Discovering An All Natural Makeup Look
As women, there’s nothing more important than supporting one another, and in our opinion, there’s no better way to do this than by encouraging each other to boldly embrace our own natural beauty. We sat down with lifelong makeup lover Bella who was gracious enough to share how she discovered the best, most confident version of herself by saying yes to natural makeup with Per-fékt.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a makeup lover. One of my first memories is sitting on my mother’s vanity in the bathroom of my childhood home, watching her apply a cherry red lipstick. I was absolutely fascinated, and intrigued - I thought it was the most glamorous thing I’d ever seen.
At Christmas when I was 10 years old, I received my first “kids” makeup set as a stocking stuffer, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I used to take the little sponge and dip it in the sticky, sparkly, goo and smeer it across my lips. I remember feeling so grown up and glamorous. And even though I must have looked like I had just eaten glitter spaghetti with the gloss smudged all over my mouth, no one could tell me different. I felt like a gorgeous superstar.
Ever since I hit pan on that little sparkle covered pallet, I, and everyone in my family knew I would be a lifelong makeup lover.
By the time I was 13, I had graduated to “real” makeup. My mother, who has always been a natural beauty inspiration to me, started me off with a brown colored mascara, and nude lipstick. She taught me how to apply them - little tricks like holding the mascara wand horizontally, zig zagging back and forth from root to tip. I instantly fell in love with the idea of creating art on your face - being art yourself.
I used to spend hours on the internet looking up makeup and beauty inspo then attempting to recreate the looks. I would save up all my allowance, take the #59 bus to the mall and go to Sephora to buy any makeup I could afford. The excitement I would feel on the way home was uncontainable. The full 30 minute bus ride home I would spend reading every detail on the package, and even taking peeks into the packaging. This was my absolute favorite way to spend my Saturday, and I would look forward to it all week.
By high school, I became widely known as the makeup and beauty guru. All my friends would come to me for tips, tricks, recommendations, and even applications. I loved makeup. I loved going all out - primer, foundation, concealer, baking, lip liner, lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, brows, everything. There wasn’t a day I wouldn’t wear makeup.
When I graduated highschool and began university, my lifestyle changed. Like most of my peers, my priorities shifted. Perfectly straightened hair was replaced by messy buns, dresses and heels were replaced by leggings and sneakers, and a full face of glam was replaced with some under-eye concealer and maybe a little mascara. Most of my peers saw this as a bad thing. I would constantly hear “Ugh, I look terrible, I’m not wearing any makeup!” I, however, looked at myself for the first time and saw me. The Really ME - in all my natural beauty. This is something that my mother, a natural beauty and makeup lover herself would always tell me growing up: I was beautiful, exactly how I was - naturally, with makeup and without.
This time in my life, I learned to completely embrace my natural beauty. I would go days without a stitch of makeup, which if you had asked any one of my highschool friends, would be floored at the idea. As I stepped into the professional world, I began to be able to wear makeup again. However, the thought of spending 45 minutes caking 4 layers of product on my face - covering up - had no appeal anymore. Yes, I wanted to present my best self, but I wanted to let my natural self shine through more so. For me, discovering a flawless, natural look with Per-fékt Beauty was quite a profound, changing experience. Their products actually helped my skin and enhanced every aspect of my natural beauty, without covering me or radically changing how I looked. The whole where makeup meets skincare thing really works for me, and I truly haven’t looked at other makeup since coming across their range.
I love makeup. I will always love makeup. And yes - when I have a big event, I’ll sit down at my vanity, grab my Hollywood Lip Per-fékt and glam up just as my mother did when I was a child. But I’ve learned important lessons about loving myself, embracing my natural beauty and saying yes to natural through makeup - and I’ve become the most comfortable and confident version of myself because of this.”