I had a severely abused woman, still with bruises on her body, from her last beating a week ago, tell me that her makeup made her feel better. She thanked me for what I do. It made her feel beautiful, and human again. Some of it was Younique makeup that she had on, some wasn’t.
The point is, in her mind, even though life had beat her down, along with an abusive spouse, she had something that made her feel better. That made her feel worth something again.
I’m not telling you that you have to wear makeup to feel better about yourself. I’m not telling you that you have to wear makeup to be beautiful. I’m simply saying, that no matter what happens to you, find your beauty. Hold it tight. Embrace it. Don’t let others take it from you.
As someone who was severely abused by an ex-husband, I got what she was telling me. That even though she was talking about makeup, what she was really saying was, that I in some small way had made her feel empowered. Had let her find a small piece of herself. A small enough piece, that grew.
And as I looked at her again today, with some of the bruises fading, while the newest ones grew darker, I knew she was going to make it. As I watched her apply a defiant lipstick, a fantastic mascara, and some vibrant eye shadow, I knew that something inside her was healing.
She told me she once again felt like herself, and the ability to be able to wear makeup again, had helped lead to that. I won’t lie, I cried. I cried because I had been there. I cried because something so small to most of us, was a huge thing to her.
There’s more to the story, but it’s her story to tell, not mine. My story was told long ago, and almost twenty years later, I can say that a defiant red lipstick, or a fantastic mascara, brings out that woman who was brave enough to walk away all those years ago.
So, be YOUR kind of beautiful. If putting something on the outside makes you stronger inside – DO IT.
Yes, I know, this is not my normal kind of post, but this woman made a big impact on me. I can’t stop thinking of the small smile that turned bigger, as she applied that mascara in front of me. I’ll be honest, and say that the smile was her payment for the 3D mascara.