Throw the "Rules" out the window
There are a lot of style rules out there, especially ones that apply specifically to plus-size women. Who made them, and why do we follow them? It's time to throw the style rulebook out the window.
Plus size makeup myths
I find myself very lucky that while growing up, I didn't encounter too many style "rules" related to my size. It wasn’t until I worked retail at a popular plus store that I ran into plus-size women who told me all sorts of crazy "rules” they followed, such as "I can’t go sleeveless" or "I can’t wear skirts." The ones most surprising to me were the makeup and hairstyle rules.
In the midst of my research to find and disprove these myths, I found several pages that claimed to be "pro-plus-sized women," but only served to limit a woman’s style and further instill insecurities. One article started, "If you think fat and beautiful do not go well with each other, think again. To be beautiful, you need not be size zero... The truth is that plus-size women have all the right curves and a beautiful voluptuous body."
Not a bad start. However, this article went on to tell women that they shouldn’t wear a liquid foundation, bold eye makeup or neutral lip color as it will only draw attention to their flaws. Other "tips" were ones that all women should follow when wearing makeup, regardless of size. For example: Match your foundation and blend.
The real rules
I met with Jessica Frieling, photographer, makeup artist and stylist, to discuss these myths and get some makeup tips to help contour my face. She had never heard the "no liquid foundation" rule and grew up wearing liquid foundation, and she scoffed at the "no garish eye makeup" rule. In fact, she did a photoshoot with rainbow eye makeup.