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I’ve never really worn makeup and I also don’t really intend to start anytime soon. However, I’m not closing myself off to the possibility that in the future I might want to start using it or that I might fall in love with makeup. I would hate anyone to use this video against me if I did start wearing it. This video isn’t about why I won’t wear makeup, it’s about why I haven’t up until now.
People seem to get quite surprised when they find out I don’t wear makeup. I do think there’s this belief that as a trans person I should want to cover up my masculine features with makeup or something. One person also told me that I should wear makeup because that’s what girls do. But all of that is bullshit and I couldn’t care less about that pressure.
I admire people who can do their makeup well and I would never shame someone for wearing makeup. I actually think it’s really pretty and I can 100% see why someone would want to wear it every day. I would hate anyone to assume that I was anti-makeup or that I thought it was something to be ashamed of. I think you should be proud of the fact you wear makeup and not let anyone make you feel differently.
When I was about 14 or 15, my friends and I got a bit more freedom. We started to hang out in our village with different older people and that brought a lot of pressures with it. We all started to get into fashion and to do ourselves up when we went out on the weekends. Remember at this time I had no idea that I was transgender. At this time I also believed that boys couldn’t wear makeup.
My friends all used to stand around a mirror applying makeup and chatting to one another. I remember sitting beside them and watching, but not having anything to do except look at myself in the mirror. Pretty soon after that, being the resourceful person that I am, I found a compromise. Skincare.
I bought different cleansers and toners and moisturisers and eye creams which I used to keep in a little bag. While my friends sat and did their make-up, I’d sit and do my skincare routine. After a while, I really started to enjoy the way my skin was looking and feeling. I was actually glowing, and that really made me fall in love with skincare.
So when I grew up a bit and realised that it was my choice whether I should wear makeup or not, I also realised that I had no real interest. I enjoyed watching my friends work on their makeup but learning how to do it all didn’t really appeal to me. I would wear the odd bit of lipstick and I wear mascara every now and again but I don’t really use anything else.
When I began transitioning, the pressure to use makeup then also began, but I didn’t give in and I don’t intend to. I don’t even wear any makeup on photo shoots or tv shoots or on these videos. My skin always looks so good because I’ve really taken care of it from a young age.
If I do ever begin to wear makeup, it will be completely my own choice and not something that I feel like I have to do.