This post is a little different but I’ve been thinking of writing a post like this….
I’ve been interested in makeup since my 14th Birthday. I remember my Mum taking me to Selfridges in Central London and walking around all the brightly lit makeup counters looking at all these products feeling overwhelmed, mesmerised and intrigued all at the same time, because I couldn’t imagine using all of these products on my teenager face.
I vividly recall, purchasing my first two makeup products from Benefit, there was a lipgloss (because that was all the rage in the 2000s) and a cream eyeshadow. I remember feeling so happy and excited to try them out when I got home!
I always experimented with makeup and played around with colourful eyeshadows not knowing exactly what I was doing, but I found the process fun and exciting throughout my teenage years. I had the Bobbi Brown Teenage Makeup Guide and that was like a Bible to me. I learnt all the tricks including how to apply – lavender and khaki eyeshadows and eyeliner was so much fun!
I never applied makeup everyday until I was in my last year of school, because this was when I got contact lenses. I would only apply some light concealer, kohl eyeliner and bronzer, because my skin is super pale, and that was it! It was never because I had to cover up my skin, felt shy or insecure if I didn’t have anything on, but because I liked the process and it gave me a little boost of confidence in the morning. I felt I looked more awake.
Throughout university and presently at work, I apply my makeup for 10 minutes every day. That’s the only amount of time I allocate in the morning. This is not because I have to, but simply because it completes my morning routine. It falls after my shower and before breakfast. If I skip the makeup application, I feel like I’ve forgotten to brush my teeth (which is gross)
I’ve been asked recently why I’m interested in makeup and skincare and why I care about my appearance, is it a confidence issue? Am I trying to impress someone in particular? Am I insecure or need to have constant reassurance?
My answer is NO-
No I’m not insecure about my bare face and I feel completely comfortable in my own skin and would wipe off my makeup in front of anyone if they asked me to. It’s never been about wanting to change my appearance or the way I look. I find the process entirely therapeutic. Applying makeup brushes to the skin, adding definition to the face is simple artistry. It’s like painting a picture. As you get older, your face changes and you can see this in the lines of your skin and facial features, I love changing up my makeup routine and enjoy trying out new products.
Here’s my message for you – Don’t ever feel that you NEED to put makeup on unless you want to and there’s no point applying makeup for anybody else. Confidence is something which everyone struggles with, me included. Viewing beauty blogs with an instagram and pinterest worthy definition of beauty is not everything!
Be true to yourself, but NEVER ever try to impress anyone by wearing makeup for them. You’re only sexy and confident if you feel like it.
That’s my ramble for the day over.