I know I’m late to the party on this one but stick with me. I wanted to do my own version of the Power of Makeup tag. The idea, as far as I can gather, is to do makeup on one half of your face so that people can see the difference between the ‘you’ with makeup and the ‘you’ without. I know those who have done this tag on YouTube have also talked a bit about what makeup means to them so that is primarily what this blog is going to be I suppose.
To me makeup is a form of expression. I’m not the best artist or musician but I like to think of myself as quite a creative person. I enjoy these activities even though I’m not that great at them however makeup is something I can excel at. I can do more creative looks to post on Instagram (shameless plug: @bethtakesonbeauty if you want to see them) but also just picking colours that compliment each other on a day to day basis is something I enjoy.
It is also a way of covering any insecurities. I hit puberty quite early, I was about 11 when I first started getting horrific acne but we weren’t allowed makeup at school (which is fair enough, 11 is very young to be wearing makeup on an everyday basis) but I was so jealous of those whose skin waited until high school to break out, when they could cover it with foundation and a bit of concealer where as I had to just let it show. And no, acne is nothing to be ashamed of, everyone will suffer from it at some point in their lives and please don’t feel that you’ve got to wear makeup to cover it up if you don’t feel comfortable with that but I just know that being able to hide mine would have done my confidence the world of good.
Makeup has also helped me to improve my mental health. About 18 months ago, I suffered horribly with depression and anxiety. Obviously, I’m not going to tell you now that makeup ‘cured’ me or that everyone else dealing with these demons should just put some makeup on and they’ll be fine but for me on even the worst days when all I wanted to do was hide under the covers until the world felt a little less scary, I would play with makeup. It was something that I enjoyed, and still enjoy, and as daft as it sounds blending eyeshadows really made me feel at peace, watching the colours and the overall look come together really calmed me. Not to mention that then having that bit of makeup on my face made me feel a little more pulled together and confident to face the big, daunting world outside of my bedroom.
Makeup is going to mean lots of different things to different people but this is what is means to me. Wear it everyday, save it for special occasions or don’t wear it at all, to me overall, makeup is about feeling comfortable. You do you, whether that means a full face complete with false eyelashes or nothing at all. The true Power of Makeup is how unique it is, how the same products and techniques will look completely different on everyone.
It’s all about what you do with it.