This post isn’t what you think it’s about, nor is it what I thought it’d be about. I received this Buzzfeed article this morning from a dear friend and stopped in my tracks. I think it’s safe to say that we all have our insecurities about appearances and the way we define beauty for ourselves and though the content of that article sadly doesn’t surprise me I definitely identify with it, and perhaps you do too.
I was a little late to the world of makeup, learning from my college roommate at 20 years old. I never learned not because I wasn’t insecure, but because 1) I was lazy and 2) didn’t want to spend the money investing in so many products [makeup adds up!]. Needless to say, I slowly immersed myself into the world of compacts and tubes and soon enough realized that I was building my beauty around these knick knacks sold in all shades of everything. I had to step back to remember the girl who went through high school and most of college without leaning on makeup as a crutch. Even now, I wear makeup [the impromptu iPhone photo above shows some of my faves] but I keep it natural + minimal and make it a point not to wear it every day if I don’t feel like it. Makeup’s purpose is to enhance what’s already there, not create or define what isn’t.
What do you rely on to make you feel beautiful? What defines beauty for you? Lupita says it best, “You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us – what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you – that kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”