Makeup is sometimes a chore, and we all know that the media portrays impossible-to-achieve beauty standards that can harm even the most confident woman’s self-worth, if we let it. It takes a lot of inner, non-physical work to truly feel comfortable in our skin. No amount of makeup or physical alteration can compensate for a lack of self-acceptance. To me, applying makeup is a small step that both lets me carry myself more confidently and frees up mind-space so I can focus on more important things. It can free my mind’s attention from small worries about my appearance, and I’m able to be that much more present in conversations and interactions.