It all started about three weeks ago when I learnt from my sister in-law that a beauty (make-up) class would be coming up before the end of the month. She was excited about it and was going to attend. The class was to cover basic skin care and also how to apply make up. It was being organized by a lady who had been in the make-up industry for 6yrs. My sister in-law was excited about this whole thing and I was happy for her, but I didn't know if I cared too much about attending a make-up application class. After all, I apply make-up just fine and my husband always tells me I look beautiful. Why did I need to go spend the weekend with a bunch of ladies playing dress up or should I say make-up?
Believe it or not but when this past weekend finally arrived, I found myself sitting in that class painting faces and having my face painted too! Who was I kidding? Of course I loved looking beautiful and helping others bring out the beauty in them too. I believe beauty comes from the inside and no amount of make-up can make a woman beautiful, but I also believe that caring for your skin and using make-up to enhance what you already have speaks volumes about your confidence and self-respect.
So there I was on Saturday morning, with two of my sisters in-law and a couple of dozen of other ladies who had come for the training. We came in different tones, shapes and sizes. We had the plump and the slim, the fair-skinned and the dark-skinned, the smiling and the frowning, but at the end of the weekend, it was obvious we were all beautiful and felt beautiful…at least I did.
Am not writing to teach you what I learnt about applying lip stains and eyeshadows, but I wanted to share what I learnt about looking and feeling beautiful. Some of it was what was said by our instructor herself while others are the deep conclusions I came about as a result of my experience at the class. So here we go!
#1. Beauty comes from the inside but will only shine through on the outside if you let it. So the saying that beauty comes from the inside is no excuse not to groom yourself.
#2. The more you let go of ego, judgement and envy, by respecting and appreciating the beauty in others around you, the more others perceive you as beautiful.
#3. Beauty is not about wearing different colors on your face, it is about working with what you already have. You enhance the wonderful features you've been blessed with and downplay the parts that you aren't proud of.
#4. EVERY woman has certain features of their bodies that they aren't excited about, but some chose to accentuate the more desirable parts while some focus on the less desirable parts thus becoming dissatisfied and less confident. This then makes them feel less beautiful.
#5. There is no such thing as the perfect body, at least not on this side of heaven. It's a myth and a fantasy that you can chase but believe me,you won't get it. Why do you think cosmetic surgeons make big bucks and have repeat customers? It's because women think once they reduce a little this and blow up a little that, they'll get the perfect body. The problem is when all is said and done, they grow more dissatisfied with what is left of them and sometimes wish for the old body back.
Ladies, we are all beautiful in our own ways and need to start treating one another as such. What five beautiful things can you say about yourself? I'll go first : I'm talented, blessed, wonderfully made, intelligent and confident. Tell me five beautiful things about you, leave it as a comment below. I am waiting to read your responses!