Beauty gurus and influencers seem to be getting more and more extreme.
Contouring. Strobing. Plucking. Filling. Artificial hair, nails, and lashes. Full-coverage. Overlined. Baked.
We fully support whatever makes women feel the most beautiful, but rather than disguising our natural beauty, what if we instead chose to embrace it? Every little quirk, each so-called “imperfection,” — what if, instead of hiding it, we recognized that what makes us different is what makes us beautiful?
Moles become beauty spots. Hair kinks? Luscious curls. And our eyes, the windows to our souls, show creases from a lifetime of rich emotions, not wrinkles of age to be hidden.
There’s something truly liberating about finding beauty in ourselves right where we are. Caring for our bodies with love and tenderness and thoughtful attention, without judgment or criticism or need for correction to be “right.” Finding joy in all that we are, as we are, and learning to love and appreciate everything we embody.
Yes, it’s easier said than done. We’re often fed ideas about the “ideal” woman, or the “perfect” look, and it can be hard to block out that noise. But the closer we look, the more we begin to realize that the “perfect” woman is a woman who loves how she looks and feels, no matter how she got there — whether that means a bare face or a bold and sparkly eyeshadow.
This International Women’s Day, we celebrate all women, as they are, right now. Perfectly imperfect, beautifully real, fully present in the bodies we inhabit.
After all, what could be more beautiful than a warm smile, sparkling eyes, and a natural glow? A happy woman IS a beautiful woman — quirks and all.