Looking for insightful thoughts about the art of makeup?
These makeup quotes will empower and make you feel beautiful every day.
Makeup enthusiasts come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders. Confidence, power, and sexiness are inclusive, and makeup enables people to express themselves.
How important is makeup?
Makeup has been used as a tool of expression since Ancient Egypt, and the industry continues to grow, with nearly everyone having an opinion on makeup!
I will admit that I am not a fan of makeup myself, in part because I don’t really know what I am doing!
However, after reading these quotes about makeup I might be inclined to throw a little gloss on today and tackle the day!
Below is our collection of funny, inspiring, and empowering makeup quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
Don’t forget to also check out our list of the best sassy quotes.
Makeup quotes on the power of a little lipstick
1.) “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow
2.) “Joy is the best makeup. But a little lipstick is a close runner-up.” – Anne Lamott
3.) “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” – Coco Chanel
4.) “Sometimes you just have to put on lipgloss and pretend to be psyched.” – Mindy Kaling
5.) “Put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor
6.) “Heels and red lipstick will put the fear of God in people.” – Dita Von Teese
7.) “I believe in manicures, I believe in overdressing, I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.” – Audrey Hepburn
8.) “The only way I’d be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue.” – Dolly Parton
9.) “Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color – it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.” – Roberta Gately
10.) “Boys will never understand the struggle of long hair and lip gloss on a windy day.” – Unknown
Makeup quotes that will inspire you to express yourself
11.) “But if you want to know who the scariest person in the group is, look for the one who’s been fighting zombies without smearing her eyeliner.” – Mira Grant
12.) “Black eyeliner. It’s standard. It’s all you need. It just makes the world a better place.” – Marilyn Manson
13.) “Life is short. Your lashes shouldn’t be.” – Unknown
14.) “Every woman deserves a man to ruin her lipstick, not her mascara.” – Charlotte Tilbury
15.) “I do put on a little makeup every day because it helps me feel put together. Mascara is essential.” – Emma Stone
16.) “And who’s to say a little mascara doesn’t make you feel more confident when you pop it on and look in the mirror?” – Christina Aguilera
17.) “Thank god for Redbull and fake eyelashes.” – Jeffree Star
18.) “To be honest I’m just winging it. My life. My eyeliner. Everything.” – Unknown
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Makeup quotes about confidence and success
19.) “I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” – Tyra Banks
20.) “Makeup can contribute to our success.” – Sahara Sanders
21.) “Makeup, lipstick, nail polish, high heels, sexy lingerie are all some of the tools that can help keep the portal of sensual into your relationship opened.” – Lebo Grand
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22.) “Makeup is part of my daily routine. It’s the time in my mornings when I can concentrate on me, and me alone. Giving yourself the kind of attention is so important – and is something that is definitely glossed over by too many women.” – Kat Von D
23.) “I don’t wear makeup for others the same way I don’t decorate my house for others. This is my home and everything I do is for me.” – Amanda Lovelace
24.) “I feel beautiful without makeup on, but when I do put makeup on, it just gives me this extra pop.” – Cardi B
25.) “I believe all women are pretty without makeup – but with the right makeup can be pretty powerful.” – Bobbi Brown
26.) “Makeup can be used to express yourself as well. Those experiences should not be limited to women. Everyone should be free to be as colorful as they want to be.” – Ian Thomas Malone
27.) “When I put on makeup, I’m not doing it to pander to antiquated patriarchal ideals of feminine beauty. I’m doing it because it makes me feel good.” – Sophia Amoruso
28.) “I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.” – Bette Davis
29.) “I’m very proud of my skin and face, and I have no problem not wearing makeup. I don’t wear makeup because I feel like I need to cover myself up or because I don’t feel confident. I wear makeup because it’s fun; it’s like painting on my face.” – Zendaya
30.) “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” – Coco Chanel
31.) “Makeup is part of my daily routine. It’s the time in my mornings when I can concentrate on me, and me alone. Giving yourself the kind of attention is so important – and is something that is definitely glossed over by too many women.” – Kat Von D
32.) “Makeup is no different than clothes and accessories – it’s embellishments for your face. And it also gives you creative freedom. You get to have that moment in front of the mirror every morning and give yourself self-love. You’re making yourself up beautiful, which is essentially self-love.” – Michelle Phan
Profound makeup quotes to empower you
33.) “My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armor.” – Courtney Summers
34.) “I fought a killer and didn’t even smudge my makeup.” – Rose Pressey
35.) “Calliope leaned forward on the vanity, which was littered with gleaming silver beauty wands and powders and a fresh mani color mitt—all of it arrayed carefully before her like weapons polished and laid out for battle. Her own lethal tools, which had always made her so dangerously beautiful.” – Katharine McGee
36.) “Makeup is not a mask that covers up your beauty; it’s a weapon that helps you express who you are from the inside.” – Michelle Phan
37.) “I came. I saw. I contoured.” – Unknown
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Quotes about the art of makeup
38.) “Makeup should be just a frame for the eyes. When you lay on all the bright-colored goop and slather white under the brows the eyes themselves are lost in camouflage. Just accent whatever God has given you with a subtle hand.” – Joan Crawford
