How often do we hear women talk of putting on their face when they are actually referring to the application of make-up? With women in magazines, on television and in the film industry all showing only blemish-free, fully painted, and often photo-edited faces, it is no wonder that women (and even young girls) consider their natural faces less than acceptable for public display.
Hats off to the marketing force behind the idea of make-up being not only normalised, but socially acceptable. They certainly had their work cut out for them, since women who wore make-up were considered to be morally questionable before the 1920s – somehow these advertising men (I’m fairly confident that no woman would have been involved in making the ritual of daily face-painting almost mandatory!) managed to rewrite the definition of painted lady from promiscuous to glamorous.
As American writer, Cynthia Heimel, put it: “Wearing make-up is asking for approval. Wearing make-up is an apology for our actual faces. Wearing make-up makes it seem as if a woman has something to hide. Wearing make-up makes a woman look older than she actually is.”
Perhaps if we didn’t have the option of creating the illusion of perfect radiant skin, complete with bagless eyes, rosy cheeks, and a perfect pout we might in fact be more inclined to put more energy into our wellbeing. Nothing creates a radiant complexion like a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of pure water, exercising regularly, getting quality sleep (parents of young children are expected to look somewhat sleep-deprived!), and taking time out to soothe your soul – be it through meditation, a walk in the park, or curling up on the couch with a good book.
The true superwoman is one who resists the urge to be everything to everybody and to put herself at the top of her personal priority list. When your physical and mental health comes first, your inner glow will be rekindled!