Radiance Versus Beauty = Confidence
“The most beautiful make up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy”
Yves Saint Laurent
In a perfect world we would not need make up as people would be able to see our true beauty shining out, however our lives are so hectic we lose our spark, our radiance and look to re install it by artificial means……. What this does is to stimulate how we perceive ourselves, ie more attractive which allows us to begin to radiate our true inner selves.
Have you ever seen a beautiful looking girl on the outside on a TV reality show only to be completely turned off from any beauty by how they behave? Their true radiance is masked by their behaviour.
As an Image Consultant, I see great changes in women who sometimes didn’t even wear make up before I worked with them, they finally see themselves as beautiful in the mirror and this has a profound affect on them on other levels. It is sometimes the first step to self acceptance a woman has had for herself for years, perhaps since teenage years, having children, getting divorced if ever, depending on how early the beauty myth shattered her confidence.
When I work with clients in their home, I ask them not to wear make up, I can see a transition in them as we go through the transformation process, I see them better understand their bodies as they learn to embrace what they see, all my work is done reflecting it to a client through a mirror so they can truly see what is going on, learn and understand. I begin to see their inner radiance as we explore colours that best reflect their skin tone and in turn their sparkle. I show them quick steps to applying make up that will take them 5 minuntes, with colours that truly suit them and bring out their inner glow. At the end of our time together they are positively beaming, as they learn that they are a beautiful individual in their own right, AND we haven’t even bought new clothes yet but they have learnt to appreciate what is there in themselves.
My view is if it takes a dash of make up and some personal styling to help a woman feel fully empowered to be her best, then that is the confidence boost she needs, it is OK for her to give herself the permission to do so. She does not have to reach impossibly high standards of social standing beauty, which doesn’t really exist any way, (photo shop). Just as a man puts on war paint, uniform, camouflage and a gun to wage a war, a woman can take the feminine approach by truly looking, feeling and being her best by representing what she is about in her make up and clothing.
With beauty, style, grace and compassion