my new year’s resolution

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Last week, I gave you a homework assignment. Here it is, in case you missed it. I wanted us all to take a moment to step back from the negatives, which are so tempting to dwell on, and look at the positives in the past year. Now that it’s officially 2017, it’s time to look forward, at our goals, ambitions, and dreams. It all sounds silly, but, really, ya gotta start somewhere.

Though there are many areas in which I would like to improve my life, I decided my New Year’s “resolution” (more like aspiration) would be to get better at makeup. It sounds like a joke, or like a shallow wish that I likely won’t actually work at. But, there’s something at the root of my resolution that everyone should think about: self love. I want to learn how to play up my best features, can you blame me?

In our culture, makeup has a tangled meaning. Depending on who you ask, it’s for a variety of reasons. Some say it’s to cover imperfections, others say it’s to enhance natural beauty, and some simply think it’s to snag a guy. The mistake is assuming that everyone wears makeup for the same reasons, or that everyone has to wear makeup, period (or, as is the case with men, that theyย shouldn’t). In any case, in my life, makeup has taken the back burner most of the time. For most of this year, I haven’t worn any, saving it for nights out or special occasions. I struggle enough to wake up on time, as it is, without worrying about making my brows even or curling my lashes. In the spirit of the new year, I’m looking to make that change. It’s about more than learning my way around an eyeshadow brush. It’s about feeling put together, self-assured, and confident. Plus, it looks like fun.

Again, it may seem shallow. But, if you think that way, chances are you don’t truly understand what makeup is for. Luckily, that doesn’t affect my personal decision to wear it.ย I’m going to learn to contour before 2018, just you wait.

mary

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