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When I was younger, I compared my eyelids to roadmaps.
I made jokes about my insecurities, and told them in an attempt to beat people to the punch. Most of us battle with some form of self-esteem issues. Constant worries of how others perceive you can have such an impact on the way that you interact with (or withdraw from) the world.
Yes, I wear makeup primarily as a way of channeling my creative energy into something I can show the people I interact with.. but I also wear it to conceal things that I have been taught to be ashamed of, and I know this is unfortunately the truth for a lot of us.
Every time in the past decade that I have left my house without wearing makeup: "You look awful! Are you feeling okay?" "Someone didn't get much sleep last night." "You look absolutely terrible, getting sick?" It's exhausting. So I avoid it, with makeup.
This extends into the social media realm in the form of comments. We are our own worst critics, so it doesn't take much to fuel our hatred of certain characteristics we possess. My entire day can be ruined by a comment containing a single word, and I don't even consider myself a sensitive person; that is how powerful your actions are. You never know what psychological/emotional struggles someone else is going through. So much pain can be avoided if you are openly caring towards others, even if they are just someone you follow online. And while "gorgeous!" and goofy emojis elicit a smile, thoughtful comments and messages really go a long way. If you are deeply moved or inspired by people, tell them all about it. No matter what your follower count is, it is easy to feel small and alienated online - like you're tossing your creations out into a void. You can truly change someone's life by letting them know that they had a positive impact on yours. It may seem overwhelming or awkward at times, but I guarantee you that it is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, for free! 🖤
My little rant series is over now, so makeup posting will resume shortly!