There is really 2 sides of this. First, makeup and getting pretty for myself and the second being getting others pretty.
I'll start with me...because I'm selfish like that. If you know me well you might know that I'm pretty laid back and very low maintenance. I'm not a over-the-top-glam-gal. I keep life and myself pretty simple and easy. And that's how I tend to approach my beauty regimen too. When I have nowhere to go and know I'll be house bound, I still put on a little makeup though (like CC cream and mascara) and here is why....when I feel just a little put together and pretty I live up to my potential better. I know for a lot of people this has no impact on them what so ever, and that's fine. But for me, it helps. I feel like I just "got it together" that much more. And I'm taking that extra step for MYSELF. Try it for a day and see if it helps. Also, I like pretty things. I like makeup and I enjoy embracing my femininity. And even though it seems useless, it helps set my day up a little better and gets me motivated. Yeah, there are days when makeup doesn't happen, and yes, I'm perfectly comfortable without it (have you seen me at the gym?) but its kind of the icing on the cake for me.
Here is the best part. Doing makeup for others. I went back and forth as to what I wanted to do for school and I always felt strongly to go to beauty school. I thought about doing hair but I had a real strong drive for makeup and skincare strictly. I struggled for a while wondering if I was getting into a "vain market". I got nervous that people might assume I was self-adsorbed, snobby and over the top. But then I realized something, I'm a health conscious person, and taking care of your skin and OUTSIDE is just as important and what you do for the INSIDE of your body. That really resonated with me. And still does. I firmly believe that! Your skin is the biggest organ of your body and a protector of all the outside crud we encounter. So its not just about looking good, having flawless skin and wearing makeup; its another step in taking care of yourself. So with that in the for-front of my mind. I went for it and have never regretted it.
The biggest pay-off of helping people with their skin and makeup is how it helps them with their confidence. I've helped teens with acne finally see the light of how beautiful they really are even with pimples. I've helped older woman look past the age and see the beautiful color in their eyes they never noticed before or helped someone see that just the most basic application of makeup can make you feel like a rock-star goddess on the red carpet. And THAT! THAT!!!! is why I do this. I love to see the smiles (sometimes shocked smiles) of woman who get their makeup done and say, "Wow. I never thought I could look like this." And they feel beautiful, pretty and unstoppable. That's why I do it. I love that. It's priceless. And then I TEACH and help them take it home to do it over and over and over again. And feel beautiful everyday. Its the best. The best ever.
So how do I really feel about makeup? Honestly, I could give a crap about it but for me and what I do with my job and my dreams it is the vehicle to building confidence and self-motivation so in that light...I love it.
Thanks for sticking it out with me. And get yourself pretty my lovely ladies! ;)