I was never really taught how to do my makeup or hair. My mom and dad have always been sort of “hippie-ish” and neither of them are much into cosmetics or dressing in current styles.
I feel like I’ve always been the last to know how to do makeup and hair tricks. Before the invention of YouTube, I pretty much just copied what I saw other girls doing if I liked it. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out how women were making their eyes so pretty and defined, and my sister-in-law finally told me it was rimming their eyes with eyeliner…I felt like such an idiot.
I taught myself how to blow dry and curl my hair. I did my own eyebrows at thirteen and they never looked the same again. I wish my mom would’ve at least taken me somewhere to get my brows done the first time so I wouldn’t have annihilated them, but she was always of this impression that I didn’t need to do anything to change my looks because I was “naturally” beautiful…which is sweet but of course I’m naturally beautiful to her! Every child is beautiful to their mother, but I did need some assistance in the grooming department.
I was born in the South and I think that possibly I got my beauty ideals from there. I really don’t like any “edgy” female styles like short-short hair, crazy colors, or too many tattoos for myself. I’m more into the traditional feminine look – longer hair, soft makeup, soft colors, etc. The Marilyn Monroe era type of beauty really appeals to me.
I definitely think tv and magazines have influenced by beauty ideals, especially when I was younger. Now that I’m 30, I don’t feel the need to copy every trend and I stick to my basic style and preference. I will notice celebrities if they’re wearing a style I like and of course I love browsing Pinterest for outfit and makeup ideas! But for the most part I know what I like and I’m not influenced too far out of that box.
What’s your “style” or idea of beauty?
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