Society has played a huge role in what we define as beauty; so much so, that it has become a competition instead of an appreciation of the differences that make us all uniquely beautiful.

As an artist, I am constantly faced with opinions of others and questions about my craft and the way that I perceive beauty. There is a constant battle between beauty and how makeup creates and or enhances it, so before we dive into the see controversial conversation, let’s see how Webster defines beauty and go from there. Meriam Webster defines beauty as: “the quality of being physically beautiful; the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind; a beautiful woman.” From these definitions, I gather three things: beauty is external; beauty is internal, and beauty creates a euphoric experience. However, one thing it does not define is how beauty is determined. In this case the definition is unintentionally intentional enough to draw the conclusion that beauty is whatever you want it to be.

I often hear jokes from guys about loving a woman that displays her natural beauty, so on the first date he may dunk her in the pool, so he can see the real her behind the makeup. This is funny to me because many seem to drool over the look of a Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé Knowles or Jennifer Lopez. It is as if they do not recognize that these women often wear makeup and do other things to enhance their outward beauty to the public eye. This is not to say that they are not naturally beautiful, but many times these judgments have no real basis.

My job as a makeup artist is to enhance the natural features of a woman while perfecting the imperfections. Now, let me clarify imperfections as it relates to my profession. It means evening skin tone, covering blemishes, etc. Again, this is my profession, so I must provide the most “flawless” image possible.

It amazes me that beauty is defined by flawlessness in our society, but flawless in not found in the definition of beauty anywhere. This denotes that beauty is not perfect, it is in everyone, it is everywhere, and just because one does not recognize it, does not mean that it doesn’t exist. Could it be that our individualized beauty only ignites the passion in those we are meant to touch with who we really are beneath the surface?

I think it is time that we re-define beauty and recognize that no matter what size or shape; how much hair we have or don’t have, how light or dark our skin is, we are all beautiful. I want every woman to take a good look in the mirror and say this as your personal manifesto:

I love myself, others, and appreciate our differences.

I believe that my inner beauty far surpasses physical parameters and people recognize it.

I am committed to defining my own beauty each and every day.

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