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Makeup:  Self-Care Tool or Chore?

Makeup: war paint, mask or enhancement tool?

You decide.

Life is all about options. Let’s explore this one today. It’s often been said that makeup is self-confidence applied directly to the face. For Love-101: Day 11 (see post on this Facebook page below, 2/11/14), we discussed why “accept me as I am” may or may not work for you, stressing all the while that you needn’t go to any extremes when it comes to giving yourself an image upgrade.

And when we’re talking an image upgrade, you may be interested in the type that inspired the Harry Winston quote, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

A “five-minute face” or a “natural” or “naked” look is plenty fine for most people. You’re not trying to replace the beauty that’s already there; you’re polishing up that diamond, instead.

What’s important is that you permit yourself yet another opportunity to engage in self-care. Everyone looks at your face; you may as well show them that it’s a well-kept one.

You don’t have to spend a great deal of money to have a natural look. Magazines and online sources extol the virtues of the best drugstore buys when it comes to makeup, so you don’t have to troll the makeup counters in department stores if you’re looking to be thrifty. No one’s asking you to dump a paycheck on such things, if you’re not so inclined and/or financially capable of doing so. Not at all.

The important message here is, take care of yourself because you’re worth it. Of course you never have a second chance to make a first impression with other people, BUT it’s the message you give YOURSELF when you engage in even the simplest form of self-care such as skincare/makeup that is critical.

When you know you have dermatological issues, for example, and you either don’t go to the derm or after you do, you don’t bother to keep up with your prescribed regimen, you can laugh and say you’re lazy, but what you’re really saying is that you don’t find self-care very important because you don’t believe you’re worth the effort.


When you don’t care to see whether a simple five minutes or less worth of applying concealer and/or foundation, a dab of blush and maybe some mascara can do for you, you’re saying you’re disinterested in challenging your self-care status quo.

And the best part is, for every woman who says she doesn’t care about such things and means it, there’s another woman who says it but then pines due to the lack of attention from men (or women), decrying the fact that nobody appreciates who they really are.

So I must ask you…would it kill you, IF this is a stumbling block for you, to see what difference spending 5 minutes or less on makeup, for example, would do for you in the coming week?

Skin first. Makeup second. Smile ALWAYS.

Makeup should never be a mask. God help you if you feel you have to put it on as “war paint.” We don’t want you hiding OR charging off after X with all sorts of negative drama in your heart.

What we DO want is for you to look at makeup as a tool to help give you an image upgrade. You’re not “selling out” by dabbling with it. You’re using makeup as a tool to help reveal something unique about yourself. You’re not masking bad skin with foundation, for example. You’re evening out your skin tone. Is that so bad?

Granted, “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” (Sophia Loren). But if you believe that you are beautiful, you believe that you’re a worthy human being. And a worthy human being is someone who’s open to exploring every last option when it comes to enhancing her life mentally, physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. Makeup’s just an option; it’s not supposed to be a disguise. It’s an enhancement and an investment in yourself, that’s all.

Love yourself enough to let go of any hangups and explore how to make your skin AND your makeup AND your smile better. As makeup guru Bobbi Brown once said, “I believe that all women are pretty without makeup…and can be pretty powerful with the right makeup.”

Be open to the option to love yourself better by exploring different ways to enhance the beauty that’s already there. Sure, it might make you more attractive to others, but what we’re most focused on is how you can love YOURSELF more. A daily investment in self-care involving your face, which greets you in every mirror and other reflective surface you’ll pass by each day, is perhaps just another way to augment that self-care and self-love.

As John C. Maxwell once said, “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

So perhaps you”ll add skincare and makeup to your daily routine, or if it’s already there, maybe you’ll decide to pare it down to go more natural OR pump it up. Or perhaps not. It’s all up to you…as long as you’re willing to augment your self-care and self-love in general, you can’t go wrong! This is just one facet to explore!

A seminal book on makeup is Making Faces, by Kevyn Aucoin, available on Amazon.

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