When it comes to makeup, I am the biggest fan! I love drugstore products, but I’m willing to pay big bucks for the high-end stuff if I think it’s really worth it. It’s something that I’m invested in, and I’m always looking at the latest and greatest makeup coming out. That being said, something that I have been thinking about for a long time is the power of makeup and how it can often have a negative impact on our self-confidence and self-worth.
For the longest time, I would never leave the house without at least some form of makeup on. Part of that is because it had become a habit. Truthfully, I just felt like I didn’t look good without something on my face. In high school and college I battled acne issues, and it seemed much nicer to me to cover all of that up with some foundation and blush.
In fact, I even felt like I should apologize when I was seen without makeup in public. I couldn’t help but wonder if everyone was staring at those huge bags under my eyes or that big zit on my chin. Even just a little mascara helped me to feel more confident about myself.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been working on building my self-confidence this year. Because of that, I decided that I don’t want to be so heavily dependent on makeup and the confidence it gives me. Lately I’ve been pushing myself to go out in public without makeup on. While it’s definitely been uncomfortable to put myself out there, it’s also been sort of liberating. It feels good to be able to go out into the world without products caked on my skin.
As a society, we are so caught up in appearances and what we look like, and that obviously can have a major impact on our self-worth and self-confidence. The art of makeup is an amazing thing and it’s so fun to be able to create new looks, but it can also cause anxiety and promote hiding “flaws” in appearance.
When Alicia Keys decided she wanted go without makeup, people were shocked and thought she was brave. It was so unbelievable to people that someone would actually choose not to cover her skin. I think it’s amazing that Alicia Keys’ decision not to wear makeup caused such a controversy, but I’m also happy that she made that decision. It’s nice to see people, especially celebrities, being confident in their own skin and not being afraid to embrace flaws.
Does that mean I will never wear makeup again? Of course not! Like I said before, I am the biggest fan of makeup. I love being able to try out new eyeshadow combinations and I enjoy seeing the transformation when I’m all done with my makeup. My problem was that I was too attached to makeup and relied too heavily on it when it came to my self-confidence.
I am so happy that I am able to go out in public now sometimes without any makeup on. It will probably always feel a little weird, but it’s empowering for me that I am confident enough to be able to go makeup-less when I want to.
And with that, I would encourage everyone to take a day every so often to go without makeup. Makeup is beautiful, but it’s also amazing when you’re able to realize how beautiful you are underneath all of those products.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Do you think that makeup affects your own self-confidence? I would love to know your thoughts on this. Self-confidence is so important, and gaining more confidence will lead to happiness in the long run.