While flipping through the February 2011 issue of Elle, I stumbled upon this interview (above) with Dany Sanz, the artistic director for Make Up For Ever. My initial reaction? Is this sh*t for real?!
Designer brands and drugstore brands alike have “High Definition” foundations that “create the illusion of flawless skin,” (Elle 2011). Maybelline’s new foundation line is called “Fit Me.”
Did it ever occur to these cosmetic companies that maybe I fit myself just fine without a foundation to cover “me” up?
I learned from makeup artists like Bobbi Brown and Kevyn Aucoin, both proponents of natural and minimalist beauty, and never got the impression that makeup was supposed to cover you up and make you some sort of HD version of you.
The truth is: If you’re not happy without makeup, no amount of makeup will ever make you happy.
Being happy with yourself can’t be found in a lipstick or eyeshadow, but only after you get to the root of potential issues that are causing you to be unhappy with yourself.
When I was 15-years-old, I got my braces taken off . I knew I should have felt pretty but I didn’t. I told my older sister, “My teeth are straight, my skin is clear and my hair is nice. Why don’t I feel happy?” She responded that happiness had nothing to do with the way I looked.
And she was right.
As I got older, I realized that the way I chose to live my life and invest my passion in is what made me happy. Not orthodontics and drawers of makeup. Sure, I have my bad days and earlier I was balling my eyes out over my foster dog getting adopted.
Foundation isn’t going to make you feel better in the long term, no matter what any high-end makeup artist says. The cosmetics market is out to sell an idea of beauty and happiness, but in the end all you want is more products to make you feel better. You are beautiful just the way you are.