To "Makeup" or Not to "Makeup" ?
By Alecia James September 21, 2013
Looking at before and after pictures, even with a cursory glance, one cannot deny the magic of makeup, and in some cases, the miraculous powers of Photoshop or the wealth or photo-editing software we have now. For this experiment, I decided to bare it all. No foundation, concealer, lip pigment, eye shadows, eye/lip liners......no makeup.....you get the picture. To keep the playing field even, all variables were kept constant such as lighting, hair, and camera. The only thing that was changed was the addition of makeup.
The results of the experiment are shown later in this post.
As I described in "My Makeup Story," makeup is more of an art than anything else. I feel like I can get away with literally playing with a variety of colors. I don't always wear makeup. I go "naked" many times, not only for a quick run to to the mailbox (at least mine is located inside my lobby), or to do grocery shopping in my neighborhood.
I also go sans makeup when I want to get a well-needed break. One of my doctors even advised me that makeup can be contributing factor to my bout with acne, by clogging pores, so I've heeded to the temptation of shielding my face with foundation......... many times.
Some Benefits of Using Makeup
But like a lot of things, there are drawbacks. Here are some of the not so desirable effects:
So here's my thing. The key here is to feel comfortable in your own skin. I recall posting a picture on Instagram which was later re-posted by another user, and boy, did it elicit a lot of controversy? Many users weren't mum in remarking that I was wearing too much makeup to be considered "natural" and featured on a page that showcases natural hair and styles. And I didn't hold back my tongue either. "Wearing makeup and having natural hair are not mutually exclusive." Who gets to decide what it means to be natural in the context of having natural hair? Makeup is my art. It is a matter of choice and preferences, and imposing your idiosyncrasies and nuances on another person is a "no no" baby.
So to answer my original question, you're the captain of your own ship. There's nothing wrong with wearing your makeup when you want to. Rock it when and how you feel like. Be Bold. Be Alluring. Be Different.
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