I had a completely different post in mind today. I spent the weekend experimenting with my IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face palette and planned to share my first impressions. This morning, however, I read about the Today Show’s body image campaign, #LoveYourSelfie. All the anchors (and some guests) went makeup-free to raise awareness, or start a conversation, regarding America’s obsession with body image. Thousands of people are now taking part in “No Makeup Monday.”
As a woman and blogger passionate about makeup, I believe this discussion is significant. The purpose of this blog is not to make anyone feel bad about the way they look or to suggest ways to cover your “flaws.” My intentions are not shallow: I genuinely love makeup and the process of applying it. I LOVE any opportunity to discuss it- whether it’s with a stranger at the grocery, coworker, family, or friends. It’s something I enjoy during the daily grind and feel a lot of women can relate.
Last night when I removed my makeup after a day spent attempting the “contoured face” look, Jason told me I looked beautiful. I scoffed at his suggestion: how could I look beautiful? All my imperfections were obvious- freckles, sun damage, blemishes, hints of crow’s feet, scars, laugh lines… not exactly society’s idea of beauty. I have spent a lot of time (and money) trying to cover the “flaws” that make me who I am: freckles from many summers spent in my family’s pool or our annual vacations to Hilton Head, sun damage from time ignorantly spent in tanning beds, blemishes I hoped would disappear once I reached my late-20s, crow’s feet earned from many days spent staring at a computer screen, the crescent-shaped chicken pox scar under my left eye, and a faint laugh line caused by my dimple.
Good or bad, each “imperfection” tells a story. There’s a lot of laughter and stress written on my face and I’m at a point in life where I’m thankful for both. It’s easy to lose sight of that in our filtered and photo-shopped lives. I hope that’s the purpose of the Today Show’s campaign- reflect on your “flaws” and “imperfections” and learn to embrace them. Allow makeup to enhance what already makes you beautiful instead of covering it.
Here’s my #LoveYourSelfie (taken yesterday mid-cleaning and intended for my before-and-after contouring post):