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UREMBO SERIES: MAKEUP (Ep. 4)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to my first makeup tutorial. It was bound to happen, don’t you think? Today I’m going to show you how I pulled off the makeup look below. Lol, I’m just messing. I know nothing about makeup compared to these beauty gurus out here.

Hello beautiful people. I know, I know. I have been away for the longest time. Honestly, January was so hard for me, emotionally, physically and psychologically, and I’ll explain why in a future post. But for now, let’s just get right into it, shall we?

You can already tell what I’m going to talk about today. Makeup. So, let’s start by dispelling 2 misconceptions.

  1. Make up comes out like soap. “Date ya kwanza peleka dame swimming”, I’ve heard this statement from Kenyan men so many times when they are talking about women who wear makeup, you probably have as well, and honestly, it has never made sense to me. The logic behind this is apparently so that the makeup comes out in the swimming pool and you can see the lady’s ‘real’ face. Thinking about the effort it takes to remove my makeup in the evenings, I actually wish it was as simple as that.
  2. Girls who wear makeup do it to impress men. Hunnnnyyyy.. You are so mistaken if you think women own expensive makeup products that have names like Mac NC15 (which could probably be confused for names of bombs and guns), to impress men who don’t even understand the difference between warm and cool undertones.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I think about makeup and its relation (or lack of) with beauty.

• You are beautiful with or without makeup.
We live in a society where everyone always has something to say. If a lady wears makeup, she’s too much, she should wear less. If a lady doesn’t wear makeup, she’s basic and doesn’t take care of herself enough. Opinions, opinions, opinions. We all have them. I mean, you’re here reading some of mine.

Just like clothes, makeup isn’t who you are, it the surface of what’s underneath you. Every woman is beautiful in her own way, and one woman’s beauty is a reflection of who she is on the inside. Such a cliché, but beauty is really skin deep, it’s more than what you see on the outside.

Basically, makeup doesn’t make you beautiful, you already are!

Makeup doesn’t mask the insecurities.
Someone once told me, ‘makeup companies make their money by prying on women’s insecurities.’ That stuck with me. It made me even evaluate my reasons for wearing makeup. I might not be the best person to talk about this, because I really don’t have skin issues like eczema, so I may not fully understand your kind of insecurity when it comes to this aspect, but I have had insecurities when it comes to other areas so I’ll borrow a leaf from that. The thing with insecurities is, you see something in someone else that you don’t have and mentally turn it into an insecurity. Now the problem is, insecurities are seen in how you talk and behave, not so much in how you look. So there’s no amount of makeup that will hide your insecurities. Work on accepting the scars on your face instead of trying to hide from them. Makeup should never be and can never be a mask.

Makeup enhances natural beauty, is used as an expression, and is an art.

Find me in my 9am classes, most days I will be grumpy, with puffy eyes, messy eyebrows and arimis on my lips, mostly cause I’m such a lazy human being, and I’d rather snooze my alarm 400 times than wake up early to do my makeup. However, find me going to an event, a photoshoot, or on a day I’m feeling extra, I might have some makeup on.

Makeup shouldn’t be something that you depend on, it shouldn’t define who you are. It should bring out your beauty, make your beautiful eyes pop a bit more, make your cheekbones more pronounced, bring out your beautiful smile etc. Makeup shouldn’t change how you look, just enhance it.

There’s a reason makeup artists are called ‘artists’. What they do needs a lot of creativity. They use makeup to pull off different artistic expressions and moods. For example, the makeup looks in these photos are inspired by February (Black history month) and portray exactly that, artistic expression.

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Yes. This is the flag of Ivory Coast on my lips.

If you to want to beat your face, like a beat box, do it girl! It’s your face.

Love it, hate it. Girl, it’s all up to you. All you need to remember is that makeup does not define your beauty. It doesn’t even make you beautiful, because you already are. When you understand that, then girl, beat your face as much as you want. If you love yourself just as you are, makeup simply becomes a confidence boost and an expression rather than a mask, and you won’t have to rely on it everyday.

Makeup is art, beauty is spirit.

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What do you think about makeup and its relation to beauty? Please, do share your opinions in the comments below.

I’m very grateful to @urbanvisuals_ for this beautiful photography and @makeupbygina_254 for this makeup look.

You can check out the behind the scenes of this shoot by clicking here.

Thank you for reading. That’s it for today. Till next time.

Remember to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. xx

Glow and Grow. xx


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