I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. I have stopped buying magazines because of the constant make up adverts, the photo shopped models and the beauty sections.
I don’t have anything against make up. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to dress up for a night out and putting make up on but I think young people especially need to realise that make up doesn’t make you beautiful. In fact it can have the opposite effect in some cases.
I was sitting on the train the other day and noticed a couple of school girls, probably about 15-16 putting on powder and mascara. It’s really not a cool look to whip out your mirror and start putting make up on on the train anyway but the fact was they didn’t even need it. It made me sad to think that girls of this age felt they had to conform to a certain image. In fact we all do it.
I know it makes a lot of us feel better about ourselves but I know a lot of people who won’t go out the house without make up. I can and am lucky enough to be blessed with clear skin for the most part but there are days that I want to hide spots or bags under my eyes. I don’t though because I know what real people look like and to be honest I don’t care if other people think I look bad without it.
My boyfriend says he prefers me without make up and I know he isn’t lying because he says it enough haha. I actually feel more beautiful without it now. I’ve never been one for heavy foundation and eye-liner anyway. As you get older you realise this really does not do you any favours.
Beauty and confidence go hand in hand. I think if you are confident about how you look whether you wear make up or not then that signifies beauty. Now, I know a lot of girls struggle with this and believe me you shouldn’t wait for a boy to tell you you’re beautiful. (It’s nice when they do though!) Look in the mirror and tell yourself or if that seems too corny just make yourself believe it. Wear less make up, dress how you want to and don’t care what anyone thinks.
No one actually judges you as much as you might think. Most people in public places are concentrating on getting on with their lives not how good your contour lines are. I look back on my 18 and 16 year old self and think how naive I was. I thought it was important to wear make up was so I could look as good as my friends, the models in magazines and to impress boys when in fact I found people were more impressed with me…as a person.
Maybe we should all take a step back and not judge people on the way they look. You don’t know what a wonderful person they may be unless you get to know them.
Phew, that was a bit of a rant! Sorry if that offended anyone but you know I like to spark a little conversation so let me know if you agree or what your opinions are on the matter 🙂