Yes, Smart People Like Makeup: Debunking A Ridiculous Stereotype Part 2


About a month ago, I wrote a post about my annoyance with stereotypes, specifically the one that claims only dumb people like makeup. A few people expressed similar frustrations, so I decided I would share additional thoughts on the subject.

I think the most frustrating aspect of this “stupid people wear makeup” philosophy is that it portrays people, particularly women, as one-dimensional. It appropriates the idea that females can be identified by a singular adjective. A woman can be pretty. A woman can be fashionable. A woman can be smart. However, this stereotype doesn’t allow for characteristics to be mixed. If a woman is pretty, she is vapid. If a woman is fashionable, she is materialistic. There is absolutely no middle ground.

However, we know this isn’t true. Women can be intelligent and stylish and interesting and brave. They do not have to be one thing or another. There is no factor that determines whether someone is smart or pretty. These traits aren’t mutually exclusive.

Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by these absurd conventions. The person you are cannot be defined by a model. Your personality is reflective of a variety of characteristics. One does not dictate the others.

As always, thank you for reading.

Sincerely yours,



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Hi, I'm Paige and my favorite things are lipstick, books, and coffee.

3 thoughts on “Yes, Smart People Like Makeup: Debunking A Ridiculous Stereotype Part 2

  1. What a nice post! I think that it is super important for people to let go of stereotypes…it’s sickening. I absolutely love makeup and fashion, and I managed to graduate fifth in a class of over four-hundred students in high school.

    People often see make-up as being something so superficial, but it is something so beautiful… it’s an outlet to show your creativity, it’s a craft and it truly does take practice, talent and patience to master!

    Stay fab!
    Flo Barcelo

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  2. This is so true! A few years ago, a friend’s father was shocked that I was studying Biology and Maths at A-level as he had assumed I would be doing hair and beauty at a college. The thought that I might be doing hair and beauty was not hurtful at all, what was hurtful was the assumption that I was not capable of doing what he considered to be more academic subjects because of my love for hair and beauty. It didn’t make sense to me then and it doesn’t make sense to me now. I’m so pleased that you’ve decided to shed light on this, fantastic post!💕

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  3. Awesome post! Articulated very well! It’s a shame that many people will assume an individual’s intelligence level is low based on their interests but that’s fine, as long as you’re aware and confident of the person you are and your level of intelligence – they can take their opinion and shove it :). They commonly do that with looks too but again, they can take that assumption and… 😉


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