Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kill The Makeup Tutorials And Contour The Mind

      Self-Image Gone Wrong

Makeup is big business. It seems that almost everyone wants to get into the act. Should you entertain yourself by watching Youtube, you will find thousands upon thousands of both women and men vlogging tutorials on how to apply makeup. Many of the people turn out looking quite stunning when they are finished. It is equally amazing to see those with severe acne scars completely smoothed over (so-to-speak) with tons and tons of makeup camouflaging the damage.

Celebrities certainly do not help the plight of women in particular with their self-image, as it has become customary to pile layers of makeup on for a more theatrical look even when the average Jane Doe is simply walking to the corner store. She can't seem to leave the house without projecting a somewhat false image of herself, in fear that someone may see her in her natural state. The photo to the top left is a prime example of what happens to self-image once it has been distorted. The makeup goes truly haywire.

Six Stages (Or More)  To Making Up Her Face

Above we have a fine example of the level of stages and layers required to receive a contoured finished look. Glamorous...right? She is totally flawless. Yet I would question if she and many others take as much time cultivating the inside of the face (where the mind is) as much as the pampering it takes to generate a so-called look of perfection.

     Know Thyself

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing makeup. Women in particular have been doing so since the ancient days of Khemit. (Egypt)

      **Quick History Lesson**

The first archeological findings of Egyptian cosmetics is dated to 3100BC (ceremonial palette that was used for grinding and mixing of cosmetic ingredients), but more regular artifacts could be found after 1500BC. One of such great findings was located in the tomb of the Pharaoh Thutmosis 3 (c1450BC) which featured not only buried consorts of the ruler, but also their fashion items. Few of those surviving cosmetic jars even managed to preserve cleansing oils that were used to remove elaborate mascaras, lipsticks and eye shades.

In those days, makeup served as a symbol of status. Egyptian royalty, aristocracy, and middle class fully embraced cosmetics and made it to be an important part of their lives. But somewhere along the lines there became a shift within the psyche of many women today. Women are now paying thousands of dollars that many can not even afford to uphold a makeshift image of themselves while the internal self lie dormant; a mere shell, or wilted flower if you will, waiting to be watered. 

Disclaimer: This is not an article promoting the non-use of makeup. But rather a reminder that while you are contouring your nose, be sure to contour and calibrate the mind, so that the efforts of your internal brilliance and beauty dictate what you decide to do on the outside.

As always: You Are Uniquely & Brilliantly Adorned.

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