“…that photographer pulled it out of her to create this beautiful representation of how Alicia was feeling inside and it matched her music on the album…”
In addition to makeup artistry, I work for a cosmetics company and it’s no secret among my friends and family that my schedule is busy and every day is different. Today I was up at 3:00 A.M. This leaves me feeling and looking tired on occasion. I’m sure a lot of you ladies out there can relate to this… at least the tired part. I do have a little secret for at least, looking like you’ve slept, even if you haven’t. It’s super easy and takes less than 5 minutes and the best part is you don’t need a single tool!
Use a Beauty Balm to even out skin tone and give it some added benefits. There are a lot more benefits to a BB cream than a tinted moisturizer. Most have anti-aging, SPF, moisturizer, etc. There are a lot of great ones on the market so find one that works best for you. Or send me a quick message and I can guide you.
ALWAYS use your ring finger when applying products to your eyes. It is your weakest finger so you will do less damage and cause fewer wrinkles.
Did you watch the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story? I’m a little behind the general public but I just finished it and it was really, really good! We were so young when that trial happened so, there were a lot of issues that were lost on us back then. The FX series brought up a lot of important issues that are still very relevant today but what really stuck with me was the treatment of Marcia Clark.
Who is Marcia Clark?
If you aren’t familiar, Marcia was the lead attorney for the D.A.’s office during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She was working in a male dominated field with and against tough, smart men. I know what you’re thinking… she sounds like a badass!
Well, that wasn’t what was portrayed back in the 90’s. Marcia was constantly criticized for doing her job well. She was called many names including ‘bitch’ simply, because she was a woman killing it at her job. Not only that, she was ripped apart by the media and the American public for not fitting into their standard of beauty. Her hair was a constant topic of ridicule. Her clothing choices were poked fun at, on various Fashion Police like, shows. It was undeservedly mean!
The saddest part of the story is that not a whole lot has changed since the trial! Beauty is incredibly relevant in U.S. culture today. I work in the industry and it’s a BIG industry! With Instagram and Snapchat becoming HUGE, people see women in a disturbing new way. There is this sort of faux-perfection that girls seem to be striving toward. The current standard of beauty is so high that it’s actually unattainable in real life. Why? Because, you can’t walk around with an Instagram filter on your actual face…
There is some good news!
Many famous women are starting to not only take notice of this silliness but they are taking a stand against it. Women like Beyonce who makes music to empower women and has an all female band and staff or Cate Blanchett who called out a cameraman for focusing on her body asking him if he did that to the men. Movies are also putting women in strong roles. Leading roles where they are the heroine and are not portrayed as bitches. They are seen as strong and beautiful! Disney did this with The Force Awakens and it was inspiring! The future is getting brighter for us, ladies!
“We need to celebrate individuality and the beauty in that.”
While the media has become a sort of whipping boy for the way we view modern women the reality is that we, as women, need to step up. We need to stop criticizing each other. We need to celebrate individuality and the beauty in that. I love to do makeup however, I encourage you to wear it for fun! I love makeup because it is a creative outlet for me but I also love natural beauty. That is what I want for you too! You do not need to spend an hour contouring your face to feel beautiful. If you are doing that it isn’t even your face anymore! I encourage you to find your own style! The important thing is to be healthy and happy and when you are both, you will radiate beauty.
Oh, and Marsha is fierce! Don’t you think?