Does Makeup Make you Feel Phony or Confident?

Many women don’t like how makeup feels on their face and the sensation makes them self-conscious. It doesn’t mater how beautiful you look; if you feel self-conscious, your beauty will be hindered. I’m not going to tell you to get over it and wear it anyway but if wearing makeup is something you wish you did enjoy, then there are ways that you can overcome the discomfort of what is commonly known as “face paint.”
makeup brushesFirst, be sure your face is clean and conditioned before application. A freshly cleansed and moisturized face is the only canvas any makeup should be applied to. Even if you showered hours before and think your face is still clean, your natural oils will break up the makeup causing it to feel heavy, and making it difficult to blend.

Secondly, use quality skin care and a foundation of the right weight for your skin type. Using products made for oily skin when yours is dry, or visa versa, can cause your makeup to streak and make its presence on your face very obvious to you and to others. A good makeover starts with good products that go on smoothly and even out your skin’s porosity.

Lastly, use quality tools that are cared for. I don’t care how good an artist is, if her paintbrushes aren’t appropriate for the job her work will be compromised. Also, if she doesn’t clean them out regularly they will begin to fail her quickly. Invest in good makeup brushes, keep them clean and store them standing up so they don’t get disheveled. Another important tool to invest in is makeup sponges. For very little money you can purchase a bag of these handy devises that will make a huge difference in how foundation feels on your face. Instead of using your oily fingers, use these to create a smooth and silky skin tone that you won’t even remember you are wearing once you are done applying it.
Try these “tricks of the trade” and let me know if it changes how you feel wearing makeup. One of the most important keys to having confident beauty is in doing what it takes to take care of yourself and then forgetting about yourself and focusing on others. I’d love to know that these simply habits helped you do just that.


Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at


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