From Our Readers: Why Women Find Comfort in Makeup
Those pimples never went away. Don't you hate it more when people tell you that maybe it's because of makeup? If they only knew that we would never do anything to make it worst. It's even more painful when the more we try to cure it, the less it heals.
How many times have they told us to not to touch or look at it? Because if we do, it will onlyget worst. I don't think they understand that we try not to look at the mirror just so we could forget, even just for a second, that we don't have acne, huge pores, an oily face, and pimple scars.
What's even harder is when guys think we put on makeup to impress them. No, just no. That will never happen because what we do with our face is our business—makeup and everything we do with it—we do for ourselves. We put on makeup because it can cover up the imperfections we are learning to love. We all know it's temporary but I think that's the beauty of it.
What's even harder is when guys think we put on makeup to impress them. No, just no.
At the end of the day, when we get home and remove our makeup, we're reminded of what's real. We put on makeup because those medicines and treatments only get us hoping for nothing. Out of all the relationships, the love and relationship we have with ourselves is what matters most and it's so funny how one (or a hundred!) pimple, affects our self-confidence. Trust me, not one girl would want that.
So let's start with the foundation, even though for once, we would like to know what's it like to wake up early for school and never worry about covering the pimples on our face and still look flawless. Let's move on with the concealer, because for once we'd like to see our faces without the marks, the redness, the dry flakes, the bumps. Now let's work on a "no makeup" makeup look. It might seem so simple, but know that it still takes a lot of time.
Is it so hard to be the girl that everyone sees as the girl she is? Bare and exposing her real face without hesitations? Yes, we know we can't please everyone, but anxiety kicks in and you just feel bad about everything. For once, we'd like to feel that being beautiful is never having to pay a huge amount of cash.
So many walls were built up so high that being beautiful has a very different meaning now. Everyone became a book who gets judged by their cover.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.