Hello SOTGC community,
Whatever term of endearment you use for it; make-up, war paint, etc. Why do you wear it or vow not to?
What is our real perception of glamour and makeup and what does it do or not do for us in our daily lives? Aside from my personal ideas on the matter, I wanted to know what other real women feel about their morning and special occasion routines and choices to include or exclude color cosmetics and face creams. So, I asked and here are the results;
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I Do (I’m getting married in a month so the “I do’s” are in the forefront of my mind. 🙂
“I grew up watching my mom and aunts put on their makeup and grew to like the femininity of it. It was a natural transition for me to start. Now I enjoy the fun of trying new techniques and accentuating my best features.” -AD
“I have masculine features and wild hair that I wear short. I didn’t like being mistaken for a boy when I was young so I started wearing makeup to soften my look. Now I don’t leave home, or go to the beach without it, because I feel more feminine and confident.” -RW
“I had trouble skin and acne that left scaring and a light layer of foundation mixed with moisturizer makes my skin feel good and look smoother.” -KL
“I see the damage my mom has experienced from all the years spent in the sun and really want to care for my skin in the best way – it’s the only one I’ve got. I enjoy my daily skin care routine because my skin feels soft and radiant. Having suffered from acne and how painful that was, I love my skin feeling smoth and hydrated. When I’m confident in my own skin, from head to toe, I’m much more at ease, outwardly focused and have the courage to conquer all obstacles. That’s beautiful to me.” -CH.
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I Don’t (& I’m thankful the I don’t’s won’t be part of our ceremony. 🙂
“I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings so the easier the better. I do like clean hydrated skin but makeup just isn’t a big deal to me. A little mascara and lip gloss and I’m good to go!”
“Soap and water is all I use. My skin is easy and I prefer a natural face.”
So, whatever you think about makeup, make sure your skin is healthy first and foremost. Putting icing on a lopsided cake doesn’t make the cake straight. Great skin care heals and quality foundations actually protect your skin from daily environmental stressers and prevent aging. Color just accentuates the best of your assests.
“I don’t think of makeup as fundamentally different from any other activity meant to enhance one’s “personal style,” an outward expression of taste and aesthetics. That is to say, I think makeup falls in the same general category as fashion/getting dressed, home decor, etc. On some level these things can all be “artistic”–they are skills, one makes choices. On the other, there’s signaling involved–it’s directed externally (most people wear different clothes around the house than when they go out into the world), and it’s a way of manipulating how you’re perceived…So the short answer is, I wear makeup because I like the way it changes how I’m perceived. But I also think it’s fun in the same little-girl way that coloring is fun, that crayons *in themselves* are fun–it’s like coloring but on your face. A subtle form of costuming that, as women, we’re allowed to do every day.” – Elisa, The French Exit.
I couldn’t agree more Elisa!
As I noted in my first entry here on SOTGC, “I love the energy that comes from a woman who feels beautiful inside and out. When we feel good about ourselves, we look good and vice-versa. Our little “some’in’, some’in’ ” shows up when we are not so self-conscious – it brings out our confidence and charisma, don’t you agree? Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder and we are all wonderfully and beautifully made but we all rock it in our own unique way.”
“I don’t obsess over my flaws because I see my body as a whole. Besides, I think men appreciate confidence more than perfection.” – Shakira
Care for your self- mind, body and soul. Be healthy, outwardly and in. Love the way you look and feel however that comes about for you. There is nothing that replaces the beauty and attraction of real self-confidence.
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Made-up and Real,