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My Makeup Philosophy (& my exploration of myself and makeup)

Hi Beauty Babes (oooh I like that one a lot!)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past few days leading up to this post about what I was going to say tonight. As I was thinking, I knew I wanted to talk about my thoughts on makeup and my philosophy on it but I also knew I wanted to talk about how I started to get into makeup and how I’ve learned over the years to apply it (and ultimately learn to love it). This post is, I hate to say it, my makeup “journey”, and how through makeup, I have found myself.

As most little girls do, I started to explore makeup with the play kit that my godmother got me for Christmas one year. It had fake nails, lipstick, eyeshadow, blush. Anything that was either bright pink or purple that could go on my face, it had. That, along with dance started me off in the makeup world. When I was about 5or 6, every Sunday before church my mother allowed me to put on some of her blush and a little bit of lip gloss. Sunday’s were the only day of the week I was allowed to do this so they were always special days. I remember the brand too, Physicians Formula. It was a blush but it didn’t have much pigment to it but that’s beside the point. That, for the most part, was my first experience with makeup.

Besides dance recitals, I never really wore makeup unless it was a clear gloss of some sort. Up until 5th grade, no one in my school ever wore it and none of my friends’ parents or my parents thought it was appropriate for us to be wearing makeup at the time. Fifth grade was the year I started to wear makeup outside of school. I wore a hint of a pale eyeshadow that had shimmer in it and again, more gloss and that was it for my makeup look. Sixth grade was the year that I started to branch out more. I invested in eyelash curlers (which I still use today), a Wet-n-Wild mascara and an eyeliner pencil in black. (Please note that my mother didn’t wear makeup on a daily basis so I was copying one of my good friends at the time.) I used to take the black eyeliner and only put it in my water line, I curled my eyelashes, put one coat of mascara on and I was out the door. When I was in seventh grade, not much changed except I only wore mascara. By my eighth grade year, I ventured out and started to do winged eyeliner every day. I got pretty good at applying liquid eyeliner and I did this look through the middle of freshman year.

For the last year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with my look and finding looks that work best for me. I find that less is usually more. That’s my philosophy with makeup really, less is more and the point of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty, not hide it in a mask of foundation and concealer. I obviously love really intense highlight, a smokey eye, and a bold, red lip. But even that makeup should be enhancing what you already have, not masking it. Makeup is meant to not hide your flaws, although that is what is perceived, but it is meant to bring out the best features in a person. If a model has really beautiful blue eyes with long eyelashes, the makeup will compliment that. If the model has really full lips, the makeup artist will play up the lips and dull down the rest of the look.

I love to follow the trends but not all trends are meant for my skin, my eyes, my lips etc. Don’t let social media dictate what you should be doing with your makeup or how you apply it. Do what works best for you and the rest will come along naturally.

I hope this kind of gives you some insight on my philosophy on makeup and my beliefs on it. Feel free to leave comments below letting me know your thoughts on makeup and whether you like this post or not!

Also, I have some amazing news regarding my Saturday post! My beautiful friend, Livi, will be making an appearance on the blog for my “New Years Eve Glam Makeup, Hair and Outfit Look!” I hope you have a wonderful day or night!

Love Always,

Luce E.

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Feminism… What to Know

Being feminist doesn’t mean that you believe that women need to be babied or that women are better than men. That isn’t the least bit true at all. Being a feminist means that you believe that women should have the same social status, same pay, same  rights as men. In my state in the US, Men get paid annually a little over $61,000 a year, while women get paid $50,000 a year (AAUW table for 2015 reports). Why is this a problem you ask yourself? It is a problem because women are just as capable of doing the work men do. Women should not have this social and intellectual standard. They shouldn’t be expected to clean the house and take after the kids and not have a job. In this day in age, it’s almost impossible to do that with the amount of money needed to support a family. But why must there be a page gap? If women are doing the same amount of work as men, shouldn’t they be paid the same?

I believe also, that all women have the right to contraception and birth control pills. Being on birth control doesn’t mean that you don’t want to have kids period. It means that you’re smart enough to know that the possibility of pregnancy isn’t a risk you’re willing to take at that point in your life. It’s called being RESPONSIBLE. Yes, you can always not have sex and reduce the risk all together, but for some, birth control is a safe, preferred form of protection.

Feminism isn’t about making women look like they’re attention seekers (although some are #sorrynotsorry). Feminism is about empowering women and making women feel like they have a voice. Here are some links to great TedX Talks, commercials and books that discuss feminism and explain what it’s really about.

 

Probably my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ilSeJ6B5ro

Emma Watson at the UN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9SUAcNlVQ4

Fem Talk (she’s awesome and this is perfect for anyone wanting to know more) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXW7viYI_ao

I really hope this helped you to understand feminism more and that you have a better understanding of it! If your opinions don’t match mine, that’s totally fine! Just be yourself and stay strong in your morals and that’s all that matters to me!

Love Always,

Luce E.