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The Connection Between Makeup and Mental Health

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3) “Remove the focus off of physical appearance, allowing one to more fully reflect on their thoughts, feelings and words of self acceptance.”

Michelle Phillips, a celebrity makeup artist, life coach and author of “The Beauty Blueprint: 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams,” said in an email that she believes makeup can be a positive experience for women.

“I feel that putting on a little bit of makeup can immediately make people feel better about themselves when they look in the mirror,” Phillips said.

“It doesn't have to be much however, a bit of lip gloss and a tinted moisturizer can provide a healthy glow and boost of self-confidence that resonates with both the wearer and those she comes in contact with. Anything that boosts self-esteem or self-confidence can have a radiating effect throughout every aspect of your life. If you feel better about how you look through makeup it may make you less critical of yourself in other areas such as body image.”

However, she does support a day without makeup.

“A day without makeup could give many women the opportunity to be free of the ‘enhancements’ they hide behind and build real self-esteem,” Phillips said. “It could provide an opportunity for ourselves, and those around us, to appreciate what makes us uniquely beautiful. We should use this ‘makeup free’ time ... [to] focus on who we are inside. We may even come out of the experience with a new makeup strategy that is more in alignment with who we are, using makeup to enhance our beautiful attributes and as less of a cover up.”

She said it can be a problem if women feel unhappy when they don’t wear makeup, and at that point they should take the time to go over their best inner and outer qualities, in order to avoid just focusing on physical characteristics.

“I feel there is a strong connection between mental health and body/self-esteem issues and much of it stems from the images we are bombarded with in the media,” Phillips said. “Thanks to perfect lighting, stylists, and computer enhancements, women are given unobtainable images to live up to.

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