I never really bothered with make-up when I was a teenager, although many of my classmates did, and I heard many say that they couldn’t go out “without their face on”, but that wasn’t me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like makeup particularly; I just couldn’t be bothered with it and to some extent I thought it was superficial that people would only like you if you’d covered your physical flaws with makeup. So it never bothered me, even though the fact that as a teenager I had a lot of spots, and due to the bad habit that I have when it comes to my skin (which one of my other goals is trying to address), also scarred.
My perspective on this has changed over time. I think it can be superficial to think that it would be devastating to be seen without makeup. However, there are benefits to wearing it, and I do see that it makes a huge difference to your appearance, whether applied well or badly. I know it should like you’re not even wearing makeup, and it’s surprising how much better you can look ‘natural’ with makeup than without, blemishes and everything clear to see.
I would be lying if I said that it doesn’t bother me at all for people to be able to see my face au naturel, but I’ve never really learnt to apply makeup well and I don’t want to draw attention to my face by having ‘war paint’ instead of simply being as I am.
I really want to improve my image because I feel like it’s very lacklustre, and also just because people don’t give you a hard time because you look pasty and spotty, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make some effort to look nice, even if it’s just for yourself.
I do want to look nice because it’s nice to have made the effort and it improves your self-esteem to some extent. This is where moderation comes in for me – although I think it’s superficial to rely excessively on makeup for your self-image, that doesn’t mean it makes no difference at all.
After all, there’s no point in looking stunning when the minute you talk to someone, they dislike you based on your lack of social skills or personality. These things matter just as much, so I think it’s important for me to be more well-rounded and to improve many aspects of my physical and psychological characteristics.
This goal ties in really well with several of my other goals, so I think this will really help me make progress on those as well :) 4 years ago