Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lights, Camera, Flashes

I find make up to be quite an interesting thing.  Most people who wear make up don't want to look like they are wearing make up; they want to look natural.  There are of course the people that fall on the opposite end of the spectrum looking more like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show (sorry if that reference is too old... Google it).

My cousin came over this weekend and we were talking about make up and how we don't wear much.   She was actually surprised to find out I did wear make up!  My husband would never have me wear it at all if possible.  I don't wear too much but the funny thing is I own some nice things like a few Naked palettes and too much Urban Decay eyeliner of all different shades of blue, grey, purple, gold and of course black.  If you see me at all during the week you would know that I probably put on make up maybe once a week.  With the exception of mascara.

UD Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette - 100% Authentic

I own multiple different drugstore mascaras all the way up to my current favorite, Tarte's Lights, Cameras, Flashes.  If it were up to me I would have Betty Boop eyelashes E-V-E-R-Y single day of my life.  I feel like if I only got the option of wearing one item of make up for the rest of my life it would most definitely be mascara.  
Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara (Full Size, Black)

The items that I wear the least are things like foundation, concealer, and bronzer.  I know these things have the ability to make your skin look as smooth as a Cabbage Patch Baby's skin but I feel like I'm wearing a mask when I do wear them.  Some people really like to wear it because they do have some skin issues that they would like to cover but there are quite a few individuals that I know have very nice but still wear it.  Do you wear those things because someone tells you that is the first step in wearing your make up or because you have bad skin?  I would really like to know. 

To me make up and plastic surgery really blur the lines of reality.  Most of the time these products are supposed to make us feel good about ourselves but sometimes I feel like it does the opposite.  We feel bad about ourselves unless we have on our make up or a new pair of boobs or a sculpted new chin.  Our mask.  I know that the cosmetic companies and plastic surgeons thrive off our insecurities but what are we teaching our kids?  

I mean for real, real people have cellulite and stretch marks!

I completely understand these things for people who's lives have been altered in someway requiring reconstructive surgery (not cosmetic).  

Sometimes I worry about what my daughter will feel like growing up with all kinds of photoshopped images of people wearing a face full of makeup like icing on a cake.  I certainly hope that she can find a way to be comfortable in her skin but I don't for one second think that all the fake images, faces full of make up and unnatural enhanced bodies won't make her question herself. 

With all that said I do have an appreciation for makeup and those who are artists with it! 

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