Tag | Inner Beauty

Although I have been predominantly posting about beauty and fashion, essentially materialistic methods of improving our outer appearance, I want to take a step back and talk about inner beauty. There is a popular tag that most beauty gurus (though I wouldn't call myself this) do entitled 'Inner Beauty' which is a chance for them to self-reflect on what is truly important.  As much as I do enjoy playing dress up and experimenting with makeup, it is important to be confident in your own skin. Like a muscle, confidence needs to be exercised daily so most definitely it's an uphill battle. Nevertheless, the journey to self-love is a beautiful and rewarding path.  

1. What's real beauty to you ? 

Real beauty is a pure heart. An individual that loves unconditionally to all, being the first to lend a helping hand, and who's presence just brings about a sense of comfort and joy to others.  I believe real beauty is never letting another person leave you feeling less happy.  Someone who truly finds a pleasure in bringing about positivity in another's life is one that is truly, undoubtedly, beautiful.  

2. What more important to you inner or outer beauty?

I think it would be sinful to answer anything other than inner beauty.  I truly believe that inner beauty is what will shine through at the end of the day.  There is one quote which has stuck with me through the years.  Granted, it is very difficult to always keep positive in the head and give well-wishes to others but if ever your mind is found wondering down the path of no good, remember what the man said himself. 

In the words of Roald Dahl, "If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

3. Are you Confident without makeup? 

I don't find myself needing to reach for makeup every day for every event.  Makeup should be used to enhance features rather than alter your appearance.  On occasion, I feel more confident without makeup than with.  This is because it sometimes gives me the illusion of hiding or masking my true look. Despite this, there are days where I find my skin is not glowing or the bags under my eyes just won't quit and I will dab on a bit of powder or mascara to make me seem more put together.  Overall, I wouldn't say I am 100% confident in my own skin when having a bare face but I am comfortable enough to not wear any products.  This is still something I need to work on.  

4. What make a person beautiful ? 

Empathy. I fail to be empathic on a lot of occasions.  Putting yourself in someone else's shoes, attempting to understand their point of view, is something that most, including myself, need to practice. More than once do I listen to respond to the individual rather than to understand their story. It's a horrible habit of mine and it stems from my defensive mannerisms. Nevertheless, it is extremely critical to be empathetic because this would eliminate a majority of the world's hatred.  For example, if you understand the consequences of committing a particular action, with empathy, you're more often than not going to prevent yourself from doing that act.  In essence, an empathetic person is a beautiful person.  They would never let you feel the hurt that they have felt themselves.

5. Do you feel different with your makeup on and off? 

Wearing makeup excites me.  As I usually go all out for particular outings, it makes me feel glamorous, more mature, and, without a doubt, prettier.  I do find that I have a more relaxed persona and I'm not my same bubbly self with a face-full of product.  Makeup causes me to channel my (or what little I have) elegant and sophisticated side.  

Without makeup, I feel youthful, playful, and bubbly.  I'm naturally a very immature and childish person beyond belief.  Most people when they meet me, without knowing my age, would assume I am in my early teens though I am actually an adult.  Thus, yes I do feel different with and without makeup.  I think each scenario emphasises on a different aspect of my personality either heightening my kiddish vibes or making me act more my age.  

6. What makes you feel beautiful? 

Unfortunately, I do see myself through the eyes of people who are very dear to me.  I hold their comments close to my heart.  Hence, if they compliment me, I cherish it.  Similarly, if they insult me, that forms a scar and it's very difficult for me to forget or look past it.

At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed, I reflect on my intentions.  If I feel that I have not intentionally done wrong to someone or gone out of my way to cause grief, that makes me feel beautiful. If I have tried to help someone, whether it be a close friend or a family member, that makes me feel beautiful.  Lastly, if I laughed so hard that day that I feel a six pack coming through, that makes me feel beautiful.  Happiness and giving happiness is the epitome to beauty in my eyes.

I had written a blogpost called 'Defining beauty' which may vibrate and remind you about the importance of pure intentions and a good heart.  

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