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How foundation changed my life

I know it might seems really shallow that makeup should have such a profound impact on one's life, but sometimes one's outward appearance can really affect how one feels inside.

 

When I was in Grade 6, at just 12 years old, I started suffering from really bad acne. I tried all sorts of face washes and creams and lotions, but nothing seemed to be able to clear them up. It was humiliating for me to have to face each day at school with awful red bumps all over my face, and my confidence took a huge knock.

 

My mom eventually took me to a dermatologist, and I was put onto medication and creams to treat it. It never completely cleared up, but it got to the point where it was at least bearable. I remember looking at everyone else who seemed to just have the odd little pimple and whose skin was generally healthy, and feeling so jealous that I could never look like that. It also didn't help that my sister is absolutely gorgeous - the type to literally make everyone stop and stare at her when she enters a room! I felt like I was the ugly sister, and she was the pretty one. Nobody even gave me a second look when she was around.

 

Heading into High School was difficult because in addition to the usual teenager self-consciousness, I felt like everyone was judging me on my skin. My confidence levels plummeted and I never felt truly beautiful because of my red, blotchy, bumpy skin. I longed for the day when my mom would finally allow me to wear makeup so that I could look "beautiful".

 

I remember very clearly the first time I got makeup. My mom and sister had bought me a few essentials (foundation, powder, mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow) but the one I was most excited to try was the foundation! Finally my skin started to look more "normal" - at least the skin was all one tone and the redness wasn't as noticeable.

 

From there I have never looked back - my confidence has grown in leaps in bounds and even though now I am still a little shy when it comes to showing people my face without foundation, it isn't as daunting as it was when I was younger. Now I only have little bumps on my forehead, and redness on my cheeks, nose and forehead, but it's easy to cover up now with colour correctors and concealer :)

 

I have learned that beauty comes from the confidence within, but in some cases we need to fix the outside a little to gain that inner confidence. It wasn't the acne that was making me "ugly", it was the lack of confidence that I had as a result.

 

I would say that you need to do what you need to do to make you feel confident, that way your natural beauty will always shine through :)

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