"I was missing the big picture. How could I love my skin if I didn't love myself? In this world, we need more "big picture" beauty. Thousands of products exist on the market to target and treat specific beauty concerns, but at the same time, they distract us from looking more deeply at the root cause, or at the reason we are reaching for these products".
We measure our beauty in two major ways. One, of course, is physical. Our muscularity, tone, clarity, and radiance of our skin, the shine of our teeth, the strength of our nails and the shimmer of our hair and even our scent. Can you fake these things? A million times, yes. Plenty of us do every single day. With handy helpers like makeup, perfume and diet shakes or pills. Keeping our real skin hidden, our natural scent masked and our true bodies shaped by chemicals and tablets.
Without many of these things, I wouldn't have been able to hide my own troubles for years. I struggled to feel confident without makeup, it was difficult to leave the house without spraying my body and clothes and slimming tablets were my turn to when I felt hatred at my body shape.
It took me years to appreciate, that with only focusing on my physical side, I missed out on caring about my much deeper, physical beauty. The physical beauty that lived inside rather than above my skin. The beauty “feel” as well as the “look”.
I was missing the big picture. How could I love my skin if I didn't love myself? In this world, we need more "big picture" beauty. Thousands of products exist on the market to target and treat specific beauty concerns, but at the same time, they distract us from looking more deeply at the root cause, or at the reason we are reaching for these products. Always look inside before treating the outside, whether it's a mental or physical issue.
Beauty isn't in the colour of the eye shadow you chose to wear today, it's in the radiant base under it… your skin. Believe me, I'm not saying I don't wear make up, wearing a lot of makeup is part of my career. Stage make up sometimes feels like it is one of my baggy jumpers, because it's so heavy. I love make up and I enjoy putting it on and becoming a different character almost, the “stage” me, the “dancer” me, the “performer”. But what I'm talking about is beauty. I wear makeup often but I don't think that makeup represents my beauty. When we strip away our layers of lipstick, powders and foundation we uncover our beauty to its barest place. I believe that our bare beauty is our most honest and beautiful beauty. Our bare beauty shows that the essential building blocks of beauty are the nutrients of the food we eat and not the cosmetics we place on top.
Please don't misunderstand me, I love make up and I adore how it can make us feel but I also strongly believe that we should stand just as confident and proud without make up as we do with it on.
There is no greater beauty than the bare beauty that lives in your real self and the one that lies upon your natural skin.