Recently, I saw this short video https://www.facebook.com/suriafan/videos/10150574715894975/ on facebook and was quite moved by the content. The video depicts a woman who has acne. At first, we see her without makeup and we see the mostly awful, actually horrifying comments left on the page. Then, we see her applying makeup and the new, mixed comments – some good, some still very insulting, about her looks. Its a commentary on several things: our obsession/expectation of perfection, reality vs. truth in advertising, and, as well, the benefits of wearing makeup.
In my job as a makeup artist/technician, and aesthetician – offering skincare and makeup services to men and women – I have seen the incredibly beneficial effect that both of these services offer. And yet, the battle between whether or not and what’s right and what’s wrong with wearing makeup wages on. Whether or not we wear makeup is a personal choice. For some people, it’s about confidence, about feeling and looking your best, it’s a mind/body/spirit thing. Witness that I’m a holistic practitioner, meaning that I look at the whole person in total. I believe in natural and organic products and consumables whenever possible and yet, I wear nail polish because it makes me feel good.
Just the other day, my aunt made the statement that every woman wears makeup. When I informed her that this is not the case, she actually did not believe me. And yet, I meet other women and have friends who have never applied makeup and don’t believe in makeup or don’t like what it does with their look.
Bottom line: choice. Do what makes you feel best, feel beautiful. It’s no one’s decision but your own.