Growing up I was always afraid of makeup. The women in my family didn’t wear makeup unless it was a special occasion and I was told that I didn’t need it. Naturally I wanted to experiment with my friends. I was a teen in the early 90s and most makeup I found at my local drug store was not geared towards woman of color.
I felt like makeup changed the way I look and brought on attention that I didn’t want so I stayed away from it and when I did rarely wear makeup it was eyeliner and the ONE color lipstick I could find that complimented my skin tone (wet and wild 522). Besides the look, I didn’t like the way it felt on my skin and when I did try new products I often got a bad reaction.
I’m 38 now and I’ve just recently started wearing makeup. I
only use vegan cosmetics and I use it to compliment my natural look, rather than to change it. Everyone is different. I think that makeup can be a great confidence booster and a chance to be creative. Whether you use a little or a lot, as long as it makes you more comfortable with yourself and not an effort to change who you are, it’s a beautiful thing