Learning to love me through Makeup
First let me say, Happy December!!! We’ve made it the jolliest month of the year.
I love makeup. I love that fact that makeup makes my eyes sparkle and gives my eyelashes a longer appearance.It can make my skin sparkly and cover up the never-ending blemishes that happen on my chin.
Here are some things that society has told me to change. Society says I need to wear full coverage foundation that is thick and cakey and blurs out all imperfections and freckles. Society says I need giant matte lips that are either nude, bright red or teal. Society says the shape of my nose is wrong and it needs to be shaped and contoured just so. Society says that I need to wear fourteen layers of makeup and take an hour getting ready.
I’ll admit there are things about my face that I don’t like. My skin is extremely sensitive and if I don’t moisturize every day it becomes itchy. My skin is also combination skin. So there are very dry patches and very oily patches. Because I am fair skinned my face has a lot of redness, I have hereditary dark circles under my eyes.
I started my makeup journey after cancer treatments. It was therapeutic the act of putting on a mask every day. I did the 14 steps that all the beauty gurus did and ended up looking nice but not the Danie that I have seen in the mirror. I was some glorified glam beast. That kind of commitment each day became exhausting. And my skin didn’t like foundation and throughout the day the expensive foundation became patchy. My eyeshadow creased and mascara pooled under my eyes giving my dark circles raccoon mask.
I think I realized that God made me who I am and covering up or changing my face with makeup was not loving myself. So I scaled back. My sensitive skin thanked me. Yes, I have days where my chin is covered with blemishes and my dark circles seem to poke through even more. But I am just whom God wanted. My eyes are brown, and hair is red. This is who I am.
Yes, I have days where I’m feeling a little more experimental and do teal eyes but most of the time I prefer a simple look that just enhances my features. I don’t wear foundation because my skin is beautiful and it doesn’t need to be covered up. My big brown eyes are perfect. And my lips are fine the way they are. They might be misshapen a little but that’s how God made me.
“This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord,
the Maker of all things,
who stretches out the heavens,
who spreads out the earth by myself,
TTFN and God Bless you and Keep you.