I couldn’t contour if my life depended on it and I will forever be amazed at how those YouTube tutorials make the process look so simple. Maybe you’re the type of girl who can apply liquid eyeliner like a pro and you know not to blink (yes, I’ve blinked and ruined my eyeliner before). I’m not much of a make-up wearer. None the less, I do love abit of Sleek foundation and mascara. Makeup has its benefits and it’s great at enhancing facial features. But what happens when individuals begin to believe that their beauty is based on the powder from a foundation brush, the black liquid from a mascara stick or a case of pink blusher for a ‘healthy’ glow?
Recently, iconic singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has ditched the makeup and opted for a completely natural look. Whether people agree with her decision or not, I think it’s a brave a thing to do. In her open letter on Lenny Keys wrote, ‘Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture??’ I don’t know if this is temporary or permanent, but It’s good to see a well-known figure appearing on the streets and red carpets without the good ol’ face-paint.
At the end of the day, when makeup is wiped away all that’s left is a bare face that may not always fulfill certain standards of beauty. But that’s okay, because a woman is more than her physical appearance.
Am I saying that everyone should chuck away their makeup bags? Not at all. I think it’s okay to wear makeup and I’m learning to continually believe that I’m physically beautiful with or without it.