I’m about to dispense what I consider the best beauty advice ever. Are you ready? Here goes:
Yes, real. Not air-brushed, not pinned, not tucked, not injected, not sucked in, not sucked out, not glued on, not weaved in, not waxed, not implanted.
How many advertisements for a beauty product promise the look of fake lashes, the look of injected lips, essentially the appearance of artificiality…as if this is the new “natural” and any make-up routine lacking scalpels, syringes, bags of silicone, glue, or saline is for slackers?
Do we even know what a woman naturally looks like anymore? Do we know what an unwaxed, unbleached, un-retouched woman looks like without outside interference into what she “should” look like, before the army of conformists get their grip on her?
I find it highly disturbing that women have been so plasticized, so objectified, that even we buy into the build-a-woman mentality with “beauty treatments” that simply erase who we are and what we look like naturally. You are not allowed to have natural expression lines on your forehead! Inject them away! Got hips? No problem. We can work wonders with a scalpel and lipo. Boobs not quite large enough to lift right off your chest and begin to orbit the sun on their own planetary plane? Check. We can handle that too.
The oddity now is not the nipped and tucked. It is the natural. I find that scary, anti-woman, and frighteningly conformist that it goes so unquestioned. Well, I’m calling it out. Knives, needles, bandages, and vacuum hoses will never be a part of my beauty routine. What should be a fun and creative expression of our personalities has been bastardized into rigidly molding ourselves into one ideal, and no effort, however extreme, is too far to go to fall in line.
I’ll stay out here, outside the lines. For good.