Today I had a thought: what if there was no make up?

I remember wearing my first lipstick at a very young age, more precisely at 5. It was a dream come true to be able to play with my mom’s favourite lipstick. A gorgeous red from Helena Rubinstein. If I close my eyes I can still imagine myself wearing it. No wonder I am simply addicted to reds.

Since then, my romance with make-up have grown exponentially intense. I have to confess that during my teenage years not only we didn’t have all the options we have today but make up was not that popular for teens. Let alone affordable.

At 19 I was introduced to an eye liner. I remember so vividly staring at myself in the mirror and being without words. I was mesmerised with my beauty. Since then, it has never left my make up bag and I have used it literally every single day of my life. It was love at first sight. It has become a part of who I am. My feminine imprint.  I feel naked without it. As I feel naked without my rings … if you gals know what I mean.

It’s amazing how the beauty industry has changed so much since then … Teenagers and women of all ages, types and forms feel much more confident and are empowered wearing their make-up. And it’s affordable. Most of them at least.

Once I was at home, had just arrived from a full day at work, and my daughter showed me Nikki Tutorials and “THE POWER OF MAKE UP” video. I have always been a tough teenager and grew up to be a very tough woman. But I don’t expect everyone to be like me. They should not. Not even my daughter. I never needed makeup to assure myself or to feel confident. But there are millions of women that are being bullied and that do. There are millions of women that changed their lives because of make up. I wish that someday NikkiTutorials is able to understand how many women all over the world she has helped, she has deeply touched, my daughter included.

I think women should be told from an early age to look at themselves in the mirror and understand that beauty must come from inside, they should learn to love themselves unconditionally, that no one has the right to put you down because you are too fat, too skinny, have a big nose or simply because you are “different”. Women should be treated with the utmost respect no matter what. Everyone is so beautiful in their own special way.  And most importantly, they should learn that If you don’t really love yourself, nobody will.

I couldn’t help but wonder: why are we constantly trying to hide ourselves behind that flawless makeup? Are we really afraid of being judged or to admit our own insecurities?

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