I grew up with my two older sisters and mother. Surrounded by women, you’d imagine my life would be nothing but clothes, shoes, hair and makeup. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, I spent more time playing softball, going to concerts, and painting than I did curling my hair, picking out new clothes, or putting anything on my face.
I didn’t learn the basic rules of makeup until college. It took me years to master the “smokey eye” and I’d nearly completed my undergrad before I wore red lipstick for the first time. I couldn’t tell you what kind of products I used, they probably all came from Wal-Mart. (Boy, how things have changed…) I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with cosmetics, but gradually, I developed an intense passion for understanding techniques of makeup application.
The other day, a friend of mine asked me why I love makeup so much. For a brief moment, I pondered in silence. Then, I unleashed a rambling tangent that was way more than my friend bargained for. To be honest, I’ve often wondered the same thing, but I’ve never sat down and analyzed the reasons behind this love. Is it my artistic side that yearns for a creative outlet? Is it my desire for self expression? Is it simply the confidence it gives me? Or is it all of the above?
I truly cannot pick just one reason why I love makeup, which is why I’ve compiled a list of five main reasons to share them with you. So, keep reading for my five reasons I love makeup.
When you look good, you feel good. It’s as simple as that.
Quick disclaimer: You should never solely rely on makeup to feel confident. People will see right through that. Confidence comes from within and in order to exude true confidence, you must first love yourself, inside and out.
However, we do live in an aesthetically driven world. Whether that’s fair or not, it’s true. The first thing people see when they look at you is your face. They don’t immediately know your story — where you came from, the trials you’ve overcome, your goals, and all the things that truly make you unique. By presenting yourself in the best light, people will be more receptive to you.
Enhance Your Natural Features
Now, I hate using the word “flaw” when referring to things you want to conceal. The word “flaw” implies imperfection. No woman is flawed because of a physical trait. We all have dark spots, acne scars, bags/dark circles under our eyes, wrinkles, etc. But much like painting, you must start with a clean, solid canvas in order to create your best work possible.
Even the smallest amount of blush over the thinnest layer of foundation can make a world of difference.
Like fashion, makeup is the visual extension of what’s inside you. Feeling joyful on a summer day? Throw on your favorite sundress, wedges, and go for a simple eye with a bright lipstick. Feeling sexy for a dinner date? Throw on your favorite LBD, pumps, and give yourself a dark smokey eye with a chiseled cheek and nude lip.
Makeup is no different than your favorite dress or pair of shoes. You choose your wardrobe to match your personal tastes and style and your cosmetic collection is just the same.
I’ve always loved art, in all forms. In middle school, I loved singing. In high school, I discovered my love of painting. By senior year, I was completing my AP Art portfolio. In college, I minored in Film Studies. After I graduated and was thrown into the corporate world, I no longer had an outlet for my creativity.
I often missed painting and how therapeutic it was, but living in a small apartment and commuting an hour to and from work, I simply didn’t have the time or space for it. Still, I missed the calm that painting provided. Then, one day as I was blending my eye makeup, I realized makeup application was almost exactly the same as painting. The only difference? The materials you use.
When I’m doing makeup, I don’t use acrylic, oil or tempera paints, but I do use a mixture of liquids, creams, and powders in a variety of shades and colors. I don’t use paintbrushes, but I do use face brushes and sponges. Also, like painting, I carefully study the canvas (or in this case, my client’s face) to determine which colors and tones will work best. And similarly, I’m always aware of how light will make the finished product appear.
There are so many different techniques to try, and when it comes to using cosmetics as a form of creative expression, the sky truly is the limit.
Women lead busy lives and oftentimes their needs take a backseat to their career, spouses, and/or children, but taking the time to have your makeup done is a wonderful way to pamper yourself.
Makeup gives you that extra dose of luxury you deserve. Take some time to hit up the nearest cosmetic store. Grab that lipstick you’ve been eyeing, and experience the rush that follows opening it for the first time.
Feeling beautiful and taking time for yourself is essential to leading a happy life. Your friends and family will also benefit from a happier you. Make your life more glamorous. You deserve it, beautiful. In the words of Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, “Treat. Yo. Self.”
That’s all I have for now. Do you also love makeup for the same reasons or do you have another reason to share? Feel free to tell me in the comment section below!