A Letter From the “Editor”: About Mental Makeup, How It Works, & Why
Mental Makeup is a site dedicated to helping you to be your best- from the inside out. A disillusioned, deactivated makeup artist with a graduate degree who once marketed myself with the tag line “Inner beauty is for amateurs”, I grew tired of reading beauty blogs comparing one pale shade of pink lipstick to another. Where was the celebration of individual beauty? The celebration of diversity? The celebration of the most beautiful gift we are given- life? More importantly, where was the knowledge and light?
When people questioned my motives for working as a makeup artist although I’d attained a graduate degree, I’d rebuttal with a remark about how being in the beauty industry requires intelligence- “Look at all the chemistry that goes into creating products! But I’m using geometry to create a more symmetrical face because psychological studies have shown us that people rated as more attractive are people whose features are the most symmetrical! Look at how I’m using the way light bounces off the face to create a more youthful appearance!”
Indeed, I do want to work with light and science and show people how to apply them to their every day lives to attain happiness and beauty. But I forgot about something- makeup can’t mask an ugly heart. Like Pablo Picasso said, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”
The United States is experiencing a so-called economic recession; yet the beauty industry hasn’t declined. Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures have actually increased in popularity for men and women both. Those seeking surgery are younger and younger.
Low self esteem, unhappiness, insecurity, fear and poor interpersonal relationships is making big business billions.
I really sought work in another field because secretly, somewhere along the line, I didn’t really feel like I could make a difference. I was wrong.
I know I can make a difference. So can you. Just being here, reading this is a start.
A former material girl who thought the world was indeed a material world, until I realized Madonna had gotten it all wrong. Love affairs with Christian (Louboutin), Jimmy (Choo), and Louie (Vuitton)….that wasn’t real love.
The closest thing to real, unconditional love we will ever experience will never be any greater than the way we are loving ourselves and each other. If we aren’t loving ourselves and each other, we will continue living as victims of low self esteem, unhappiness, insecurity, fear, and poor interpersonal relationships. We will continue to further the agendas of others instead of our own.
And while we continue to be unhappy, insecure, and fearful, we will hold on to beliefs that serve these feelings. We will accept less than we are worth from our partners, we will accept lower paying jobs than we deserve, and we will accept “the way things are” and the status quo.
We have to tell the world who we are, or the world will tell us who we are and where we belong.
Right now, “the world” is telling this generation that they want to grow up to be hip hop artists and video models and reality TV stars. It’s telling us that most of this generation is more likely to see the inside of a prison than the inside of a college classroom. It’s telling us that ignorance is entertainment. It’s telling us that violent beatings or sex tapes on YouTube is how you gain fame, notoriety, and a lucrative career. It’s telling us that based on statistics, we aren’t likely to have a happy successful marriage. It’s telling us that you’re more likely to be violently victimized by someone who “loves” you than a stranger on the street. It’s telling us that if you’re elderly right now, you may have to choose between eating and getting your prescriptions.
I’m ready to tell the world something different.
That’s what Mental Makeup is about- learning to change your mental, your world, and thus the world around you. If you know anything about the “Law of Attraction”, you know that it is a “phenomenon” based on the power of your thoughts; that when you think about something, you attract it.
Think about your body. Cells make up tissues. Tissues make up organs. Organs make up organ systems. All of these things together- cells, tissues, organs & organ systems- work together to make up your glorious human body. Think of the world the same way.
You are a cell, part of the planet. Your functioning is vital. The better you’re functioning, the better the cells around you will be functioning. Just by working on your “cell”, you are contributing to a change in the collective conscious of humanity.
And so I welcome you to make up your mind, to change your mental makeup.