that’s vain and then look negatively upon it. I say who cares if makeup is vain, I’d you like it and it makes you feel good, go for it, whatever your reasons may be 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading!
      I agree with you in that everyone cares to some extent what they look like (some more than others). Vanity isn’t always completely bad but I guess what I was trying to say is that makeup focuses more on what is on the outside rather than the inside, which goes against the things that people often try to teach us about what matters.
      I usually don’t get this many comments so please excuse my slightly poor replying skills. 🙂 (yay, smiley)
      Apple xx

      1. You’re replying skills are just fine hun! That totally makes sense and I agree. I think that goes into the fact that people assume we wear makeup in order to feel confident or because we want to cover up (which of course many of us do) but people often ignore the fact that we wear makeup because it’s fun and we love it for ourselves 🙂

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