Men have trust issues and feel like they've been lied to when they realise women they're with wear make-up, one Birmingham University student has claimed.
"Let’s not even get started on men who claim they have “trust issues” because the girl they apparently “thought” they were going home with had the audacity to reveal they don’t really have gold eyelids, or white shimmer on their cheekbones," Jasmin Luby Barrow said in a blog about beauty standards.
"Can you seriously blame us for you thinking you’d stumbled across a girl with actual gold for eyelids? No fool, we don’t live in Barbie’s dream house, we are humans, you haven’t been “lied to” – you’re lucky you even had a shot."
Writing on student site the Tab, the 19-year-old continues: "It’s a myth make-up is used by girls who are shy and insecure. Make-up is about beautifying who you are, being the defined version of yourself that sometimes the red-cheeked, weave-less and, even Chanel-under-eye baggage can’t bring to the table.
"I’m not trying to escape who I really am, and my decision to spend half an hour contouring doesn’t make me superficial or fake."
The English Literature and Classics student added: "I shouldn’t be shamed for putting the effort in to look beautiful. It makes me feel good, and there’s nothing wrong with that."
Barrow also addresses the advertisements which appear on public transport depicting "unattainable" beautiful women who have whole teams of people working on her appearance.
"Yet an everyday woman trying to be beautiful in her own right is scrutinised for putting this amount of effort in.
"Who doesn’t want the same confidence that half naked girl advertising god-knows what on the Tube has?"
Recently, teenager and former Instagram star Essena O'Neill slammed social media for creating a "fake" world which served no other purpose than self promotion. The Australian model exposed what was behind her "candid" Instagram shots - "stomach sucked in, strategic pose, pushed up boobs" - to show young people how fake social media is.
"I just want younger girls to know this isn't candid life, or cool or inspirational. It's contrived perfection made to get attention."
Addressing why she felt compelled to speak out, Barrow said it was to provoke women into considering why and who they wear make-up for, as it was not a topic often discussed.
"Instead, stereotyped judgements are made on assumptions that men make about women and, sadly, some women make about each other," Barrow told the Independent.
"Ultimately, I felt the topic of why women should present themselves as they choose needed some empowering support and clarification."