Monday, May 17, 2010

The Search for True Beauty

I love makeup. It's so fun and even therapeutic to apply it everyday, in a way different from the day before. I love it as a means of expression, a way to make myself stand out from the crowd. I love makeup because it's just pretty. But I would be lying if I said I didn't wear makeup to boost my self-confidence. 

Last week, Kathy Lee and Hoda went makeup free on the Today show. They are just a few of the growing number of celebs who have recently posed sans makeup. One of the comments that stood out to me was that they felt "naked" without their makeup. When I heard this, I could definitely relate, as that's how I feel when I don't wear makeup. And I realized how much of a safety blanket makeup can be for me. Without it, I do feel naked, vulnerable even. But when I put my whole face on in the morning, it's like a mask I can hide behind.

Now, where do I draw the line between loving myself with or without makeup, but also being able to enjoy experimenting with this art form? Is there an easy medium? 

To be honest, that's a question that I've yet to answer. But I do know that us women, we spend so much time critiquing ourselves and dissecting our imperfections, and it makes me start to wonder how much of our lives we are wasting by constantly thinking, "I'm not skinny enough" or "My nose is too big". What if we were to stop judging ourselves and just enjoyed life? 

I love makeup and the artistic freedom it brings me, but I don't want to feel like if I'm not wearing it then I'm not beautiful. One of the things my life coach has told me to do is to tell myself daily, "I'm outrageously gorgeous". And it really does help! 

Anyways, what do you think? 

6 comments:

l0verlada said...

I love my face with or without makeup. For me it isn't about hiding but I feel glamorous with makeup on. I wear it because I love playing with colors, styles and finishes but I probably leave the house without it more often than with.

JC said...

Carla Bruni Sarkozy said that women over 30 don't need to wear make up. I don't necessarily agree, but have definitely worn much less as I've gotten older. I don't know if I could go without my mascara! :)

Fintia said...

I understand what you are saying. I suffer from acne so when I do not wear make up my blemishes and dark scars are visible and I surely do not like how it looks. I really feel vulnerable,I always try to wear at least foundation and powder when I go out if I am in a super rush.

On the other hand I love make up so much. I love to play with different colors so whenever I get a chance I do my whole face and I just feel great! haha

Since I had my thyrodectomy and baby I am not very overweight but I am not what I used to be and I am always thinking of that and recently I just thought what you just said. I'm wasting so much time thinking in all of that and I am missing other things, but it is hard though. But I am in the process of changing that. If I can't be 116 pounds again, oh well then... ;-)

FabDiva20 said...

I love makeup and I love expressing myself with each and every eyeshadow/blush color of my choice. I also love my face without makeup as well and I sometimes feel vunerable and I shouldn't. Every girl and/or woman should feel beautiful on the outside and inside no matter what if they have on makeup or not.

千惠千惠 said...

Hard day......................................................................

AJ said...

It's funny, I've started wearing more makeup as I've aged. My morning routine still only takes me 6 minutes or so, but it's more than the previous years...

returning your visit from a few weeks ago! :)