The Beauty Of Acceptance
Welcome to our beauty issue. I’ve been thinking a lot about beauty standards lately and Jessica DeFino’s quote “beauty standards stem from the oppressive forces of patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism” in her article below has really hit home. Without realising it, we learn and adopt certain standards that are fed by society and don’t feel good enough if we don’t meet them (and yes, there is a certain expectation of what you should look like as a pop star). DeFino’s piece is a reminder to question our relationship with beauty. Why do we do what we do? Is it being defined by society or driven by our authentic self? I love experimenting with hair and makeup (some of my best hacks are below), but I do this not because the world tells me to. I do it because it allows me to express myself in a way words (or lyrics) can’t. There’s power in this. The power of the individual. The power to authentically celebrate who you are. Ultimately, that’s real beauty.
- To freshen up your compact powder, cover it in tape and peel it off to remove all the build-up and oil.
- For the perfect winged eye, apply face tape diagonally along the outer corners of your eye and use it as a guide.
- Pinch your mascara brush with tweezers, then clamp tiny groups of your lower lashes with the tweezers for spidery eyes.
- Change the colour of your lipstick by adding a hint of concealer.
- To achieve your sleekest hair look, use a toothbrush to tame flyaways.