March 18, 2015 (original post here)
It may be hard to believe, but my love affair with makeup has taught me a thing or two about life, me, and the world. It’s strange to hear, but just let me explain a little bit and maybe you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
- Sometimes you just need to create your own happiness. When I put on my blush (guys: It’s the thing that girls put on their cheeks to add color, usually pink) I have to smile in order to place my blush in the right place an make sure I’m accentuating my cheeks. Well, sometimes when life gets you down, you need to do something that makes you happy or at least laugh. Tell yourself a joke, watch a funny video, go play a round of golf, go shopping, etc. Even when you’re in the worst mood, sometimes all it takes is a smile to make things a little better.
- You can’t trust everything you see. Believe it or not, but makeup can be extremely deceiving, I mean have you seen all the contour videos on YouTube? We can make our noses look smaller, cheekbones higher, lips plumper, eyes wider, boobs bigger, etc. Just because someone looks like they have flawless features, doesn’t mean that’s really how it is under all that gunk. It’s not really worth it to be envious of everything you see. Sometimes they’re just the illusions people create to portray themselves in a certain way to the world.
- Always emphasize your strengths. If you’re new to makeup or even when you don’t know what type of look you want to do, you always want to emphasize and accentuate your favorite feature because at the end of the day, it’ll make you feel good about yourself. The same goes with your own personal strengths. When you’re feeling down about yourself, or you feel like you just can’t do anything right, think about your strengths. What are the things you like about yourself? Thinking of those things will help you boost your confidence and provide you with the first stepping stone to get out of your rut.
- Ruts happen, but they’ll pass. It’s funny to think that I can get in a rut with my makeup, but sometimes I do. When I have busy weeks/months I create a routine and I follow that routine and I become bored with my makeup and it’s no longer exciting for me. I easily get into ruts sometimes in life, I mean why do you guys think my life revolves around social media? You should also see how many blogs I’ve started a blog, posted a couple of things, and then got bored with it. However, even when I do get bored with my blogs or makeup, there’s always something that sparks that interest up again. The same goes for anything your passionate about in life. There will always be those little ruts you find yourself in, but there will always be something that’ll reignite your passion (for whatever it is). Maybe it’s a new passion for life, love, work, school, health, etc.
- You need to take care of the foundation. No matter how much makeup you put on, if you don’t take care of your skin, it won’t look as flawless or as perfect looking as you’d like. The same goes with everything that you do, if you don’t take care of the foundation on which you’ll be building something on, then it won’t be as perfect as you’d want it to be. Take care of the relationships and things you’ll be using as a foundation on which to build and make sure it’s sturdy (think of a building).
Those are just a few random things that I’ve learned, and oddly enough it all stemmed from my morning makeup sessions. Honestly, some of these things helped me to feel better about myself and also helped me to gain a little confidence, which is always a plus.