Room for Thought #7 Make-up Mania

It is Sunday evening, the weather outside has been dreadful all day. I have lit my candles, am wearing my most comfy loungewear and just finished a big cup of camomile tea. It is time to write another Room for Thought. This week will be about make-up. Whether you like make-up or not, everyone has a opinion on make-up and I am no exception. So be sure to read on if you are curious what my thoughts are.

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I love make-up, I absolutely do! If you have visited my blog before you might have been able to tell from my reviews. However, that does not mean that I am not able to critically reflect on make-up. If you go on Facebook you will probably be able to find a picture related to make-up within a few minutes. They can either be encouraging or mocking someone who wears make-up. The internet these days is obsessed with make-up whether that is in a positive way or not.

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To explain my stance on make-up it might make it more understandable to tell you a quick history of my make-up experiences. Now I will not go into too much detail of all the children’s make-up palettes I used to have or had won at the carnival. So let’s skip ahead to when I was ten (I think). My mother would not let me buy or wear make-up (besides the occasional make-over with her make-up and boy did I think her stash was a treasure!) so when my birthday came up I asked my best friend if she would buy me mascara and an eyepencil. That way my mother could not refuse because throwing it away would be a waste. I was such a clever kid. So that was when I started to line my waterline and wear mascara on my lashes. My eyes hated the eyepencil and I would always end up teary-eyed but I never actually gave up. Then, thank God, I realized that the liner made my eyes look incredibly small so I stopped wearing that. I think I maybe even quit wearing make-up for quite awhile. From that point on up until I was 15 I did not wear that much make-up. When I was 15 I discovered eyeliner and I was sold. When I lived in the USA I bought my first foundation but it wasn’t until I started working after I moved back when I really got into make-up. Flash forward to now, I own way too much make-up but I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon.

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However, last year it got to a point where I considered myself ugly when I did not wear make-up. I started to compare myself even more to other women and girls and became truely miserable. From that point on I realized that I had a love hate relationship with make-up. I got quite scared by the thought that make-up was able to have such an effect on my selfworth. I do not think that make-up should so now I only wear mascara on weekdays and for special occasions or when I really feel like it I’ll go full out. Which brings me to my point that make-up is fun and I do believe that it can be considered a form of art. On the other hand I do not think that make-up should define who you are as a person. You are more than the shape of your eyebrows or the blending of you shadows.

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While I do feel that make-up can be empowering I think it should be empowering in the sense that it makes you proud of what you can achieve through make-up but also makes you appreciate how you look. Make-up creates awareness of the features of your face. If you keep practicing you will find out what works best for your face and what not. I do think that it is a shame that so many girls consider themselves ugly without make-up or try to hide certain things which make them unique. I do understand the insecurity, I have these two birthmarks on the side of my face which I’ve been extremely aware of my entire life. I remember days on which I thought that I would never find love because of the way my left side of my face looks (absolutely ridiculous I realise now). That is to me personally one of the downsides of make-up. It provides us with a means to change features of ourselves rather than teaching us how to accept them.

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I think that make-up can be a beautiful tool but it is not worth looking like a complete stranger when you are not wearing make-up (once again to me personally). So every time that I find myself thinking that I’m ugly or when I am feeling extra conscious of my appearance I banish make-up out of my life for at least a week. If I’m not capable of accepting myself without make-up then I should not use make-up in order to ‘change’ things about myself.

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So by all means perfect that brow of yours, blend them shadows seamlessly and work that liquid lipstick! Above all try to be satisfied with who you are, with or without make-up. But most of all as your natural self because you are uniquely beautiful! Let me know in the comments whether you wear make-up and what you think of make-up.

Love,
Nica

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