A few weeks ago, I asked Diane Read, founder of Modern Minerals why she chose makeup when she started her business. Her answer was - because makeup made a woman feel good.
Her response reminded me of what they say about bad days – there’s always lipstick. A mantra I absolutely adore.
Apparently I didn’t communicate my excitement about her view well enough and somewhat hesitantly she said “Well, I guess you could say it’s a shallow approach…”
I clarified that I loved her take on makeup and shortly thereafter we moved on to the next subject.
Since then I couldn’t stop thinking about makeup and wondering when using makeup is "shallow" and when it is an empowering experience.
In it the speaker Michelle Miller said something which grabbed my attention – masculinity is about the result, femininity is about the experience.
Although she literally answered my question about makeup in her talk, it wasn’t an instant A-ha moment. It took me a few days of musing on how exactly doing something for the experience is different from doing it for the result.
But then I got it.
I don’t like coffee but I love English Breakfast tea. Because of the caffeine, I allow myself a cup of it a day, before noon. Just one.
There are days when I’m so absorbed with what I'm doing that I completely forget about the cup lying on my desk and when I reach for it, the tea is already cold. In the past I used to mindlessly drink it, although the pleasure was none.
I’ve had my cup of English Breakfast tea. Result achieved.
Recently however when I reach for my cup and my tea is cooler than the temperature I enjoy it, I throw it away and make myself a new brew. And then I enjoy every single sip of it.
Savoring the experience. Femininity, baby, femininity.
When I’m getting ready for an appointment – I put my clothes on, do my makeup and hair. I look in the mirror to check the end result. I look great but I could use a little bit of lipstick. Yes, better. Off I go.
A perfect example of completing a to-do list and riding the wave of my masculine energy.
Then there are also days when while getting ready for an appointment, I play music and sing along. I feel great, I look forward to that meeting but I’m a bit nervous about it too. I look into my eyes and I remind myself that I’ve got this. I talk to myself, out loud. And while looking in the mirror I notice my smile. Hmm I have a beautiful smile. Now that’s worth a lipstick. Perfect! Ready to rock that meeting.
Pure class femininity.
Result vs experience.
Makeup as vanity vs makeup as an empowering experience.
This year has almost come to an end. Many people are busy with New Year’s resolutions. Others are reviewing the past year. Some are busy with both. Here's something which I believe most of us forget.