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 Do you remember the first time you wore make-up? Smooth and evenly toned with a shimmering eyeshadow finish, did it make you feel like you had just come out of your cocoon? Makeup gives the artist a chance to paint a story, but what happens when we get used to the idea that we can't leave the house without it?

 

After years of wearing makeup, looking at a mirror doesn't feel the same. Staring barefaced at your appearance, do you feel the itch to reach for the brush not to highlight your features but to hide those that have been deemed "unacceptable"? After years of trying to meet beauty standards, many of us have fallen in love with a reflection that isn't truly who we are. That's where the book The Caged Butterfly comes in.


Leading the reader through a radical story about self-acceptance, her book seeks to answer the question of how does one come to love the skin they are in? Makeup can be an act of empowerment, a means to practice self-love by expressing yourself but sometimes things don't go as planned. Sometimes what was once a form of freedom becomes a cage.

Putting on foundation and contouring your face should be a choice, not a necessity. It's an act of self-love but only when applied for the right reasons. Taking a step back from makeup doesn't make you any less of the beautiful person that you are. Your beauty has and always will be who you are inside rather than the shade of lipstick you choose to wear. As found by the study run by Tara Well, taking the time to look at yourself in the mirror each day to admire the skin you are in goes a long way towards self-acceptance and compassion for yourself and others. It takes courage to strip away your armor but taking the time to truly appreciate who you are, brings on a glow that a makeup highlighter can only dream of achieving.

You don't need to throw away your makeup to love yourself. However, see it for what it really is - dessert with a cherry on top. To read more about the power of finding your inner beauty and embracing the body you are in, pick up The Caged Butterfly at your nearest bookstore. I promise you; you won't regret it.

 

Reference:

Well, T., et al. (2016). The Benefits of Mirror Meditation. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Denver, CO.

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