6 Reasons I like to wear makeup:

1. I am an artist and my face is my canvas

I like to think of myself as an artist (don’t all of us bloggers?). I also like to exaggerate (don’t all of us bloggers?). So, naturally, I also like to think of my makeup ritual as a work of art.

It’s kind of like painting. Ish. If you regularly put on makeup, you would know what I mean.

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2. It gives me times to appreciate myself

My makeup routine is a nice ten to twenty minute process where I get to stare at myself in the mirror and use brushes and pens to highlight my features. I have bright eyes, faint freckles, and chubby cheeks. And I wouldn’t have noticed that if not for my makeup routine.

Giving myself time to stare (narcissistically) in front of the mirror is a great chance to remind myself how pretty I am. Does that sound weird?

3. I can become the standard of beauty

I wasn’t very asthetically gifted when I was younger. I was a bit pudgy (in a cute way), had braces, awful acne, and very frizzy hair. I also thought my brother was the coolest thing in the world and refused to wear anything except for his hand-me-downs.

Nope. 10 year old Grace was not exactly a looker...

Nope. 10 year old Grace was not exactly a looker…

Needless to say, I wasn’t asked to very many proms. Or dates. Or normal things that pretty girls get to do.

Somewhere during the time I’ve been dating my fiancé, I’ve blossomed into a less-awkward, more socially acceptable adult. Ish. Man that feels weird.

4. People treat me better when wear makeup and dress professionally

The biggest change I noticed from my change from “happy but rather ugly duckling” into “somewhat above average” is the fact that people treat me a lot nicer now. Like, to an extent that makes a little bit angry sometimes.

The closer you align yourself with your country’s standard of beauty, the more doors you happen to find open. You don’t have to do much. They just magically open up. People shouldn’t do that, but they do, so I take advantage of it.

You know, as long as you don't go TOO overboard

You know, as long as you don’t go TOO overboard

America is a very visual country. Japan is even more so visual. I don’t like the system (one day I’m going to figure out how to change it – which will probably mean we will all live behind computers or something weird like that) – but I play by the system.

I’m about to graduate college and go out to the “real world.” I need all the open doors I can get.

5. Makeup is a form of self-expression, just like clothes

I love fashion. It is one of my favorite forms of self-expression. Makeup is also a form of self-expression…

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Different eyeshadows for when I am going to a job interview and when I’m going on a date. Different thickness and types of eyeliner depending on whether I’m going to church or going out with the girls. So many possibilities – so many ways to express myself.

6. Makeup makes me look better in pictures

Remember when I said makeup should be used to highlight and accent your favorite parts? Well, this is especially helpful when it comes to pictures. With a little bit of experience, you can learn how to paint a face that accents all your best features in photographs.

Look at that smile :)

Look at that smile :)

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About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

4 Comments on 6 Reasons I like to wear makeup:

  1. I like your story. Will you write about:
    -How you find your clothing size in Japan. I’m 5’1,115lb,34chest,26waist 35hips
    -Your journey finding the right make up.

    • Sure! That’s a good idea (since clothing sizes are different). I will post about it soon!

      • Thank you. :) I want order from Rakuten and it gets a little confusing. Oh and beautiful wedding pics!

        • Thank you~

          Rakuten is a really helpful site.
          If you’re buying clothing right now, since you’re about the same size as me (I’m 5’6, 125lbs), I would recommend buying clothing in “Medium.” One size fits all clothing (called “Free-size”) should also fit. You would also have a better chance of fitting skirts and dresses, they come up way too short on me…

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