The Power of Makeup

Women have been wearing makeup for a long time now. That’s nothing new. However, now that we’re living in a more digital age, it’s even easier for us to alter our appearance. Many social media sites are full of filtered photos and faces full of makeup. It started with models being photoshopped in magazines, and now it’s everywhere on the internet. We know it’s not what these people truly look like, yet we somehow get caught up in it and start to feel a little down about our own appearance.

It doesn’t help matters when you struggle with skin problems, but everywhere you look you see people with flawless skin. Of course, not everyone has perfect skin. Most people just cover it up. There’s also those stupid “This is why you take her swimming on the first date” or “This is why I have trust issues” memes that suggest that women with skin issues are ugly without makeup.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing makeup or retouching photos to make them look better, but I do think it’s important for people to see what’s behind all that. I want people to know that if they’re self-conscious of how their skin looks, they’re not alone. I’m not going to lie, I hate looking at myself in the mirror when I don’t have makeup on. I will not leave the house or let anyone see me without makeup on, except for my mother. I do know that there are many people with even worse skin than mine, but I still can’t help wanting to hide it. This is taking a lot of courage for me to post these photos, but I’m doing it because I want to bring more awareness to the issues that many people face.

I used to get pimples on my chin a lot as a teenager, but the rest of the skin on my face was usually fine. Once I hit my mid-20’s is when my skin took a turn for the worse. I now get pimples on my cheeks as well as my chin (although the chin is still the worse place), and I also have red blotches on my face (which I think is rosacea, but I haven’t been officially diagnosed). I’ve tried many different things but nothing seems to help.

These first two photos are without makeup. (I hadn’t dried my hair yet)

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These two photos are after I put makeup on. There is no filters/retouching done to these.

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Finally, here is a photo with makeup and a filter applied.

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19 thoughts on “The Power of Makeup

  1. I love this post! Thank you for bringing attention to the subject and stepping out with confidence (: you’re beautiful and I hope you find something that works for your skin. As far as the redness, there’s a really great acne wash from Neutrogena that’s green and it helps reduce redness while fighting acne and it’s safe to use daily. I’ve only ever found it at CVS (weird), but I love it and it smells amazing too! Also, my boyfriend found that using coconut face wipes and the face cream by YesTo really helped heal his skin. Thanks again for posting xoxo

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  2. I’ve known you for 1/3 maybe almost half your life since the early 2000’s. I’ve always thought you were beautiful. As people, we always will be our own harshest critic. I will keep pushing you up and hopefully you’ll one day see what I see in you πŸ™‚

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  3. This reminds me of Hailee Steinfeld’s song, “Most Girls.” It talks about how all women are different and their preferences do not make them any lesser of a woman. You look gorgeous with or without makeup, btw. πŸ™‚

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

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  4. Babe!! I really admire you for this!! You are beautiful with and without make up. But I’m for one know how you feel!I love make up and always prefer to wear it when I’m out. It’s purely because when I look good then I feel confident. But I spend most of my day off with no make up on whatsoever. always good to give your skin a break. Love this post!! xxx

    Ashley

    http://www.missgunner.com

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  5. I loved this post!

    I don’t really wear that much make-up, but I hate leaving the house without wearing eyeliner and mascara. I’ve worn it pretty much every day since i was 15 and I always feel so weird without it. It’s really strange, because I’m not trying to impress anyone or anything, but I still feel uncomfortable when I’m not wearing it.

    It’s sad that people feel the need to look a certain way, because of an airbrushed image in a magazine. People spend so much time and money on changing and covering things when they really shouldn’t need to.

    You look lovely with or without make-up btw! I’d love to have your make-up skills, your eyes look fantastic. I’m still at the stage of struggling to draw a straight line on my eye haha. I’m so bad at make-up!

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  6. I loved this post!

    I don’t really wear that much make-up, but I hate leaving the house without wearing eyeliner and mascara. I’ve worn it pretty much every day since i was 15 and I always feel so weird without it. It’s really strange, because I’m not trying to impress anyone or anything, but I still feel uncomfortable when I’m not wearing it.

    It’s sad that people feel the need to look a certain way, because of an airbrushed image in a magazine. People spend so much time and money on changing and covering things when they really shouldn’t need to.

    You look lovely with or without make-up btw! I’d love to have your make-up skills, your eyes look fantastic. I’m still at the stage of struggling to draw a straight line on my eye haha. I’m so bad at make-up!

    Amy (Mamyology.com)

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  7. I love this post! I think you look great either way – smile! I have to admit I barely wear any makeup besides foundation and lip gloss/chap stick. I think a big part of that reason is because my mom never showed me how to apply it when I was a teen so I didn’t have this huge interest in it. I would love to figure it out one day though!

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  8. I love how makeup trends are changing over the years! I’ve seen videos of how people do their makeup over the decades since the 1900’s. At the end of the day, we all have to do whatever we can for self-confidence. I don’t see anything wrong with people using makeup as long as they’re not putting other people down :). I love the way you do your makeup!

    https://exquisitely.me

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  9. My face looks very similar to yours without makeup on. I’m not really concerned about going out without makeup on and do it on a pretty regular basis. But I wish I could find a product to reduce the blotchy redness.

    Your makeup application is really well done! My skin never looks that good, but I never really learned how to wear makeup. I usually just put a light cover-up on (lately been using a BB or CC Cream) and a little eye liner and mascara. Maybe I need to use blush to look as flawless as you. But I just don’t want to put in that extra effort each day haha.

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    1. I actually only use BB cream as well. I used to use foundation, but I just didn’t like how heavy it was (and I think caused me to break out more). My BB cream, despite being more lightweight, actually covers up redness really well. If my face is extra red on a particular day, I sometimes put on green color correction cream first, then the BB cream. I finish with brushing on some finishing powder.

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  10. You’re honestly stunning with our without makeup! This was a great post btw because beauty is always an debatable thing. For most of us, I think we’ve goes through so many phases of doing it for ourselves, doing it for someone else, doing it because we want to have fun with it, doing it to hide things – we’ve all been there. I now have no shame in wearing or not wearing makeup but I do admit that it took me along time to accept my beauty. Thanks for the great read again!

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