I remember being in eighth grade and picking the shade of eye shadow that resembled my skin tone most in my NYC compact. I would apply it on my eyelid using my finger, because at that point I had no idea brushes were even used to apply makeup. Next, I would go in with whatever mascara I found on my mom’s dresser and apply no more than three coats to each set of eyelashes. After I would look in the mirror and see almost no difference than before I had applied the makeup, but for some reason I felt complete— like I was ready for my day. Soon I discovered eyeliner, followed by foundation, and eventually even highlighter and contour. Even before I knew the endless possibilities that makeup breeds, I knew I was dabbling in something amazing.
Most people just consider makeup something to cover up blemishes, in an attempt to ward off insecurity. But those of us who love makeup see it more as something to enhance. Makeup is art just like anything that else that is created. The only difference is that your body is your canvas. Just like any art form, makeup has powers beyond the tangible objects used to make it, such as brushes and palates. The real magic lies in the abstract things that makeup brings.
One of these powers include the ability to bring people together. Those who consider themselves “makeup addicts” often find themselves knee-deep in conversations almost immediately when they come across a fellow addict. The love of beauty products and application has created a tight-knit community of both women and men who appreciate the beauty and power of makeup. Many friendships have been sparked because of a simple compliment of a lipstick or winged eyeliner.
Another undeniable impact of makeup is the way that it makes you feel. It is empowering to be able to wear art that you created on your face for the world to see. Makeup takes an immense amount of time and dedication to improve, so one should take pride in the makeup look they have created. There is no better feeling than showing your hard work off to the world and makeup allows you to do so through out your day.
I wear makeup because it is art. I wear makeup because it is a way to express myself. I wear makeup because it can force me outside my comfort zone. I wear makeup because it feels right. I wear makeup because I want to.
I’ll end my first post with a quote from author Roberta Gately, who brilliantly sums up why I choose to wear makeup. She stated, “Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color – it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.”
I’ll be taking on the world one tube of lipstick at a time.