Why we shouldn’t judge other peoples beauty routines

There has always been chatter around peoples beauty routines, how much makeup they wear day to day and how long they spend getting ready in the morning. From Zadie Smith comments at the Edinburgh Book Festival “From what I can understand from this contouring business, that’s like an hour and a half and that is too long…” to beauty bloggers decalring their love for wearing makeup and the process of putting makeup on. Opinions from all sides were vocalised in 2017.

Whether you are a fan of wearing makeup and going through a rigorous skincare routine or not, it doesn’t matter. The fact that people think it is ok to judge someone based on the fact that they spend 45 minutes getting ready in the morning or they spend 15 minutes is ridiculous. How does it affect others if if want to get up a little bit earlier to make time to apply makeup? In my opinion, taking time to make yourself look and feel nice doesn’t make you a ‘bad feminist’ nor does it make you a lesser person than the other people on the bus.

Taking time to look after yourself is hugely important in a time when people feel that they are constantly busy, don’t get time to themselves and are forever contactable. Taking that extra 20 minutes in the morning before your day has even started cannot be a bad thing. I understand the arguement that a man isn’t expected to do it but then the rise in male grooming has been very clear, from beard grooming kits to male skincare ranges. Just because you like to take time to look and feel good isn’t something that anyone can judge. Maybe you wake up on a Wednesday and fancy popping on a red lip because that is how you fancy looking for that day, there is nothing wrong with that. Beauty products are fun and they allow us to express ourselves. Maybe I want to layer on black eyeliner one day but the next I fancy a more natural look – it doesn’t change my value as a person. Nor does it make me stupid, selfish or a female that is playing to what men want.

Without knowing someone, we don’t know how beauty products make a person feel. Although it is a projection to the world of how we want to be percieved, it is also a deeply personal thing. Putting on makeup can give you that boost of confidence that without you might not feel you are ballsy enough to stand up to the office bully. You just don’t know the reasoning behind why people invest time and money into beauty products and a routine. Before you judge, ask.



  1. January 3, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Hear hear! I missed Zadie Smith’s comments, I’m really surprised that somebody so smart would say something like that. I have like zero interest in contouring, but taking some time for a face mask or properly moisturising before bed is one of life’s little luxuries and the same principle applies. The same applies to ANYTHING where you have to put the screen down and take some care of yourself for a while.

    Happy new year!

    Lis / last year’s girl x

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