I’ve always loved makeup. As a little girl, I’d sit and watch, fascinated, as my mom applied bright red polish on her nails. Then, I’d beg her to do mine as well. She’d take my hands, and, gently, paint my nails a soft pink shade (red was too much for a child, she said).
That was all the makeup I was allowed to wear. So, I’d buy the kid’s kind and paint my dolls’ faces instead. It was so much fun. Until I decided to take it off. I don’t remember what I used that first time, but half Camilla’s face came off, together with her makeup! Poor dolly! Next time, I was a lot more careful.
Back then, makeup seemed magical. The way it can transform a face and enhance your best features had something otherworldly about it. I couldn’t wait to grow up and be able to wear it. When I finally did, I felt so grown-up.
Now that I’m much older and wiser, I’m still as much in love as makeup as ever. There are so many reasons why. Here they are:
Just like clothes, makeup allows me to visually express my personality and moods. When I’m feeling romantic, I’ll swipe on pink eyeshadow and gloss. Sexy? Soft smokey eye and red lips.
Happy? Crazy-coloured eyeshadow or bright fuchsia lips. Professional? No-makeup makeup look. And if I feel like all these things in one day, I can change my look accordingly.
Makeup has the power to transform a face, and let the whole world know who you are. How amazing is that?
2. Confidence Boost
There’s no magical lipstick that can instantly turn you from an insecure little girl into a confident woman. It doesn’t work like that. Confidence comes from experience, practice, and a belief in your own abilities and self-worth.
And I certainly don’t believe that anyone needs to wear makeup to be beautiful and worthy. You already are both, even if you may not think so right now.
But there’s no denying that makeup, just like clothes, can affect our mood. Whenever I wear red lipstick, or red nail polish, I feel that little bit more daring, more playful, and more ready to explore new things. I love that feeling.
3. Creative Outlet
I’ve always loved art. I often go to museums and art galleries to look at paintings and sculptures. I love singing and dancing. I have the deepest admiration for craftspeople who can create some amazing objects with their hands.
But I’m no artist. I don’t have the calling, and most definitely don’t have the skills. But I can apply makeup. It’s an accessible art form for all. Every woman becomes, even if she doesn’t realise it, an artist when she blends her eyeshadows and swipes on her lipstick.
After writing, it’s my favourite creative outlet. With so many colours, textures, finishes, and techniques to try, it allows me to get as creative as I’d like, and to fully express my inner world.
4. Makeup Always Fits
I love shopping for clothes as much as any other girl. But, as a slim and curvy woman, finding garments that fit is very challenging.
Size 8 tops are often way too revealing. Size 10 are way too big and loose. If a dress fits my top half it’s like a tent on my waist and hips & if it fits my hips it won’t do up over my bust. Argh!
I don’t have that problem with makeup. A lipstick or blush looks great on anyone, no matter what size and shape you are. Sure, there are shades that better suit certain skintones and undertones, but everyone can find a red lipstick that’ll suit them (yes, even super pale princesses). Finding a nice dress that looks good on anyone who isn’t slim, tall, and athletic is a lot harder.
5. A Pampering Treat
I love applying makeup. Those minutes in the morning when I sit down to put my face on are so relaxing. It’s a little way to pamper myself at the beginning of every day. Now, if only removing it were as pleasant…
Why do you love makeup?