I AM comfortable without it, but that was mostly because it was too much hassle to remove it before going to bed, and it was never a real hobby of mine. My mother (almost) never used make-up when I grew up, so I never learned from her that this is what women do.
To the ones who really like make-up, to whom this is a hobby or an art, it IS empowering to become better at it, to make it look pleasant and effortless.
But of course; if it wears on you, why do it?
Coerced behavior? You mean like wearing suits and ties? Shave the beard? Keep the hair short? Pretend never to cry?