I saved this picture. I saved it because I wanted to remember what it took to make me feel beautiful on this particular day.
I don't regularly wear makeup. It's not because I don't want to. Rather, it's because I need a professional to apply it in order for it to look right. Blush, lip gloss...maybe even a little mascara...I can do it. But the whole shabang with concealer and highlighting....not even close.
The makeup in this picture was applied to my face in the studio for an upcoming event. I looked "flawless" according to someone who had seen me. And I thought "wow...this is what it feels like to be beautiful".
In reality...after seeing all of this makeup that had been expertly applied...I felt sad. Sad for someone who feels like they need this every day to make themselves feel better about the way they look. Why are women held to this high standard? Why are we searching to be perfect (or "flawless" as I was told)?
Screw THAT!!! I've got zits, clogged pores, the occasional pimple, freckles, peach fuzz...all of it. Ain't no time for "flawless" over here. And for those that can hack the daily makeup routine...my hat is officially off to you. Just remember to cut yourself a break.