This could be the few glasses of incredibly cheap wine talking, or something more sincere. I love make-up, clothes, nails and so on. I don’t believe that it makes me shallow, it’s just an external interpretation of yourself, amplifying your personality. It is also hiding the things you don’t like, to make yourself feel more comfortable.

I can’t say I’ve heard any other songs by Colbie Caillat (okay I actually had no idea who she was..) but her song has induced a plethora of comments/articles some worrying, some positive, some, well, questionable.

Despite the scepticism that this is pandering to a generation of women (and men) who are fed-up of super airbrushed magazine photos and so on. It’s a little heartbreaking how people have reacted to this.

It’s saddening to see people who get the general jist behind the song but are quick to accuse those who don’t wear make up as lazy, slobs etc and those who do wear make up as sluts, show-offs, fake etc. You can’t win.

Either way, it’s a personal choice. Make-up artistry is an art, and it can be used to create beautiful things. That however doesn’t mean that without it you are less of a person. The be all and end all is whether you like yourself as a person, the way you are, no additions. It is important to feel comfortable in your own skin, but so difficult. Being incredibly self-conscious ultimately stops you from having fun.

Photoshop is not the devil. Photographers, models and so on as artists have the right to choose how they portray and display their art. If that’s a raw, un-edited picture so be it. If it’s heavily photoshopped – that’s your creative choice. The problem lies where it’s used to influence products sales with an image so far from the truth its laughable.

Again, things like cosmetic surgery and so on we can’t tarnish all as pathetic people who should be happy with what they’ve got. It’s such a difficult subject I don’t really believe there’s any right or wrong. How you personally feel about yourself is more important than what the masses think.

We can’t really blame the media for everything, we’re not completely void of any sense of ourselves unless provided by shiny magazines and TV commercials.

I think the difficulty is that there is no real answer. Both sides of this argument have their validity and reasons. Getting rid of make-up and airbrushing probably isn’t the solution, neither is making it the only option. If you feel good when you’re dolled up to the nines, as long as you can feel good outside of that, you’ve got a happy balance.

At the end of the day, it’s easier said than done to ‘love yourself’ or whatever other posi message we’re bombarded with (girl power!). You don’t have to love yourself completely, the same way you don’t have to wear/not wear makeup. It’s a personal learning curve for each individual and it takes all sorts.

And then there’s me, still bitter that my faces is not naturally airbrushed and perfect, that I just ate cheesecake and feel bad about it but it’s ok. I’ll live, learn to accept and move on. Below: Obligatory Ru-Paul gif.



Sarah x