Few things are worse than being criticized for who you are, specifically when it comes to the way you like to look. YouTube star NikkiTutorials is firing back at those who turn up their nose at women who love to wear make-up, shutting down "make-up shamers" in a video post on her popular channel.
"I've been noticing a lot lately that girls have been almost ashamed to say they love make-up, because nowadays when you say you love make-up, you either do it because you want to look good for boys, you do it because you're insecure, or you do it because you don't love yourself," she said. "I feel like in a way lately it's almost a crime to love doing your make-up."
It clearly is not. Still, the beauty vlogger has dealt with plenty of side-eyes herself. Nikki – who is stunning without one drop of make-up on - said she's gotten looks of disbelief when she has gone make-up free in public and showed people the make-up looks she's posted of herself on YouTube.
After watching an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race where contestants wore "half-drag, half male" make-up, Nikki was inspired to do it too, and show people everywhere that anyone can look beautiful with – or without – make-up. In the video, Nikki takes her half make-up transformation step by steps as she talks about why she likes wearing make-up and how she uses it to enhance her beauty.
Don't get it twisted, though. Nikki isn't encouraging ladies to slap make-up over their insecurities, feel better in the moment and still not be okay with who they are underneath it. She's simply sending a message that even with all of the "make-up free" selfies floating around, if you want to wear make-up, there's nothing wrong with that.
"I just want people to know that make-up is fun," she said, adding that if someone wants to go all out with their make-up it's fine. "There are no rules to make-up and make-up is there for days when you want to look hella good. And that's why I love the power of make-up."
We love the power of Nikki's message. Brush the haters all the way off girl.