CONFESSIONS OF A PRO MAKEUP ARTIST
I went to Ulta today to do some shopping for myself. As I was browsing, I came across this and my instant reaction was more of a “did I just read that right?”
Here’s my take my unfiltered take…. (not that anyone really cares what I think) but as someone who has been a “plus size supermodel” her entire life I it doesn’t bother me, but I’m a little concerned how beauty companies are “marketing” to women.
As a pro makeup artist I watch this new generation coming up with all of social media, reality TV, Kim Kardashian, butt selfie’s that I feel it’s just too much. I feel that a lot of young girls (13-30) have the lowest self-esteem that I’ve ever seen in my 28 year career as a beauty expert. Why? Just look at all of the products and selfies posted everywhere!
I mean, I won’t lie, it is effective. I mean, it caught my eye…..but why does it have to say “fat girl slim”? Like having curves isn’t sexy?
So let me ask you a question ladies….
Listen I completely understand that beauty is selling fantasy, I get that……. but with all of the social media today, I don’t think a lot of women understand the difference between real life vs fantasy. I mean hell I’m about as confident as they come and there are times that I even look in the mirror and start to question myself and freak out over the natural progression in life and I’m a fucking beauty expert!
As a makeup artist, I think there is beauty in flaws and I think it is our job as beauty professionals that we should teach young women of today’s generation that it’s okay not to be “perfect.” I mean, everyone is starting to look the same! Being unique is what gives you character, that’s what makes you unique so why do we need to look perfect and look the same?.
I don’t know, I’m sure a lot of folks will disagree, that’s just my opinion, what do I know. Well what I do know that it pains my soul and it makes my job as a makeup artist so UNENJOYABLE…..
I spent so many years looking in the mirror picking apart what I didn’t like….And yet when I look back thinking “Why was I so fucking hard on myself?” I fucking looked great!! I still look great for my age and I am going to enjoy my flaws & my not so perfect figure. Why? Because if I make it to 80, won’t I look back on today and say “damn, I looked really great!” I am going to enjoy every moment of my youth.
It took me till age 40 to really understand that and I think it’s even more cemented in my brain at 45.
My message is this my gorgeous beautiful women……. you’re okay just the way you are.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could change our perception about beauty and the marketing these companies use? I mean, do they think we are stupid?
I know it’ll never happen but it’s sure nice to dream.