It's not a matter of art or not. If you need to have makeup on everyday, regardless of how little or natural it may be, you are lying about what you do have. If the makeup you have on is so natural that you can't tell, it just means that either you don't need it or that you are very good at lying about what flaws you do have. So you can't say that someone who spends hours and money making themselves up every day is not trying to hide what they have.
I beg to disagree, in my family (aunts, cousins, mom and sister), all of them spend hours (and I mean hours) in front of the mirror before they go out. I know they are insecure with their looks because they literally refuse to see anyone if they do not have their makeup on. My mom and sister has refused to go out or refused people in the house without them having had time to get ready. They even admit, they would scare friends/family away if they didn't make themselves up!I think most women who wear makeup are comfortable with their looks. Just because a woman wears makeup doesn't mean she's insecure or hiding something. Makeup can also enhance what's already there. And as Pinkpiranha and Jen already pointed out, makeup is art form and the canvas is the human body. Just because you think it's a waste doesn't mean it is.
If a women isn't hiding anything...tell me, why would she put on makeup everyday. I understand trying to emphasize something on special occasion but everyday? What does she have to cover up all the time?
Makeup can be an art, but not for everyday purposes. Makeup artist are needed for plays, shows, pictures, special events, etc. I think it would be a real pity if someone felt they needed to see a makeup artist on a daily basis.
Everyone envys models or movie stars, but it's amazing how "normal" they look without all the makeup and touchups.....
I prefer to see people for who they are, flaws or not - it's natural to have flaws and I think society to accept it instead of encouraging all that false beauty. It encourages low self image in young girls.