In this day and age, many consider makeup in media to have only one side. The makeup industry has been known to create products that are meant to hide blemishes, acne, and even beauty marks to put forward an image of beauty that does not encompass these “imperfections.” This has degraded the idea of the existence of a person’s “exterior beauty,” the belief in looking beautiful on the surface. However, between the younger generations and social media, a new cosmetic culture has developed. It is accepting of all backgrounds and identities and is particularly welcoming both to experts and beginners alike. With my makeup license, I have the ability to “paint” on someone’s face, which I consider a canvas, to further enhance their inner and outer beauty. The array of colors is endless with makeup, and one can create any look that their heart desires! I believe self-expression is pertinent to society because it is about being your truest self to the fullest and not allowing society to dictate what is acceptable or not. Over the summer, I was able to set up a photography studio in student commons, and for two weeks in a row NCS students and alumni had their makeup, hair, and portrait done. I later conducted interviews with many of them concerning how they express themselves on a daily basis. Many of them said that they can express themselves through their hairstyle, clothes, makeup, or even how they speak. I found it captivating that everybody I interviewed believed that our society is becoming more accepting because of a more in-depth focus on “fashion and aesthetics.” As an arts fellow, I will showcase the beauty and essence of different types of people in a photojournalistic art installation to ultimately represent that all people are beautiful regardless of whether they fit into the “conventional” beauty standard that is slowly crumbling.
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