Just over six months ago I wrote a post about how, in my late twenties, I was finally making confident steps in the world of make-up. Yup, it took me that long!
Unlike most girls I know, I didn’t grow up reading magazines or sharing make-up tips with my school mates. I found the world of beauty all a bit bewildering. On top of that, well-meaning but poor Christian teaching had led me to think that make-up hid the person that God really wanted me to be.
It took me a while to understand the artistry in make-up and then a while longer to try it out. Now, half a year later, I want to share 6 things I’ve learned…
I’m still me, but with healthier skin! No big personality change but adding day cream and night cream to my morning and evening routine is the easiest good habit I’ve managed to maintain.
I haven’t lost any confidence. Which was something was I actually worried about – I was concerned that I would get so used to my new makeup routine I would lose the confidence to go out without it. I’m very grateful for still being comfortable in my makeup-free skin!
I get complimented by my friends and colleagues but it hasn’t changed anyone’s opinions of me. Who doesn’t like a nice comment and to be noticed? But somewhere in the back of my mind I hoped that by wearing makeup I would be more respected by the ladies at work. Turns out no-one treats me any differently, any lack of respect was in my imagination, and it’s actually been a relief realising that they like me for who I am, not for what’s on my face.
I loved being able to share tips with one of my besties. My new confidence inspired her to step out in a new lip colour. It’s rare to see her look in the mirror with satisfaction and I loved that I was part of that. When we have the opportunity to build each other up, we should make the most of it.
Fake eyelashes were my step too far… We both wore them to the same party but my friend looked amazing and I got funny stares! I’m really glad I tried them – a year ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of it! But it was tons of fun trying them out and being creative.