How you apply your make-up is just as important as what you apply. If you’re treating yourself and your skin harshly, it’s going to show.
Make up with mindfulness instead. No more rushing through your skin care routine. This exercise from The Secrets of Mindful Beauty provides an easy way to practice mindfulness in everyday life, teaching you how to focus on your face in the way you deserve.
Mindfulness is a self-awareness skill that focuses on sensation, experiencing the present moment, and accepting things in a non-judgemental way. Applying makeup mindfully is one instance where this skill can be practiced. Applying and removing makeup is one area in our lives that often becomes automatic. As such, it is possible to miss the signs that we might be applying makeup incorrectly, or damaging our skin as we remove it. Using mindfulness is a great was to bring focus back to the present, and perhaps re-examine how we actually go about these automatic routines.
Applying Makeup Mindfully Exercise:
- Start in front of your bathroom mirror or dressing table, with all your makeup at hand. Try to keep distractions to a minimum (no music or TV in the background).
- Start your makeup routine, paying attention to each step you take. For example, your first step may be to apply moisturiser. Think about how the moisturiser feels on your skin when it is applied, and how it smells. Look at your reflection as you apply it, focusing on how you are applying it to your skin- are you rubbing it in harshly, or are you patting it on smoothly? Look at the facial expressions you make, are you frowning, crinkling up your eyes?
- Complete this exercise for each makeup step: applying foundation, mascara, lipstick and so on, focusing on the sensations you experience during your routine, what you see, smell and feel.
- This exercise can also be used when removing makeup. Placing attention on how we remove our makeup, and how are skin feels when we do, can also help us identify any rough treatment our skin might be receiving. Is your skin smarting or stinging after you have washed it? Is the delicate skin around your eyes burning slightly? Perhaps you are removing your foundation too harshly, or perhaps the toner you are using is too abrasive.
Make up with mindfulness and let the mirror reflect a happier, more beautiful you.
Some different approaches you can use -
Look One: Fresh and Natural
The natural world is an important source for mindfulness.
Look Two: Pre-Raphaelite Beauty
|Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lady Lilith, circa 1872.|
This image by Dante Gabriel Rossetti is of a woman intently attending to her beauty care.
Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold.
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