Makeup gave my life a complete 360. Growing up I never had confidence in myself and would always look in the mirror with pure disappointment. I would pinpoint all my flaws from my weight and braces to my messy hair and tall body. I was always very vulnerable, especially the summer before my freshman year of high school; I lost 25 pounds and started wearing makeup in an attempt to gain some self-esteem. A simple black line on my eyes or a soft pink shadow on my cheeks was enough to look at myself and feel a sense of worth.
Nowadays it's hard for me to leave my room without covering my dark circles or filling in my eyebrows because I still feel a similar sense of vulnerability from my teenage years. However, the progression of my self-love has been steadily increasing. Even being able to take a picture with a bare face is a milestone in my eyes... however silly that may sound.