April 14, 2024

There’s something about makeup that is exciting. Walking into Sephora, Ulta and MAC is the light at the end of the makeup-free tunnel. Being able to create different looks with the use of powders, shadows and highlights is amusing.

Being in and out of the pool or field for many years of my life didn’t allow for much styling of any sort. My hair was always braided or in a high ponytail and my face was always adorned with black square frames. Although I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was 14, something about it was so intriguing and it was something I could never obtain.

Here I am, six years later, obsessed with all things contour, highlight and lip color. Putting makeup on is genuinely relaxing for me. It’s my morning “ritual” that I rarely skip.

It isn’t that I have the need to cover my face with beautiful, expensive products; it’s just that I like to. The common misconception is that women wear makeup to impress men. The fact of the matter is that I did not spend 45 minutes perfecting a flawless eye and highlight to impress a man.

Giving 100 percent in the morning with hair and makeup doesn’t happen daily. No one is trying to look glamorous for an 8 a.m. class, not even me. But when I have the time, I’ll take my time to get ready for the day with a full face of makeup and hair to match.

Nothing ruins my glamorous day more than the phrase, “Oh, who did you dress up for?”

I’m a firm believer in doing what makes you feel confident. When I have my makeup done and I know it looks good, confidence consumes me. I am at my best self when I’m 100 percent ready for the day, and I took the time to be ready for nobody else but myself.

If I look great, I feel great, and that is what matters most. Please don’t ask me for whom I dressed up for because chances are, you’ll fall victim to the sassiest eye roll you’ve ever seen, featuring flawless winged eyeliner.

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