I attend a lot of family and friend gatherings in the winter. I see old faces and meet new friends so I always dress to impress. Overtime, I’ve noticed something. At these gatherings, people will tell me how beautiful I am. Of course I reply with a thanks, but it occurred to me; are they complimenting how well I’ve done my make-up or my natural beauty?
Our society focuses on beautiful women with expensive make-up on. It teaches girls in the next generation that the way your face looks free of make-up, isn’t good enough. It teaches girls that in order to be considered beautiful you need to cover every flaw with foundation and have a dramatic smokey eye. Showing the world that you don’t need make-up to be beautiful, especially in the winter, will give you the a self-empowering realization; your natural beauty is worth more than the perfect winged eyeliner. Feeling self confident before applying the mascara and blush can show every woman and yourself that you don’t need make-up to be beautiful.
Applying make-up to cover up the dry, flaky skin and the inevitable break outs you’ll encounter this winter can have a negative effect on your skin. Your make-up might seem like a self confidence boost, but it doesn’t do much to boost your natural beauty. Instead of hiding behind your make-up, let everyone see your radiant eyes and glowing skin without eyeliner or foundation. If you’ve got blemishes and flaws, it’s just a reminder that this is what everyone encounters in their life. Personally, I want the world to see me and compliment my natural beauty, not how well I can apply eyeliner.
Wash, Moisturize, Repeat
This is an easy way to keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful. I find that washing my face twice a day dries it out faster so if you have the same concerns, only wash your face at night. This will help your skin repair itself and feel replenished for the next day. Finding a worth while moisturizer will make a difference too. This will help the harsh winter weather from drying out your skin and becoming flaky. It sounds like something your mom always told you to do but sticking to this easy regiment will help your skin feel better which will help you feel more confident without foundation. Just remember, that those celebrities you see in magazines and on TV don’t have that flawless skin. Even your celebrity role model faces the harsh reality of being human and trying to keep their face free of blemishes.
Leaving the house with no make-up compared to your usual amount might seem overwhelming. Instead, try to cut down. If you usually wear eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara, only wear eye shadow that matches your skin tone and a light coat of mascara. If you use foundation, cover-up, and blush, try a touch of foundation around your nose, chin, and forehead. Ween yourself off of make-up throughout the next week or two. Gradually, you’ll begin to see a difference in the way you see yourself.
Shift The Focus
When you get ready for your day, focus on your other attributes. Don’t look in the mirror and point out every flaw you see on your face. You want to leave your house feeling as self confident with your natural beauty as you would with make-up on. Use the time that you would normally take to do your make-up and focus on your hair instead. A face clean of make-up does not mean you should leave your house in sweats and unwashed hair. I’m always changing my hair length, style, and color. When I look in the mirror and see my hair looking the way it does when I leave a hair salon, my natural beauty radiates even more.