THE INTIMIDATING WORLD OF MAKEUP
The world of makeup can seem intimidating. Liquid foundation, powder foundation, foundation in a stick form, concealer, mattifying powder, under eye setting powder, blush, highlighter, contour sticks, contour powder, blotting sheets, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, lip stains, and primers galore (face, eye shadow, eyelash, lips)!
When I was a makeup beginner, I felt overwhelmed. I had no idea what I was doing. I spent a year walking around with foundation that was too dark for my skin tone; I looked like an orange Oompa Loompa. (And at 5’2”, I probably could have passed for an Oompa Loompa. Just give me a green wig, and I would have been good to go.)
THE POWER OF MAKEUP
Even though unbeknownst to me I was looking like an Oompa Loompa, I had confidence galore. There’s something about wearing makeup that just makes you feel more confident.
Acne has been an ongoing battle of mine. And while it’s still a struggle, it used to be terrible, when I was younger, I lacked confidence. I had braces, pimples, and glasses that always seemed to be crooked. Needless to say, I did not feel pretty. The first time I applied foundation, I began crying tears of joy. Seeing my acne all covered up, it was the first time I felt beautiful.
Looking back I realize that I was always pretty, and so are you. With or without makeup, all women are beautiful. However, wearing makeup helps women FEEL beautiful. Perhaps Tyra Banks summed it up best when she said, “I love the confidence that makeup gives me.”
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson once said, “Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other.” Although she was talking about clothes, I believe that the quote also applies to makeup. Women don’t wear makeup to impress boys. Women put on makeup for themselves. They love the feeling that wearing makeup gives them.
THE ART OF MAKEUP (A.K.A. ‘just have fun with it!’)
Makeup is an art. You are the artist. Your tools are your makeup. Your face is the canvas.
I just realized that previous paragraph made applying makeup sound very serious, but it’s not. In fact, my point is the exact opposite. Have fun with it! There are some paintings that look like they were a lot of fun to make, and others that look like a four-year-old did them. But guess what, it wasn’t done by a four-year-old. It was done by an artist over the age of four who was experimenting. That’s why Jackson Pollock’s art is worth millions of dollars. Experiment with makeup. Every great artist had to experiment with their art. Try out new looks, and don’t be afraid to do something outside the box. And most importantly, have fun. There’s nothing more fun than sitting in front of your mirror and experimenting with new looks or having a sleepover in which you give each other makeovers. Applying makeup can be an enjoyable experience.
What are your thoughts on beauty?