What is natural beauty?
Many people assume that girls with a bunch of make-up on have low self-confidence (which may have been true when we were younger, and may still be true for some). But the reason behind my fascination with makeup lies in the mind of my 11-year-old self who watched her mother in amazement as she put on makeup and completely transformed the way she looked. Or when I got a hold of real makeup and had my sister put it on me to see if I would like it (spoiler alert…I did!). But something clicked in my mind when I realized that I could have a different perspective on “natural beauty”.
I started out with just an eye-liner, but adding that mascara made my eyes look way better! I now had to find a way to get into my mother’s make-up cabinet and grab the eye shadow! Obviously, those sparkles would make my eyes look so much prettier! Then when “mother nature” took hold, I needed something to cover up those horrid zits! I didn’t even realize they were there until the kids in school made fun of me for them.
My friend showed me concealer, which made the imperfections magically disappear. Then after the concealer, someone showed me foundation and powder. I quickly realized that when I was all “done up” people would comment on how how much older I looked! (Which when you’re young, who doesn’t want to be older?) I went ahead and added lipstick or gloss to the mix, and my mind was blown for LIFE.
Flash forward a few years and I choose to hide my face. If it isn’t completely done, I’m not going anywhere! Because as I’ve gotten older, nobody (not even myself) can grasp the thought of ever thinking I could be “naturally beautiful” again. Hell, it didn’t make it any easier when a friend or sister told me how “scary” I looked without it.