Let’s take a step back and think about the evolution of makeup. Just take a look at my mom and grandma’s old photos! They were stunning with just a simple touch of foundation, mascara, and lipstick. They would only put on makeup for special occasions. But now, it seems like it’s become a part of our daily routine. This change might stem from the shifting mindset regarding women’s self-esteem.
To refresh our memory, self-esteem is comprised of two components: self-efficacy and self-respect. The former refers to our beliefs about our ability to control and shape our own lives. The latter is our perception of our inherent worth and the belief that we deserve happiness. Studies have shown that low self-esteem is more prevalent in women than in men.
This isn’t really surprising, as women tend to have more complex psychological makeup. We often succumb to negative thoughts and feelings, especially when it comes to things we desire but haven’t yet achieved, like feeling “not pretty enough.” I can relate to this, as I too have had similar thoughts at times.
The cosmetic industry might be smart when targeting what women are obsessively concerned about and hence, making lots of money from this tho. Every year, I see a plethora of different makeup products that have been released on market, lip glosses, foundations, mascaras, eyeshadow palettes and so on. All of them are just for women who haven’t felt satisfied with their own appearance.
We try to slather makeup layers that promise to bring the most flattering for our faces, bigger eyes, fuller-looking lips, flawless skin and younger looks. This makes us feel more confident about ourselves when looking in a mirror or being looked at by others. I gotta admit that I rarely leave the house without at least lipstick on. Now, hundreds of makeup tutorials have been uploaded on video-sharing social media platforms, like YouTube for girls who have severe acne problems. Makeup seems to bring a revolution that boosts women’s self-confidence.
However, is it ok to wear lots of makeup layers so frequently? Although the makeup you’re wearing is really expensive from prestigious brands, it’s gonna still leave somehow side effects on your face. Remember cosmetics are chemically embedded and imagine you’re putting it on your face every day. In fact, this trend is also because we’ve been bombarded by how societies judge our appearance via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
I am a huge fan of Alicia Keys, the talented American singer and model. She made a bold statement when she declared she would no longer wear makeup, even while performing. With her powerful words, she stated, “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.” This is truly an inspiring message!
Embracing our individuality through makeup is a wonderful way to express ourselves, but it’s essential to understand that it’s just one of the many facets of beauty. True beauty is much more than just external appearance and lies in the goodness of our hearts, our positive outlook, and our confidence within. Let’s celebrate and cherish the qualities that make us unique, recognizing that beauty comes in different shapes, sizes, and forms, and that wearing makeup is just one option for feeling beautiful.
We should strive to have a healthy relationship with ourselves, embracing our imperfections and embracing the beauty that lies within us. Society often sets unrealistic expectations and standards, but it’s important to ignore these harmful messages and focus on what truly matters – feeling confident, loved, and valued. It’s important to keep in mind that true beauty goes beyond just physical appearance and is most radiantly displayed through our compassionate nature, optimistic outlook, and self-assuredness.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope it was informative and enjoyable for you. If you have any thoughts or opinions on this topic, I would love to hear them. Please feel free to share with us in the comments.