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Ever since I was very little, I have always been drawn to makeup, specifically lipstick. When I was two years old, I snuck over to my mom’s vanity and smeared her lipstick all over my face. In elementary school, I was the girl who stole her mom’s makeup so she could wear it to school (even though she wasn’t allowed). When I was 13, I was so excited, because I was finally allowed to wear more makeup. By the time I was 15, I had discovered the beauty gurus on Youtube. I spent countless hours watching other girls applying makeup, then trying it on myself.
Clearly, I was very serious about wearing colorful eye shadows.
Today, my makeup look has evolved into a full-on pinup look from the 1950’s. That is my style, and I believe it will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Ever since I seriously started wearing makeup, I’ve had so many people tell me that they prefer me with less makeup. Or, they tell me that I shouldn’t feel like I have to hide my flaws with makeup. “You look so much prettier without all that makeup,” they would say. “Why do you wear so much makeup?” I have constantly been asked these questions, and still people tell me the same things today.
I am passionate about glamour. Always have been, always will. I love watching old movies for many reasons, but particularly because I love admiring my favorite fashion and beauty icons, like Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn on screen. I’m not a master of vintage beauty (yet), but I practice it a lot. I love the pinup style. In fact, I love it so much that one of my dreams is to turn my love for it into a thriving business. Yeah, call me fake for wanting to turn my dreams into a reality.
We are all created by God, and He did not create us to be exactly alike. Just because I wear lots of makeup doesn’t mean that I’m hiding who I am or have low self-esteem. Quite the contrary! When I rock black cat eyes with an awesome shade of red lipstick, I am most like my real self. It’s when I feel most beautiful, but not because I see myself as ugly without it. I’m not fake. I simply love glamour, and I love channeling all of my greatest inspirations. I’ve determined that no one will make me feel bad for being true to myself.
I totally get the movement to encourage girls to wear less makeup, because for some, wearing makeup is all about masking insecurities or striving to live up to a certain beauty standard. However, I think that we should all be more careful before we tell ladies that they look so much better with little or no makeup. Because, that’s just as insulting and rude as telling them that they are ugly without makeup. I know from personal experience. Luckily, I’ve learned to not take those comments to heart, because I know that not everyone will like my style, and that’s okay because I probably won’t care for theirs’ either. And that’s okay!
I love this quote by one of my glamour inspirations, Dita Von Teese, “Only mediocrity is safe from ridicule. Dare to be different!”
Never let anyone discourage you for being yourself – whether that means wearing makeup or not.
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