A wise man once said “never loose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting”. Beauty can be said to be a description and also an entity which is admired. The characterization ‘beautiful’ often depends whether on an individual or societal consensus. The decision before categorizing a person as beautiful often includes other factors, both physical and abstract.. This gives life to the saying “beauty is not all about having a pretty face but also a pretty mind, heart and beautiful soul”. This simply implies beauty is the illumination of the soul. It sometimes is not just the looks but in who we are.

The experience of beauty often times involves balance and harmony of nature. The standards of beauty has changed overtime. Beauty standards are rooted n cultural norms crafted by society and the media. Men are also not excluded in the concept of beauty as the society has varying Eurocentric standards for men such as tallness, muscularity, and the likes.

Beauty is not two-faced. Beauty comes from the mind, flows through the veins of attitude and illuminates in class.  It is character, intelligence, strength and style. It is how you feel on the inside and it reflects in the eyes. It is not just the smile on the face but also the light in the heart. Just as butterflies cannot see their wings (they cannot see how truly beautiful they are) but everyone can, so is inner beauty. The physical beauty attracts but inner beauty captivates.

Women have been in the business of looking good since birth. Cosmetics has been in use for thousands of years but in the 20th Century, it gained worldwide recognition and acceptance. The cosmetic world is transient and changes with time. It is safe to say the cosmetic industry has become a multi-billionaire enterprise..

Although, modern makeup is traditionally accepted for the female folks, an increasing number of men have started using them. Most makeup artists in our contemporary world, beauty product investors, bloggers, makeup brand owners, dermatologists and even local skincare experts are men. The increase in male beauty awareness is a major factor driving the growth of the global market.

The beauty industry was never far behind, fueling the frenzy by launching product after product to cater for the ever evolving quest for perfection. However, with time the world is beginning to under the need for naturalists and maintaining a glowing skin. Yes, makeup illuminates but confidence breeds beauty; beauty is been comfortable in your own skin. Makeup is the art, beauty is the spirit.

To help nail both looks (makeup & bare face) confidence is a key factor. Confidence however begins with inner peace which influences the physical natural beauty of a being.

I will be listing some basic tips that will help achieve and maintain a natural glow (for both men and women) to boost self-confidence, hence when a woman applies makeup, she becomes more confident in her own skin.

1. Know your skin type (Dry skin, Oily skin, Combination skin, Normal skin and Sensitive skin);

2. Follow a regular CTM (Cleanse, Toning and Moisturizing) Routine.

  • Wash your face regularly or clean with a prescribed cleanser for your skin type: helps remove dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris.
  • Get a good toner: this helps close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing. It reduces the penetration of environmental impurities into your skin.
  • Moisturize your face regularly with a good moisturizer prescribed for you skin;

3. Exfoliate regularly:

You can do this by getting a good scrub for your skin type, make small circular motions using your finger to apply the scrub and if you use a brush, make short light strokes.

You can also get a good facial mask for your skin type.

This helps remove the outer layer of dead cells. It is advisable to exfoliate twice a week;

4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:

Improves skin elasticity, flush out toxins, reduce wrinkles and help the cells function at their best.

5. Eat antioxidant rich-foods:

Helps protect your cells against free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces s a reaction to environment and other pressures. Antioxidants foods include protein, vegetables, fruits and tea;

6. Get enough sleep;

7. Exercise;

8. Apply Sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out so as to protect your skin from UV rays;

9. Change pillow cases at-least once a week;

10. Wash or wrap your hair before going to bed;

11. Always wear a smile; and

12. Be confident.

Also for Makeup quick skin-fix for a glowing skin:

  • Know your skin type and color;
  • Invest in liquid and good foundations;
  • Always high-light;
  • Make use of a bronzer;
  • Try to make us of an illuminating primer; and
  • Always wash your makeup brushes.

Also, remember to visit your Dermatologist when necessary.

However, never forget that beauty can mean different things to various persons but the element of it been  noticed and felt is in every definition. Our task is to free ourselves and be ourselves. Always wear your confidence as well as your smile. Dare to be different, accept your flaws and embrace you, stand for what you believe in, see the good in others, and be spontaneous.

Always remember,

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself;

Beauty gets the attention but personality gets the heart;

The happier you are, the more beautiful you become; and

Be your own kind of beautiful.

Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.

Content Writer: Agada Sokolayam Esq.