“When I grow up, I want to be beautiful.” must be my motto when I was in my kiddies.
I was such an eager beaver to be beautiful one day, even wearing my mommy’s heels when it’s not yet my time, trying to glam up in my own way, even if I was still a kid. I loved to dress up and make myself pretty whenever I had the chance, and that love for beauty was with me as I grew up. Something top secret? I even secretly dreamed to be on TV one day. When the auditions for Ang TV were on, I found myself wanting to audition! Hahaha! Oh vain Sophie!
My love for makeup started as early as my very young years, when I would see my mom put eyelid tape on her eyelids, and sport really pretty eye makeup. She told me that during her younger years, alot of people would compliment her for her pretty eye makeup. She even owned a salon in which I had my bangs permed ( that was a thing of the past, okay! haha! )
Going back, I guess my love for makeup grew more and more when I started reading magazines. I devoured them when I was little, and bought my first ever oil-control product ( which turned out to be a makeup base! ) when I was in Grade 5, saving up my allowance of a few weeks ( that was 800 bucks! ), and even asking my yaya to buy me an “Angel’s Face” compact powder the same year, getting lured by the beautiful model on TV. I started getting experimental with makeup while I was in college, spending a fraction of my allowance with cosmetics. I had my compact always with me, a shimmer blush, and a lipgloss. But then, it was a series of hit’s and misses.
My experimentation was nothing short of bold. I tried everything just to make me look my best. I read books, watched videos, and played with makeup. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it wasn’t. Plus add the fact that my skin was acne-prone and very oily. Sometimes, I preferred hiding under foundation with the state of my skin. It was that bad.
I started a beauty blog out of my love for beauty products and makeup, and I think, I’ve become more engrossed with this niche, that I wanted to take another step. With getting frustrated on how to get my makeup techniques right, I enrolled myself in makeup school a good few years after graduation. I’ve always loved makeup and beauty, and I thought it was time to have some training. My dad shrugged it off as a waste of time, as I should be helping run our family business, but I chose the schedule most convenient and less of a hindrance – every Saturdays.
Let me tell you that my first course in Makeup Artistry absolutely changed my life. It made me empowered.
Empowered, that in the sense that I am felt more confident with someone affirming, and correcting my techniques, and with alot of practice, I was able to acquire a good skill in making people beautiful. I was a happier person, I loved doing makeup on other people, and most of all, I started mastering my features. It was quite an inspiring period for me.
With my happiness overflowing with what I’ve been doing ( I’ve been conducting workshops, doing makeup for people, and even blogging even more happily with techniques and looks), I really wanted to learn more. I took a giant leap, and told my parents that I was going to Singapore to explore further studies in makeup. They thought that I was mad and highly irrational, but it’s not just about “makeup artistry” for me. It was like more of searching for who I am, knowing myself more, and pushing myself to the limits.
January, and I left for makeup school for a training of 6 months. Tell you, it wasn’t easy. I am not one of those people who are “naturally gifted” with makeup artistry, as Singaporean makeup school was altogether another ballgame. It was more of “precision” for them. They peered to the most minute details and criticized. I was let down a couple of times, and was even told that I am not meant to be a makeup artist. There are days when I’d stay behind after class to practice, and there are days when I’d just stare at myself in front of the mirror, and try to perfect my makeup application. With that discipline of 6 months, I felt that my skills were more honed as I was pushed to the limit.
And it’s been two years since that experience, and I would never regret it.
Why? It’s because the experience made me feel powerful. I feel powerful that I was able to master the art of looking at features, what techniques look best in them, and how to accentuate one’s beauty. I am able to see the beauty in every person, with my mind running wild on how I could create “accents” on their special features, how to bring out the best in every person I see. It was a new, beautiful pair of eyes to see the world with.
But most of all, I feel most powerful in the sense that I know my features well, I’ve learned to embrace what I look like, and know how to use makeup to my advantage and look my best. My favorite makeup look must be the natural look, or prime look, as they call it, as it just looks fresh.
Makeup doesn’t need to be bare. Makeup just needs to bring out your best features with colors. For the eyes that smile with delight, they can look brighter and happier with a dose of undereye corrector/concealer and light eye makeup. For cheeks that rise and beam up with glee, they can look more expressive and healthy with a slight stroke of blush. For lips that sing out words of kindness, they definitely deserve some color and shine. Makeup needs to bring out your inner beauty and further amplify it!
