I was 18-19 years old when I bought my first makeup. It was a blush-bronzer compact from Caryl Baker called Venice Beach. The shimmery copper tones with a pretty rose pink shade and a hint of champagne gave me a nice summer glow pre-highlighter craze. Plus, it was great for contouring my cheeks! Buying this compact and a few other makeup items after that was my first venture of expressing my femininity using makeup. So, naturally noticing that I finally hit pan after a few years of using the blush-bronzer compact made me feel a little nostalgic…
Growing up with my two sisters, you would think that makeup would be a big thing in our house, but it wasn’t. My mother seldom wore makeup and if she did wear any, she only wears a little lipstick and maybe a touch of powder. That’s about it. It also didn’t help that for a really long time, I saw putting on makeup as something similar to putting on a mask. It just didn’t feel like something that I would do everyday. So, what changed my attitude?
For starters, having fun with makeup and seeing the difference that it can make when we use it to accentuate our best features instead of covering up our worst.
For starters, having fun with makeup and seeing the difference that it can make when we use it to accentuate our best features instead of covering up our worst. In that mindset, we’re focusing on our best qualities and owning it instead of looking at our worst qualities and trying to “fix” them. Understanding that difference helped me start to embrace a different kind of femininity and beauty that I wasn’t necessarily exposed to as a young girl. At 24, it’s still awkward sometimes when someone compliments me!
It was always, about taking care of your skin and making sure that I don’t pop pimples because it might leave a scar or I shouldn’t touch my face too much because of the excess oils and dirt on my fingers from touch everything else, blah, blah, blah. All of those are good habits to have but it’s also nice to feel pretty. It feels great when you walk into a meeting with the top honchos of your firm and you know that you’re slaying it with your voluminous lashes and blinding cheekbone highlight.
That, my beautiful friends, is the power of makeup.
Do you remember your first time wearing making up? Share with us your experiences by leaving a comment below! 🙂
P.S. Hiding your beauty is so passé. Embrace it. Feel pretty because you are.