Resisting the pressure of perfection
Resisting the pressure of perfection: why it’s OK to just be ‘you’
When you look in the mirror, do you love what you see?
Or do you immediately compare your reflection with images in the media, measuring your style success against your favourite celebrity role models?
If you chose the second option, you may already know how risky a strategy it is! How could anybody possibly compete with those heavily-edited images of perfection?
Why perfection isn’t as perfect as it seems
Yes, the make-up we see on pictures of models and celebrities is utterly amazing – even when it looks like they aren’t wearing any make-up at all.
But these images are very often airbrushed, with experts painstakingly poring over them to ensure every last blemish is removed.
(Think about it: if you had a team of professionals at your disposal to make you appear picture-perfect right from the moment you woke up, you’d look utterly amazing too!)
This procession of perfection is what you’re up against, as you stare into the mirror wondering why you don’t look as flawless as Kim Kardashian or Margot Robbie.
If you despair at your daily reflection, try to remember that flawless, poreless baby skin with absolutely no wrinkles is only what the media tries to present to us as ‘normal’, as they show us image after image of impossible beauty.
It’s almost impossible to achieve that level of perfection for yourself, without just the right lighting, a skilled photographer, and a talented editing team.
Give yourself the feel-good factor every day
None of this means you should abandon your make-up routine altogether. Wearing make-up can help lift your spirits and your day, as long as you’re applying it simply to make yourself feel good.
Don’t pressure yourself into putting on make-up just because the media says you have to look ‘perfect’, because other people wear it, or you feel you should.
Believe it or not, you can even use those flawless media images as a positive source for good! Used in the right way, they can serve as fun inspiration for trying out the latest trends and colours.
Just keep in mind that make-up should be all about rewarding yourself with the feel-good factor. The colours you choose should compliment your unique sense of style, instilling a fabulous sense of confidence as you go about your day.
Choosing the right make-up for us can make us walk that little bit taller, and feel gloriously comfortable in our own skin. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean obsessively following what’s trendy or current, but simply trying out and sticking with the colours, styles and techniques that most suit you.
Finally, if a product sounds too good to be true…
…then it probably is! Adverts are very, very clever at convincing us just how much better our lives will be with that latest wonder product added to our collection.
But before you splash the cash, think for a moment. You’ve probably got something at home already that’s just as good, and suits you better.
Did you know a session with a stylist or a professional make-up artist can introduce you to your very best colours? I’m always very happy to chat, so feel free to contact me directly for any advice.
I enjoy talking about make-up almost as much as applying it!
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