Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Power of Makeup

"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder"

How do you define art? What constitutes creativity? Does art have to be beautiful or something you can see? Can it be words on a page or something obscure and distorted?  I think the beauty of art is that it can be represented in so many different ways.  I think art is a way of expressing something you are passionate about.  I think Makeup is Art.

Recently I was sent a link to an article (if you want to call it that) in which various women displayed the before and after effects of having makeup applied.  In most of the pictures there was a significant difference and some of the women looked unrecognisable.  However the vast majority of them had been heavily contoured and I suspect a few had been photoshopped.  Regardless, after reading the comments that followed it seems that there is much debate over why women feel the need to 'makeup' themselves to look like 'someone they are not'.

I believe people use makeup for many different reasons and to varying different degrees of creativity.  Some people use it to cover imperfections, scars and anything they may feel self conscious about (I can relate to that).  They use it as a way to feel more confident, outgoing and normal.  Others use it as a way to express their personality, to enhance features that they want to stand out.  At the other end of the spectrum you have all the incredibly talented Makeup Artist's that see a face as a blank canvas and something on which they can create a masterpiece, something that is far removed from reality.

What defines true beauty?  Is it a face with no makeup or one with so much that the person has altered the way they look?  Personally, I think true beauty is like art, it can take many different forms and mean different things to different people. 

Makeup can be beautiful, it can be artistic, powerful, empowering, it can be anything you want it to be.  
Makeup is your secret weapon.

"For Beautiful Eyes look for the good in others
For beautiful Lips speak only words of kindness
And for poise walk with the knowledge that you are never alone"
-Audrey Hepburn

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