By Fiona Warigon
A literal meaning of makeup is “cosmetics applied to the face to improve and change appearance”, for the sake of this piece we will be talking about the basic makeup women apply daily. I believe makeup should enhance the face while bringing out the beauty that’s already there. I often hear people wield “makeup words” like “transformation” and “extreme makeover” with reckless abandon. I have tried so many times in the past to no avail in correcting this ideology . I have come to the conclusion that proper makeup application is deeper than the fun aspect and I have come to see that (and it got me thinking) people don’t see makeup as enhancing because they feel the beauty isn’t there to start with talk more of it being transforming.
I believe in God and I believe he created everything beautiful. I also believe there’s beauty in everyone, regardless of the scars, the pimples, the acne, all the perceived flaws. It’s become clear that most ladies use makeup because they feel they are not beautiful. If you’re one of them ask yourself this; if Beyonce or Agbani Darego had lots of scars or acnes or pimples will that make them any less beautiful? I think not. I can imagine there are a few murmurs out there by now but feeling beautiful comes from within , it comes from believing you’re beautiful, and if you don’t believe you’re beautiful no one could really make you believe otherwise. The best they could do is “think” you’re beautiful and for them to believe you have to first of all affirm it to yourself then affirm it to them. You need to love and appreciate and celebrate your uniqueness. Overlook the perceived minor flaws and believe that you are truly beautiful. For example there was a girl in my high school who would usually come in front of the class and tell everyone how beautiful she looked. The funny thing was we all believed she looked that great but after graduation it was apparent she was not as beautiful as she made us believe she was. She believed she was beautiful and she exuded an extremely beautiful “vibe” so much so we all jumped on her bandwagon.
That’s the power of belief, I believe everyone is beautiful “fashie” the “commas (flaws). The face has a form which makeup glides on and it is this form that is already there that defines how makeup turns out, if makeup makes you beautiful it’s because of the beautiful form you have provided for it, the best it does is to conceal your flaws and accentuate your best parts. If someone has flaws say lots of pimples, the right thing isn’t to condemn yourself but to look for remedies (I will be talking about getting a flawless face when I get the opportunity to write again). Just as the saying goes, “looking good is good business” it boosts your confidence level.
However Makeup doesn’t make up for insecurities, believing in yourself does. If you happen to fall into the “transforming” group I urge you to re-evaluate yourself perception and then reexamine your looks particularly your face pointing out what gives you an edge and emphasising it and then pointing out the flaws and concealing it.
When it comes to makeup in Nigeria there two categories of people; those that accept makeup and those that don’t. Obviously those that like makeup use or admire and support makeup. However this group of people are criticised by the other group of people who feel makeup users are deceptive and some could even go to the extent of saying it is ungodly, I use makeup but not with the intention of deceiving anybody, I do it to enhance my look and sometimes just for the fun of it I believe the same applies to most ladies that make use of makeup. Makeup helps you express yourself and puts you in the mood for an occasion, it complements your dress sense. On the hand there are those who neither use nor accept makeup, these people are comfortable with being natural. They are more often than not influenced by religion or culture. This group of people are also criticised by the latter group who see them as weird and some tag them “holier than thou”.
I am not in support of either of the two extremes. A lady should be allowed what rocks her boat to express her personality in a way she deems fit without being looked down on or judged. It’s petty and fickle to judge a person based on the fact they use or don’t use makeup.
You don’t have to let that negative attitude about your looks deter you from being the best you could be. You are indeed really beautiful, it might just even be your smile so go ahead and radiate, the world needs it.
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Fiona Warigon, is a graduate of Economics from Bingham University. A model turned makeup artist and interior designer (who sees herself as a mogul in waiting). She received her training and certificate of Cosmetology from HBS and was awarded a certificate of Interior Design from GOA International. After years of being a professional makeup artist she recently launched an online store www.hautemontage.com. She writes on lifestyle, Cosmetology and Interior Design. Check her out on Twitter @hautemontageINT and @fionawarigon