Hillary Clinton has had a really hard week.
But she's not letting the fact that she lost the election dim her shine — she's not stepping away from the work that still needs to be done. And to that end, Clinton made her first post-concession speech appearance at an event for the Children's Defense Fund in Washington.
Compared to her election look, HRC's hair and makeup was far more low-key.
Let's be clear — she is still wearing makeup. Powder, subtle mauve lipstick, no false lashes, brown mascara, blown out but minimally-styled hair. It's the kind of glam that normal people wear, rather than the kind of glam that registers as "done" on HD cameras.
And people had Feelings about it.
As a beauty editor, feminist, and politically active person in this world, I have some thoughts.
HEAR ME LOUDLY: Clinton should not be "expected" to wear makeup. Makeup is an option, even for public figures — if she wants to skip the bold red lipstick and fake lashes, that's her choice. But also, many of the people lauding her for going "makeup free" seem to equate her look with suddenly being more badass — as if women can't fight the patriarchy AND have perfect lipstick at the same time. Let's not reinforce the tired old belief that women can't care about makeup and social issues at the same time.
On the other side, a large portion of America would rather judge HRC's looks than what she's saying or doing, which is significant — and scary. Clinton's detractors seem to equate her not wearing makeup with being somehow "disrespectful." As if she owes the TV-watching public a perfectly made-up face at all times.
Women don't owe anyone anything, especially not when it comes to their beauty choices.