For my makeover that I’d like to share , I’ve used Bobbi Brown products. I hold Bobbi Brown products to a high regard, as Bobbi Brown, the woman behind the brand herself, is such an inspiration. Her philosophy in empowering women with makeup is just so inspiring, that she’s come up with two books, Makeup Manual, and Beauty Rules, that seeks to guide women of all ages to the world of makeup. I love those books, as they’re the sister that I never had, when I was trying to experiment with makeup way back then.
Using Bobbi Brown products, giving more focus on the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Palette made me achieve this look :
I like this day look because I look awake with bright eyes, alive with the colors of health on my cheeks, and polished. I feel wonderful, looking good like that!
Pretty Powerful, that’s what I am.
What I’ve learned with makeup, is that it’s supposed to make you look better. It’s going to be still you – recognizably still you, only looking pretty powerful. In my personal experience, when I see myself looking good as I apply makeup, I start feeling good myself, and I become more productive. I feel inspired to do alot of things, and I am more confident in facing people, and my smiles have been more generous and beaming! I feel that I can conquer the world, when I feel good about myself! With that realization, I wanted to guide more girls into doing that for themselves, and thus, this beauty blog exists, and I have been conducting personal coaching sessions to girls out there.
Never underestimate makeup. It might just be a piece of cosmetic to you, but the way it makes you look more polished and accents your best features, being pleased with your transformation goes down to your psyche. You are happier, you are more productive with work, and you can do things that you’ve never imagined achieving, thanks to your optimistic outlook! Who doesn’t want to be happy everyday? See the power of makeup? A confident woman, happy with herself, can move mountains. We deserve to be happy. We deserve to achieve things. In order to do that, it must all start from within, loving ourselves, taking care of ourselves. Once we are bursting with self-love, then we can learn to share what we have to the world. When we do that, we are definitely most fulfilled.
So…to answer. How does makeup make me pretty powerful?
What I realized today, is that you don’t have to try to be someone else. You need to embrace who you are, and what you have. You are beautiful. Everyone is. I’ve learned the secret to beauty, and that is…
It’s all about knowing oneself. Mastery of one’s features. Having make-up work to its advantage. Knowing what looks best on you is the key. When you know yourself, you’re in control.
I believe that I am pretty powerful because I love myself, and I know myself. I take myself for who I am, appreciate the good things in me. I see makeup as a friend, and is a pleasant add-on to the existing me, that makes me “amp” up my features, very much like a camera, changing the setting to “vivid” mode. I love makeup because it gives me my self esteem an all time high. I love makeup because it makes me so optimistic, that I want to make all my dreams come true! ( oh, one step at a time, okay? ) In one sentence : makeup makes me function pretty well, as it arms me with all the confidence boost I need. It’s like an energy drink. Haha!
I also believe that I am pretty powerful because I am able to help and guide those who are about to embark on their journey of self-discovery in skin care and makeup. I write this beauty blog for the purpose of it – to reach out to women of any age, and express that makeup is something that you can do yourself, and it just doesn’t make you more beautiful – it shoots straight to your self esteem, gives you all the good vibes you need, and with being happy with yourself, you are able to achieve alot. It’s an effort for self-love. It’s an effort to be able to show the world your full potential.
Let me end this entry, by sharing with you an excerpt from a cute poem that I wrote about makeup way back,
Ode to my Favorite Thing
My life had changed
The moment I knew you existed
You transformed this pale, lifeless color of a lass
Into an overnight masterpiece
My loneliness , you mask by a whole new layer of confidence
My nature , you perfect by a mere dab of flawlessness
My sleepless nights, you conceal with your creamy touch of radiance
My personality of pale further flushed with a color of life
My best features, you enhance with your boost of pearly glow
Because of you, My beliefs in love are further enhanced by the reddish tint of smile
My innocent smile is transformed into the lips of a temptress
My flaws are covered by the caring affection of a friend
My dry puckers are further nourished with a wet shine of seduction
You proudly line me up with the goddesses of beauty
You comfort me with your sweet strokes
Your colorful love never fails to make me feel good
For I am bound to you and you are bound to me.
Do you feel the power of makeup? I’d love to hear your story!