Doing what makes the heart happy jyothi Laldas

2016-04-12 06:00

THE other day, as I was readying myself for a function we were to attend, my fiancé says to me: “Girls wear makeup to impress guys. Why are you putting on makeup?”

I looked to him wryly, shrugged him off and thought to myself, this is probably what most guys think. As I continued with my artistry, my mind travelled to various explanations as to why we women wear makeup and then out of left field - just as I finalised my cat eye liner - it dawned on me, why should we have an explanation at all.

I have always believed in doing what makes your heart happy. Whether that means lounging in your PJs all day long watching TV shows and eating junk food or putting on a full face of makeup and hitting the town - it’s entirely your own thing.

Personally, I enjoy doing both of those things equally. But, I digress.

Now, even though I don’t see a need for an explanation as to why we like makeup, I thought sharing my love for the pallets and bullets (that’s what lipstick tubes are called) would draw some insight and maybe just lift some of the stigma people have attached to it.

Let it be known that I do not wear a full face of make up every single day, I am always late for work and that sort of art takes time. Yes, I said art and no I am not delusional, there is a reason why people who put on makeup for a living are called makeup artists.

Anyway, to me makeup is like icing on a cake, the star is still the cake, but the icing adds a little extra.

I enjoy buying makeup and watching tutorials and trying new things, to me it’s a hobby. It’s a way for me to do something different with the way I look, not because I don’t like my face, but because quite simply, it’s my face and I can do what I like with it.

It’s fun and it is most pertinently, it’s for my own enjoyment and most definitely not to impress anyone. I recently saw a meme that described what I mean perfectly.

It went something like, “Girls wear makeup to impress boys...As if I own 78 Mac lipsticks to impress some dude who doesn’t even know the difference between Sin and Diva. No!”

Now I know that other ladies out there have their own reasons for wearing makeup, many girls are genuinely empowered by wearing makeup to cover up scars that make them feel less happy and less confident (notice how it’s all about the makeup wearer and their feeling and not what anyone else thinks) and to that I say more power to you.

Do what makes you feel the best about yourself. No explanation needed. If anyone has something to say about it go on and ask them to tell you the difference between Sin and Diva and then upon their stuttering confusion continue to rest your case.

Keep on blending girls, keep on blending.

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