So today I’m not talking about a product I love or hate. I want to say I’m straying off course, but whose course? This is my blog so I set my own course…right? I had this thought spinning around in my head and I thought it would be interesting to see how others felt about this topic.
I’m sure by now many of you have seen the video by Nikkie Tutorials titled The Power of Makeup? If not, check it out here. What it’s about is how makeup can transform you, highlight features you love, hide or distract from features that you hate.
Okay so nobody should be hating on themselves, but as women , we know it’s inevitable. I hate my nose, my scarring, my small eyes, my small mouth…..you catch my drift. We all have something that we want to fix, hide, highlight, etc. I used to be one of those opinionated (read JUDGEY) women that would be like: Why does she wear so much makeup? Why does she wear makeup every day? Well now I know….she likes it. She doesn’t need to give me or anybody else a reason. It empowers her, whatever the reason is….let the makeup wearer wear her makeup in peace!
I attended a birthday event over the weekend and I was not feeling it. I’ve gained so much weight, I’m not comfortable in my own skin, but you know what…my makeup game was fierce and it definitely empowered me to not allow my weight to get me down. To me, that’s what I personally love about it.
Then on the other side of the coin, we read about Alicia Keys’ stand against makeup…. #nomakeup movement. After feeling like she always had to hide behind makeup and hide who she really was, she decided she is going au naturel and penned this letter that you can read here. Her letter makes a lot of sense, but I’m guessing as a celebrity she faces a lot more scrutiny than us regular folks which has made her feel this is how she gets her voice across. I appreciate her natural beauty and the raw images from the photo shoot. They’re still stunning. With the right angle, blemishes and all, I’m guessing some wonderful photographer could also highlight my natural beauty
that my poor obviously blind husband seems to think I have.
I know many women that don’t wear a stitch of makeup and I think they’re stunning, real life friends, acquaintances, celebrities. Let me just say: NOBODY NEEDS MAKEUP. If makeup isn’t your thing, that’s great. You’re saving a lot of money believe me!! Stay away from the insanity 😉
Do I feel like makeup is a mask that I hide behind? Definitely not. I’m sure there are people that will think or say: Well we know that’s not what she really looks like. Do I care? Hell no. It’s a tough world out there, if I feel good wearing makeup, as fake as what anybody thinks it it, your problem, not mine. Makeup lifts my mood…I find it therapeutic, heck even a bit artistic, but I wear no makeup more than I do actually wear makeup. Depending on my mood, depending on time constraints, depending if I have any clean brushes available (ha ha)…….that’s how I determine what the look of the day is. Kim K glam (just kidding) or chic hobo (just kidding again…okay not kidding).
Is it a problem that I feel prettier on the days I wear makeup? I don’t know. I don’t think it is. You fit into a certain size jeans…that validates some people. The way your hair is styled or coloured….your shoes. Training, healthy eating, a Big Mac…..everybody has something that makes them feel good about themselves. For me, right now, makeup is fun, so I embrace and enjoy it, but I definitely don’t hide behind it <3
What are your thoughts? Power of makeup or #nomakeup?