Whether it’s the curl of a lash or the brush of a highlight, use that time in the mirror under your good lighting to quiet your mind. Give yourself a moment to breath as you focus on the wing liner and calm yourself in order to take on the day ahead. We are often made to feel like makeup is a necessity or the result of insecurity, but the older I’ve gotten the more I find applying my makeup in the mornings a sort of meditation. An artistic therapy that allows me to change what I want for the day and wipe it all off, starting over again tomorrow.
Whether you sit cross-legged on the floor, in a plush vanity chair, or stand in front of a mirror, leaning over ever-so-carefully, that is your space to transform yourself into who you want to be for the next few hours. A strong brow, a bold lip, a matte complexion—all reflect an identity that may or may not change the way you approach life or see yourself as you catch a glimpse in a shop window on your way to work. It’s not about covering up or hiding, but rather about discovering your potential and harnessing the skills to reach it.
Take a step back once you’ve made the final touches and admire what you’ve created. It will be different every day, but will always show a piece of who you are, no matter how intricate or simple. This is your form of self-expression and just as valid as any other. That last swipe of lipstick or sprits of perfume like the seal on an exquisite painting in the hopes that its beauty will be preserved for as long as necessary.