If you saw Alicia Keys without makeup then you’ve also met pure, raw, natural beauty.
After all, we live in an age where the “no make-up” look is achieved in 20 simple steps in only 30 minutes. You do really need to buy 5 different brushes to apply several different products to imitate your skin colour, but mind you: better.
So now you’d think this post is about how people “don’t need makeup to be beautiful” and on how society’s beauty standards ruined us all, right? No.
The raw truth is that someone (let’s call it society once again) convinced me that smart girls ought to be ugly. Yes you heard that: I thought I had to be ugly. My grades were good and my interest were science and books rather than shopping and dates. I therefore convinced myself that, to grew into a smart and successful person, I needed to avoid frivolities such as going shopping and using makeup. I glanced at my classmates with disdain, strongly believing that beauty isn’t a product of makeup and people shouldn’t be pressured to change their own appearances.
I am sure someone in this world can relate to this.
Only now, several years later and no more extraordinary grades, I realise I really like beauty. I like fashion, I like makeup and there’s nothing wrong with it: it doesn’t make me more stupid. This though, doesn’t give me the magical ability to like myself. I told myself too many times I was ugly and now that’s all I see. “That’s beautiful” I think in a clothing store, “but not on me”. I look tutorials on the internet, on how to contour or achieve the perfect winged eyeliner: but then, I’m not going to waste money on that stuff, am I?
Long story short: were you aware that society doesn’t want us all beautiful? Did you know that someone can’t be good-looking and intelligent, otherwise it wouldn’t be fair?
Don’t do like I did: you don’t have to be red or blue, you can be violet and beautiful.