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The Connection Between Makeup and Mental Health

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I can tell you from years of professional experience that these images are NOT true and the more we take time to focus on the beauty in ourselves the better we will start to feel.”

Angela Huntley, the author of “Call It What It Is ... Truth at the Core of Eating Disorders,” and a writer for a women’s Christian online magazine called “Destiny in Bloom,” said in an email that she suffered from an eating disorder for 28 years. She has devoted the rest of her life to helping those who suffered just like she did, and recognizes a definite connection between mental health and makeup.

“I believe make-up was, for me, and is for many, a way of hiding who we are,” Huntley said. “It serves as a mask: a false way of representing. It can actually give women a sense of becoming someone different and that can become a crutch when you don't like who you are. It gives the message that who you are naturally just isn't good enough. You must be tweaked, covered up, somehow adjusted or added to, to fit our world's definition of beautiful, or at the very worst: acceptable.”

She thinks it could be a relief for many women to go a day without makeup.

“A day without make-up is a step in the right direction for women to face the truth about their looks,” Huntley said. “The fact is, we really don't look that different without make-up, yet we live under the deception that we are. When I don't wear make-up, I'm refreshed and surprised to see how many people don't even notice. You are you, with or without a painted face.”

She added that it’s telling of issues of our society that women fear going outside without makeup.

“It's heart breaking to me that we have a whole culture of women who are not comfortable with themselves,” Huntley said. “We have set a standard of telling women the key to happiness is achieving perfection, no matter the cost. As a result, we have insecure women who are so discontent with themselves, always looking for an extreme way to cover-up, hide, and change, instead of becoming empowered to be the woman God created them to be. Isn't it revealing that we even call foundation ‘cover-up.’”

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