39.) “Remember that true beauty comes from within – from within bottles, jars, compacts, and lipstick tubes.” – Jeffree Star
40.) “The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.” – Calvin Klein
41.) “Makeup is about balance. When the eye makes a statement, the lips should be quiet.” – Francois Nars
42.) “To me, beauty and makeup and color is like the finishing touch on everything.” – Marc Jacobs
43.) “That’s why I began doing makeup in the first place: I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me.” – Kevyn Aucoin
44.) “Color is key to making your makeup pop and have your unique look stand out amongst the rest.” – Jeffree Star
45.) “Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment.” – Pat McGrath
Makeup quotes from Queens, Princesses and a Lady
46.) “You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women.” – Meghan Markle
47.) “An artist is the only thing I want to be. I only want my freedom and my creativity. It’s all that I live for. I reject the idea that I have to take all the costumes and makeup off to be f – king authentic.” – Lady Gaga
48.) “That’s one of the things I love about makeup. You can change your whole attitude by just doing your eyeliner or lipstick differently.” – Beyonce
49.) “The notion that wearing makeup is anti-feminist is silly. Cleopatra pretty much invented the eyeliner, and she ruled a kingdom!” – Natasha Scripture
50.) “I don’t think I could live without hair, makeup, and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one.” – Lady Gaga
Makeup quotes to brighten your day
51. “A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.”― Marilyn Monroe
52. “Treat your makeup like jewelry for the face. Play with colors, shapes, structure—it can transform you.” – François Nars
53. “Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.”― Audrey Hepburn
54. “I just like playing with makeup and clothes–so I really don’t feel like there are rules, and if there are rules, then I think it’s up to you to break them.” – Kesha
55. “Any woman can look her best if she feels good in her skin. It’s not a question of clothes or makeup. It’s how she sparkles.”― Sophia Loren
56. “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
57. “Makeup can make a woman look more beautiful at every age.”― Francois Nars
58. “Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” – Mindy Kaling
59. “The right tools are just as important as the makeup itself.”― Bobbi Brown
60. “We’re just so lucky as women to be able to wear [makeup]. If you’re having a bad day, you can change that.” – Gwen Stefani
More makeup quotes and sayings
61. “Makeup is an art form for me. It’s a form of expression, and it’s such a cool way to get my creative juices flowing.” – James Charles
62. “I do mascara, I do lipstick, I do eyeliner and a little powder, and I fill in my eyebrows because mine are a little thin… I love makeup.” – Tori Bowie
63. “Makeup does a lot for your confidence. When I put makeup on, I walk taller. I smile more. I feel good. I know I look prettier. Even if I just put day makeup on.” – Maye Musk
64. “The biggest beauty myth is that everyone looks better without makeup. That’s not true. Makeup is important.” – Aerin Lauder
65. “I love playing with makeup. Makeup has become a thing where it’s an art form. It’s not a thing where you use it because you need to feel beautiful or because you don’t like the way you look.” – Zendaya
66. “On stage, you can get away with more, so I definitely use that to my advantage and go bolder with fashion, hair, and makeup. I love a smoky eye and long lashes.” – Kelsea Ballerini
67. “I feel good in makeup, and it helps create a character.” – Josephine Langford
68. “I feel more confident if my makeup looks good.” – Ellie Goulding
69. “As soon as the makeup comes on, I transform myself. I like being an entertainer and putting on a show.” – Hunx
70. “I don’t really have the patience to do my hair, which is why it’s always parted down the middle, slicked, in a low ponytail or a messy high bun. I’m too lazy to do my own hair, but I like doing my makeup.” – Gigi Hadid
Makeup quotes that will make you smile
71. “Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” ― Marilyn Monroe
72. “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” ― Yves Saint Laurent
73. “Consider the fact that maybe…just maybe…beauty and worth aren’t found in a makeup bottle, or a salon-fresh hairstyle, or a fabulous outfit. Maybe our sparkle comes from somewhere deeper inside, somewhere so pure and authentic and REAL, it doesn’t need gloss or polish or glitter to shine.” ― Mandy Hale
74. “She’s not wearing makeup so her face just looks like skin.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
75. “How obvious can it be? … The purpose of makeup is to defy the degradations of time, and time is just a synonym for death.” ― Dean Koontz
76. “Smile, it’s natural makeup.” ― Khalid Masood
77. “The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something.” ― Gene Simmons
78. “There are no rules when it comes to makeup!” ― Kevyn Aucoin
79. “All the makeup in this world can never cover up an empty brain.” ― Edmond Mbiaka
80. “There are no rules in makeup. If there were, I’d break them anyways.” ― Jaclyn Hill
Which of these makeup quotes is your favorite?
I am not going to argue with Queen Bae! I think all of us should do whatever we can each day to feel empowered.
If cosmetics help you to do that, then you do you! “Cosmetic”, is a word with Greek origin, derived from “kosmos”, which means to arrange or adorn.
We all have the power to arrange our day, and our lives, how we see fit.
Depending on the era, makeup has been used to express your wealth or the fact that your morals were loose.
Thankfully, in today’s world, it’s synonymous with confidence, boss status, and a little attitude! Whether you wear a little or a lot of makeup, I hope you feel beautiful every day!
Which of these makeup quotes and sayings resonated with you best? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
April 28, 2022 5:00 AM EST