Growing up, I was always self-conscious about my lips. They were larger than average. When I started in the cosmetics industry, I still had this complex of my lips being too big. I would shy away from wearing lipstick and would opt to wear very nude shades. Why did I have these insecurities? It started with someone teasing me about them as a kid. Did I feel this way prior to being teased? No… I didn’t even notice it. Now, I embrace these full lips of mine and I wear red lipstick li-ter-al-ly e-ver-y day because my lips are, in fact, my favorite feature to enhance. People compliment me on my lips, my lipstick and even say "I wish I had full lips like you!" Where did I get this confidence after so many years of insecurities? I had to embrace it within myself and in my own mind that what wasn’t society’s norm is what really makes me beautiful and different.
Take the model Winnie Harlow. She was teased as a kid for being different. What makes her different? She has the skin condition vitiligo and this very thing she has been teased for growing up has made her one of the top up and coming models in print and on the runway. In an article on www.dailymail.co.uk, the model states, 'Everyone asks me what the turning point was but it was just me making the effort to focus on my opinion on myself.' Winnie said: 'I was like, wait I don't actually think I'm ugly - I think I'm beautiful. So where did I get this idea I wasn't? From someone else. Now I've learned to just listen to yourself.' (www.dailymail.com)
One thing that I love about working for the brand Laura Mercier is the fact that Laura Mercier herself has been quoted saying ‘What makes you unique makes you beautiful’. It’s not about covering your flaws heavily with makeup or as Winnie Harlow says, fitting inside someone else’s mold. I have come across so many clients over the years with so many insecurities about their looks on the outside that they try to change with plastic surgeries, injections and so many other THINGS that don't change them on the inside. Be comfortable in your own skin, and accept your own flaws. It starts within yourself. Self-love and self-acceptance is where the real healing begins. What is inside is certainly not something that can be covered with makeup. And what is inside takes work and consistency to really reflect on the outside. Self-love is certainly the key to true beauty inside AND out! As the great RuPaul says, “If you don’t love yo-self, how in the HELL you gone love somebody else? Can I get an AMEN up in here?” Amen, RuPaul. Amen.