Cosmetic make up has been used throughout history and mainly by women. It’s roots are found so far back that it’s even mentioned in the Old Testament of the bible where Jezebel painted her eye lids (2 Kings 9:30). As mentioned in a previous article, make-up is primarily used as an enhancer of features. What some people, especially men fail to realise is that cosmetics does not just come in the form of facial make-up.
Make-up can be anything from skin treating products to bodily fragrances. Anything that can enhance bodily appearance, skin texture or odor can be regarded as cosmetics or make-up. In saying this, it’s already clear that everyone uses a form of cosmetics with the same intention and bringing about the same outcome.
First, What You Need To Understand
Clear skin is not a blessing… you just have clear skin. Not everyone has clear skin and not everyone is insusceptible to bacteria that may irritate the skin. For example, there are 5 main skin types:
- Normal skin
- Dry Skin
- Oily Skin
- Sensitive Skin
- Combination Skin
The first thing you need to understand is that none of the skin types mentioned above are perfect. They may have differing factors but they are all susceptible to worsening, dust, bacteria etc.
The second thing you need to know is that each skin type requires maintenance whether it’s regular or not so regular.
And lastly, just like your eye colour, skin colour, hair texture and overall natural appearance, you cannot choose your skin type as it’s determined genetically.
Why Do I Need To Understand This
People readily speak of loving natural beauty. My question to those people is:
How can you appreciate natural beauty if you do not even know what natural is?
I’m from a city where beauty is no longer in the eyes of the beholder but in the hands of the media. The idea of natural beauty within the media was never natural beauty to begin with. As a previous model, I have been back stage natural beauty shoots and an array of photo shoots that have been tailored to promote natural flawless skin or a perfect bodily appearance.
What the model looks like back stage is very different from the end product. But instead of people appreciating the end product as art, it’s absorbed into the eyes of others as what is normal. It then becomes the ideal.
The most intriguing thing about the human eyes is that it’s balanced between what it sees and what it believes thus giving it a new perspective- what it understands. So what do people understand about natural beauty?
If it’s not her hair, it’s her face. If it’s not her face, it’s her skin. If it’s not her skin, it’s her height. What I’m trying to say is men are always complaining about what a woman looks like and her usage of cosmetics when they fail to see that they are doing the same thing. Allow me to place this into context. Like I mentioned above, cosmetics aren’t just limited to facial make-up but fragrances and body lotion also alter the texture (body lotion) of the skin and natural odor (fragrance) of an individual.
As previously mentioned, you cannot choose which genes you want so if you are born with genes that give you a more pungent body odor which others may find undesirable, you may choose to enhance that smell so others may find your scent more desirable. This doesn’t disregard that fact that your natural scent is perceived by others an undesirable one. There’s a growing concern in men complaining that women should wear their natural beauty instead of make-up. These men tend to label the women that wear make-up as insecure and accuse them of covering up their flaws.
Who in today’s society wears their flaws as fashion?
I earlier mentioned that there is a false beauty that has been absorbed into the eyes of many and is readily being mistaken for natural beauty. These men who state that women should live natural wouldn’t even give most women who do a second look. People live natural everyday but they are regarded to as ‘ugly’ or something similar. The truth is, it’s the men that give women insecurities about their appearance due to their expectation through tainted eyes.
So who can blame a woman for wanting to wear make-up all the time when they are surrounded by natural guys with unnatural eyes? Today, even women who have mastered the art of making make-up look so natural look down on those who are still learning the art.
To see true and natural beauty, you have to be accepting of it. To accept it, you have to understand it. I don’t want to be from a city where beauty no longer belongs to the eyes of the beholder any more.
Make up by: Alexandra Butler
Professional Makeup Artist
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Men will call for women to be fully natural but wouldn’t even give most of the women who do go natural a second look. Skin problems or what some people often refer to as ‘bad skin’ can be due to genetics. Oily skin for example collects more dust in the air which can carry more bacteria causing blackheads and spots. In most cases it unavoidable if the problem is genetic. She is beautiful regardless of whether she wears make-up or not.