This is how I defy those who think makeup are worn to attract men. Much as I appreciate the existence of men on this mother earth, I just think my makeup collection is way too valuable to be worn just for them. Valuable as in a foundation can cost more than IDR1mio but also as in deserving a high esteem for its power.
There are times I offer my friends a makeup done for them for free, and one of the most things I hear back is, “I would love that, but I don’t have anywhere to go…”
Look, while I agree that it is such a shame having a makeup done nicely “wasted” for just lounging at home, I think – and I really believe – that you don’t need a destination, you don’t need a man, you don’t even need another pair of eyes to justify you to wear makeup.
Here is the thing, makeup is very powerful. It can make you look from this to this:
But actually more than that, it makes you feel better, it makes your body language more assertive, and overall more ready to face the world.
Each time I wake up in the morning with that blah feeling, whether it is that time of the month, or jet lagged, or under the weather, I thank God that I have a great makeup artist to help me camouflage all that and make me look acceptable. Me.
So as I wake up in the morning, whether it is weekday or weekend, whether it is dawn or nearly noon, I make time to apply makeup. And I enjoy that time where I get to focus only on me, with each tapping of the sponge, each brush stroke, each color blending. I find it so therapeutic. I get to while away my worries of the world and just relaxingly watching the textures and colors blend as I put on each product. Once done, I feel more empowered to face my worries.
So I don’t worry where I’m going with my makeup. I wear makeup even when I stay home because I wear makeup not for other people. I wear make up for me. My pleasure. My sanity. My own feelings (although my husband also won’t complain having me look great too). Makeup is my hobby, my therapy and my art. Nothing can take me away from that, not even the nonexistence of people.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to wipe away that lipstick on my daughter’s face.
Note on my “after” photo:
A casual red-lips look (Perfect for Sunday strolling or lazy lounging).
- Klara zero pores no fine lines primer
- Make up for ever Ultra HD foundation – R260, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer – R30
- Make up for ever Ultra HD Poudre Compacte Microfinition – 01
- Maybelline tattoobrow gel tint – dark brown (not sure how I feel about this product), Maybelline Fashion Brow brow mascara – Dark brown
- Maybelline V-face duo stick – medium.
- The Body Shop Shimmer Waves – Bronze
- Make up for ever Aqua XL eye pencil – M10
- Flormar Rotating High Performance volume mascara – Black
- MAC Russian Red lipstick (Yass!)
Another note for you to ponder:
The Sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.
Be that sunrise.