By Nicky Sinclair
Since this is my first blog post, I wanted to acquaint myself with all of you lovely readers in a somewhat abstract fashion about a topic that is surely near and dear to all of our hearts, that is, makeup. I love makeup. I love beauty. I love skincare. And I love fashion. I also love diet Pepsi and sparkly things but that’s a whole other topic! But boy does makeup resonate deeply with me – in fact, it always has and, is now more than ever, increasingly penetrating my curiosity about its deeper connotation (I mean, makeup is not just a perfunctory morning ritual – it can’t be!)... Or maybe it can. So I sit here now and wonder – what does makeup mean to me?
Like fashion, beauty trends often stem from somewhere. Whether we’re looking back at curling coils in the eighteenth century, face enamaling during the Edwardian Era, the celebrated Wally-Westmore-Breakfast-at-Tiffany’s look in the 1950’s or now one of the more recent trends – the “kontoured kraze” (did I seriously just ‘Kardashian-ize’ those words?!) – (wait, did I seriously just make ‘Kardashian’ a verb?!). Case in point: every era – and within every era, every generation – has their influencer(s) – that is, the rule breakers and trailblazers – the one(s) who harnesses that spotlight and impact us in more ways than one.
So with all that said, and with makeup trends changing like fashion and technology, does it [makeup] have a deeper meaning – can it? Or is it just a one-dimensional and palpable undertaking we all tackle on the daily? Well, like any philosophical makeup question (I should stop kidding myself – they’re probably aren’t many…) – the answer all depends on you; but to me, it’s far more than a consumer product. I see makeup as a way to enhance one’s existing beauty; to highlight one’s best assets and boost one’s… um liabilities, so to speak (wow, we’ve gone from history to philosophy and now to economics – seriously Nicky?!). But I think no one can better answer this question than the devil who wears Prada herself: Miranda Priestly. Some like to think they are “exempting” themselves from the fashion – or in our case the beauty – industry when in fact we are all influenced by it more than we know. Here the only difference lies in degree, that is, to what degree do we consciously or subconsciously allow the ‘influence’ to penetrate our lives. Some wear lots of makeup, some wear a bit and some don’t wear any – and all are OK; however, the point is, each and every day we make a decision about how we want to look and more importantly feel.
“Every era – and within every era, every generation – has their influencer(s) – that is, the rule breakers and trailblazers – the one(s) who harnesses that spotlight and impact us in more ways than one.”
Culturally, yes, we love makeup, and so what? We also love hair dye and razors and anti-aging creams – all things that make us look and feel better about tackling the world on a confident and positive note. Life is about living it to the fullest and if a little bit of mascara and lipstick makes it better, than hey, go for it! This is not about who is right or wrong, nor is it about passing judgment because let’s face it, we’re all different and the sooner we all realize this, the happier we all will be. What this is about though, is what makeup means to us on a personal level. And I welcome the influence whole heartedly – I look for current trends and see what’s trickling down from the runways; however, I also decide to what degree I implement all of that ‘influence’ into my own life. To me, makeup is art; a form of expression and of course, I’m not going to lie, a confidence booster. I have definitely come along way in perfecting my own style and in turn figuring out what looks best on me, but I will never deny how amazing a good nude lip and sexy smoky eye makes me feel. And that is what I think it ought come down to – loving yourself, getting to know yourself and not being afraid strut your most confident self, whether with or without makeup. Period.
“The great part about makeup is it gives you and your face a chance to spend quality time together.”
So yes, we are influenced by our generation’s influencers, but the great part about makeup is it gives you and your face a chance to spend quality time together – a chance to get to know the shape of your eyes, pay a visit to those cute little freckles and most importantly, get to say hi to the face you carry confidently and proudly every day of your life. It gives you a chance to figure out what looks good on you. And as gleaned from one of the world’s greatest influencers, in my humble opinion: the one and only Coco Chanel: The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good on you.
And right there is the answer to this philosophical makeup question! Makeup is all about you – making you look and feel the best you possibly can.
Now I ask you! What does makeup mean to you?
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