Beauty By Jacey: What Make Up Has Done for Me

In society I believe that there are so many misconceptions about make up.  Many people, even some of the women who wear it, believe that we are addicted to it.  They believe many of us can’t feel okay about ourselves without it, and that make up literally is our confidence.  Without mascara, foundation, and a little blush, they believe that we don’t find ourselves remotely attractive at all.  To some or maybe even most people, make up is nothing but confidence in powder or liquid form.  Just a way to hide our flaws.  In response to this, I have a few things to say.

Yes, make up has given me confidence.  

But not in the way that you might think.  Make up has made me confident because it allows me to feel pride in a skill that I have.  Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by it.  It is my hobby and my creative outlet.  It also isn’t just me.  For many people, make up is their art form.  Doing my make up is as relaxing and rewarding to me as painting a picture would be for some artists.  To have people compliment me on my make up is to have someone compliment me on my art.

Yes, make up does make me feel beautiful.

But I don’t need it TO feel beautiful.  Believe it or not, I’m wearing this stuff on my face completely for myself and not for other people.  One of the biggest life lessons that I have learned is to have pride in myself at my core, and to define that pride in the correct way.  Make up is meant to enhance your features.  It takes what is already beautiful and makes it that much more apparent.

However, I get that it is a problem.

Many women do rely on their make up as their source of confidence.  They use it to cover their insecurities and some don’t feel confident without it.  However, in this post I am simply saying that make up is more than just that.

This article does a good job of explaining some of the issues surrounding make up:

The Guardian- Why Do Girls Wear Make Up?

Advertisements