I’ve been pondering something of late. I look around me and see so many beautiful women covered in layers of makeup. Sometimes is it hard to work out how they look underneath it.
I’ve never really been a big makeup wearer. The only time I’ve worn foundation was on my wedding day. My sister-in-law had to tell me what to buy as I didn’t have a clue. And yes, when I see the photos, I did look lovely. But I’m not sure that is really who I am.
Don’t wanna wake up and feel insecure
A friend of mine once said she didn’t feel professional without her makeup on. Fair enough. One of the reasons I don’t wear it is that I seem to be allergic to many varieties, and I’d need to clean the insides of my eye lids twice a day not to succumb to infection. Life’s too short.
What I’ve been thinking about is the natural world. Our British Birds poster only shows us the males. And why is that? The females do not have as exciting colouring. Let’s think of a peacock and peahen. The cock has the most glorious blue and green feathers to attract a mate. And the hen? Well, we don’t often see many photos of the brown-coloured birds.
So, why is it, in the Western world, that women feel obliged to get made up like a dog’s dinner? I appreciate that men also moisturise and sometimes spend as much time styling their hair as women, but their faces are not changed out of all recognition. Why do we do it, girls? Most women I ask say it is about the way other women perceive them, rather than looking nice for the boys.
I was always taught to just be myself
I think there is more to it that we are letting on. We may not be aware of it, but if we look good on the outside, we feel better on the inside. Our self-esteem is boosted if we portray that perfect appearance.
There’s another way of looking at it. When we are happy with what is on the inside, it radiates out. I’m sure we can all think of someone who may not be physically perfect yet has a beauty about them. It could be a serenity or a way of holding themselves that lets us view through the window into their soul.
I just wanna feel beautiful
We don’t need to change our appearance to be beautiful. What we are is enough. Yes, we all have areas within us that could do with a polish, or even a full-on spring clean. Those are the things that we need to spend time on. Am I abrupt with people? Do I ever truly listen? Am I controlling over the people around me so that I get my own way? Do I secretly enjoy it when the “friend” who likes to be better than me finds something difficult? If we look deep inside, we can all find something that needs work.
So, rather than worrying about our outsides, concentrate on what is going on under the surface. Admit to yourself that a part of you needs to change. Remind yourself each time you find yourself back in your old ways. If you are religious, ask the Lord for help in your prayers. And this will truly make you beautiful, both to yourself and to those around you.
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Thank you to STEVE MAC, EDWARD CHRISTOPHER SHEERAN, JESSICA HANNAH GLYNNE for the lyrics from “Thursday”