During high school, it was very common to dedicate 15 minutes of daily “work time” to my hair. I had a lot of it (visualize a massive afro of brown curls) and it wasn’t easy to manage. My typical product usage consisted of half a bottle of gel, some mousse, and then administering hairspray until the air around me became toxic. I was more or less going to school with a helmet every day.
So, why did I do this? Why did I put so much serious attention into my hair construction? One might conclude it had something to do with insecurity. I thought that the more stylized and suave I perceived my hair to be, the more stylized and suave everyone else would think I was. I feel this same thought process is the reason behind girls wearing too much makeup.
I met a girl recently and during that first encounter she had no makeup on. I mean zero and she looked stunning. It was refreshing to see this girl with what appeared to be no insecurity when it came to her natural look. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Then not too long after our introduction, I saw her out again and she seemed to be wearing a mask (a scary one). I was confused. If the purpose of makeup is to make one look more attractive, then why was I so turned off by this?
It was because of the excess. She had completely overshadowed her natural beauty with the excessive application of blush, eyeliner, and mascara, among other tools. I felt bad for her and wondered why she decided to go out looking like that. But then I remembered doing the same thing, only to my hair. All those years thinking my rock-hard curls were gaining the interest of so many may have actually led to the dismantling of that interest! And perhaps the practice of girls pounding on the makeup is working against the very reason for putting it on in the first place.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing some makeup, but for the ones that use too much, I’d like to stress the point that you don’t need to. You don’t need to block your natural beauty. Instead, make a point to block out the insecurity. When you think you’ve applied enough, you probably have, so set the brushes down.
I think we can all agree that the usage of makeup is to make oneself more attractive, however, it can also unknowingly make one less attractive. Guys like confident girls, just like girls enjoy confident guys. So, have some confidence in your natural look and I guarantee that will be far more attractive than anything your makeup bag can offer.
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