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Premise 1: Makeup is a form of art

Premise 2: Girls who wear makeup are considered to be false advertising

Conclusion: therefore, art is false advertising

Premise 1:

Makeup is an art that many people use to express themselves. Women wear makeup to feel good about themselves and not to please others. Some people wear makeup just for the fun of it or to gain a boost of self confidence but it doesn’t mask who you truly are on the inside. Makeup is a way to have fun and play with how you look without permanent results, unlike plastic surgery. The problem comes when people think women are supposed to look a certain way. Women are pressured by society to have flawless skin, perfect eyebrows and a power pout. We want to look and feel like the best version of ourselves. Makeup is neither a lie nor a trap to reel in unsuspecting men; it is simply a confidence boost.

Premise 2:

In order for makeup to be false advertising, we have to be advertising something. That makes the assumption, when saying that makeup is false advertising, that we’re selling ourselves. Here’s a newsflash: we aren’t selling ourselves to you. We’re not a product for you to buy. Sure, we look different with makeup, some more than others. But that doesn’t mean we’re lying. This is what we look like with makeup. This is what we look like without it. Both are different, and both are the same beautiful person.


Premise 1 and 2 are correct but this statement is invalid, and not sound. Although the premises are correct to an extent, the conclusion is false.

My thoughts:

The idea of “false advertising” is an interesting one. If makeup is considered false advertising, there are a few other things that should be added to the list. Do you dye your hair? False advertising. Get rid of your facial hair? False advertising. The same could be said for picking out a well-tailored suit or wearing a push-up bra. It’s no secret that a beard can hide a double chin (Mr. Jackson). Everyone does little things to improve the way they look to the outside world. We pick out clothes that flatter our figures, we choose haircuts that are in style or that look sharp. This goes for both men and women. Instead of getting on anyone’s case for how they choose to present themselves to the world, whether through makeup or the other methods listed above, we should accept the differences. Sure, you may not prefer women who wear makeup or men who wear baseball caps, but that doesn’t mean those people should change. Rather than judging others, let’s make a pledge to be nicer to each other, no matter our preferences.


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