Now that I have finished work for the year I am officially in holiday mode and I'm starting to experiment with my make-up a bit more. I wear make-up almost every waking minute with the exceptions of swimming, lounging around the house in my pajamas and fishing. Contrary to popular belief, I do not wear make-up to impress others and if I was wearing make-up for that purpose I probably wouldn't bother as much with it. I know some people think that my obsession with painting my face is a little bit weird and I've had plenty of interesting remarks thrown my way.
I've been told that I look "fine" without make-up, and I have also been complemented on how nice certain lip colours look etc. I thought it was about time I wrote a post about why I choose to wear make-up as I have been thinking about writing something along those lines for a while. Hopefully this article can enlighten a few of those who are curious as to why I do wear it, and that it might provide a few of my fellow beauty queens with some points that I'm sure they will resonate with.
TEN REASONS WHY I WEAR MAKE-UP:
1. EXPRESSING MY MOOD/PERSONALITY:
I am a shy person and I'm not great at expressing my feelings to people. I tend to keep my personality to myself and it is pretty hard for people to get to know me. To me make-up is another outlet (like fashion or art) that allows me to share a bit about myself visually. While, sometimes the make-up I choose to wear is suited more to a specific occasion than my mood, it is fun to have the option of expressing myself in that way. Wearing make-up in this way takes a bit of confidence, but it also makes me feel more confident knowing that what's on the outside reflects how I feel on the inside.
2. ENHANCING FAVOURITE FACIAL FEATURES:
I think of this as enhancing your "natural beauty". For example: I like the colour of my eyes and the shape/size of my lips, so I will often wear an eyeshadow that compliments the colour of my eyes and a bold lip-colour that brings attention to my lips. To me, make-up is a way for you to show people what you like about yourself. It's not about trying to change into someone else, or trying to cover up your skin with a mask.
3. HIDE/DISGUISE FLAWS:
Sometimes, you get that big pimple pop up right before a special event and you really need to cover it up with something, so that when you look back on the photos in the future you remember the fun memories and not the pimple. I don't love my skin as much as I should and it doesn't always love me, so sometimes life is just a whole lot easier and less stressful when you get out the concealer and cover what you want to cover.
4. IT MAKES ME LOOK HEALTHIER AND MORE AWAKE:
I have pale yellow skin and dark under-eye circles. It doesn't matter how happy I am or how much sleep I have, when I don't wear some kind of tinted face product I tend to get asked if I am feeling sick. I don't know about you, but I prefer to be told that I look nice, than to be asked if I feel okay. I also like to wear it when I'm feeling a little off, because having my make-up done puts me in a positive mindset which I always hope will trick my brain into thinking I'm fine and I won't get sick...
5. IT'S ART FOR YOUR FACE:
Putting on make-up requires creativity, the use of application techniques and allows you to play with different colour combinations. There are so many different looks to create and ideas to convey. If you like make-up, then dressing up for events and costume parties becomes a whole lot more exciting.
6. IT'S PART OF MY OUTFIT:
Sometimes my make-up is what pulls a look together. The vampy lipstick I wore with the girly dress gave me more of a 90s grunge look, while a simple pink gloss would have made me look much more sweet and innocent. If my outfit isn't sharp enough a bit of eyeliner usually fixes that. Sometimes I feel like make-up can make the daggiest of clothes appear "Chic" or maybe that's just what I keep telling myself...
7. BEAUTY PRODUCTS DISTRACT ME FROM THE NEGATIVE THINGS IN LIFE:
If I am feeling sad- I can take my mirror out of my handbag and fix up my lipstick- I can feel sad and pretty. Not only does using beauty products distract you from whatever is wrong with the world (for a short time at least) it restores some of my confidence, so that I feel like I can deal with those problems or forget them completely.
I feel like I have touched on this a few times in the other points. Confidence is a big one for me. By putting make-up on- covering my insecurities, enhancing certain facial features- I feel like I can take on the world. Do I feel fierce because I put on that striking lip colour, or did I put that lippie on because I feel fierce? You'll never know. All I know, is that by initially having the confidence to wear such an out-there colour (something that many people I know are too scared to do) I can feel confident enough to do other things that might scare me. It might sound ridiculous to some, but I feel a whole lot better about myself when I'm wearing my make-up.
9. BECAUSE IT'S LUXURIOUS:
Putting on make-up makes me feel just a little bit glamorous. It's me-time. Everyone is entitled to some kind of luxury in their life and for me make-up is it.
10. IT'S FUN:
Make-up is something I enjoy doing. Regardless of how shallow it may seem, make-up is just like any other hobby out there. To me make-up isn't something that I feel obliged to wear. I look forward to putting it on.
So there you have it. Ten Reasons Why I Wear Make-up. I think some of the points are definitely linked to each other and for that reason this post might seem a bit repetitive. If you enjoy wearing make-up don't let anyone make you feel ashamed of that. Make-up may seem insignificant compared to a lot of other things, but if it gives you confidence and makes you happy, that's all that matters.
I hope you enjoyed this post regardless of your stance on make-up.
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