In this new age of obsession with and idolization of fake hair and eyes, lighter skin, body modifications and extreme transformations with makeup it’s easy to get caught up and lose yourself. I can tell you this first hand. No I don’t bleach my skin and haven’t had any surgeries to modify my body, nor do I wish to have any… I’m quite happy with my body. Nothing that the gym and eating better can’t fix. I’ve tried contacts for fun but I’m quite happy with my eyes as well. I’ve had my fair share of fake hair in the form of weaves and braids, hell I’m rocking braids right now but it doesn’t mean that I don’t love my own hair, I just like to switch it up from time to time. However, there was a time when I first got into the whole makeup thing and started getting really good with application that I became a little obsessed. I liked the change in appearance so much that without it I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I wouldn’t leave the house at all, not even to run to the store without putting on some type of makeup. I had to fix my brows, put on some foundation and at least apply lipgloss. Now that I look back on it I find this to be quite silly. I spent most of my adult life wearing minimal makeup before I started blogging, but even when I wore nothing I still felt beautiful as this is my face. The one I grew up with. My natural self. I had this discussion with one of my little cousins recently and she explained how she went through the same thing and she thinks that it’s a good topic to blog about. I agreed. Although it may be hard to admit I believe that there are a lot of women out there who may have went through or may be going through the same thing. As a beauty blogger I know that I post a lot of makeup looks for inspiration and encourage brown skinned beauties to step outside of the box and be more comfortable in brighter lip colors and “unconventional” makeup looks, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to love yourself without the facade of makeup.
Those days for me are long gone and these days if I am not going anywhere I do not put on any makeup. If I’m running to the store, doing laundry or just chilling I’m bare faced. Lipbalm is good enough. If I need to be a bit more polished I throw on tinted moisturizer, bronzer and mascara as well. Usually when I go to work I wear a full face as this is part of my look, an accessory… and that’s what’s important to remember, makeup is just that. An accessory. Never get so caught up in the transformation that you lose yourself or are unhappy with your natural appearance. Embrace your natural beauty.