First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone for their comments on my decision to discontinue my other blog. I really liked that blog and working with all the different people and shapes. This blog, The Unknown Beauty Blog, will still be up but probably slow down a bit. (Blame it on Pinterest! I love being there.) I guess what I liked most about doing the other blog was the different people that volunteered. It was interesting to see how the camera captured everyone's inner beauty.
I love makeup and always have. I loved watching my aunt (who was a lush) apply her crimson red lipstick each morning with such precision that my application with a brush puts me to shame. I loved watching my mum put on her eyeliner that I even held my breath when she applied it. I have memories in makeup.
However, I knew from the day that I wore makeup; I had to learn not to depend on it when it came to beauty. I had to develop my inner beauty as much as my outer. Don't get me wrong, I still won't leave the house with some type of makeup on whether it be concealer and lipstick or a full face (which is really just a casual look). Yet, my friends have seen me without makeup and I don't care that they have.
What gets to me nowadays is how much makeup has become this product of…oh, I don't know…snippiness. For some of you who remember me from a certain makeup board, you know how awful and bitchy that site could get especially when people posted pictures of themselves. Talk about being in front of a firing squad, some people knew how to insult others without any guilt. Another point that got to me was swapping, when people wanted the dollar to dollar equality of products. I understand makeup is not cheap and to tell you the truth, I sometimes don't understand how it got to be so expensive. I just remember the days when the women I knew just applied the makeup and went on their merry way without someone ever commenting on makeup whether it be the price or how it looked on the face. I am not saying there is anything wrong in buying high end or swapping, I just couldn't understand how makeup became this other form of "money".
My grandmother often told me, "know yourself and your inner self and what is layered on top becomes the accessory". To me at times, no matter how much makeup a woman put on her face and spent thanks to her credit card, the look as a whole just turned out to be a mask. Sure, the makeup looked beautiful but her inner beauty had a certain ugliness which at times I felt sorry for.
Inner beauty is hard to define and develop but once it is strong, it is the most beautiful thing to have. No one can take it away, no need to hide it. It becomes the dominant makeup item and the rest just will enhance it.
How do you develop it? I don't know. The method is different for everyone but I know one thing, everyone has it. How do I know this? The pictures that people volunteered for my other blog. The glimpse of that inner beauty just made me smile when I played around with them. This is why I liked doing makeovers virtually. Cameras captured that aura. In real life it takes a while to see it because time doesn't stop. I know many didn't understand my reasoning for doing the Photoshop aspect of the posts but this was the main reason; to look at everyone's inner beauty made my day. But, when people didn't see this or expected more from the posts, I knew that if I didn't stop; I wouldn't be able to see other's inner beauty. My future posts could have been clouded by spite and insecurity and probably would have been visible. I would NEVER EVER want to destroy anyone's inner beauty due to my own lack of attention.
And attention is what is needed when you want to develop inner beauty, not the type where it is look at me, boost my ego and I will feel better. More of the type where taking time for yourself isn't a guilty feeling. Taking time to clear your mind.
I grew up when there was no internet. Television was just showing some shows in color. (Remember when TV Guide listed shows either in color or BW?) Was it boring without the internet? I dunno, I watched reruns of Gilligan's Island and sang the Banana Splits song. (Lalala, lalala, laaaa!) Television was the evil and for those who grew up then you know what those psychologists were saying, pretty much the same thing about the internet today which is hard to get away from.
And, I do get away from it, even if it means at least an hour. I give myself full time to just relax or meditate, clear my thoughts or I do yoga. (For you it could be different but give yourself or your mind time to relax and that means blocking out everything for a few minutes. Forget about social media.) The best makeover I give myself is the time I selfishly devote to my mind, body, and spirit. That is how I develop my inner beauty or developed it. I shut myself off to the virtual world and at times the real world.
Nowadays, so many people just continuously chatter what is instantly on their minds that they just don't know when or even how to shut up. I am telling you this, silence is very beautiful and if you don't learn how to embrace it, many beautiful sights will be missed.
So, why did I do a post on this inner beauty and outer stuff? I love makeup but I have noticed that people can turn ugly when it comes to the products or methods. As a woman whose years are turning into old age, I can tell you this. You have to develop your love and your beauty without the dependance on products or promises of those products. You have to know that a makeup technique is a skill and not some magical attention method; once the makeup is washed off, it is just you. You have the magic or the aura to carry your inner beauty the way it should be seen or shown off to others. You are all beautiful!!!!
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