Beauty Vice“Don’t you know your imperfection/Is a wonderful blessing/From heaven is where you got it from/I love your smile/You can do it without style/From your lips, all the way to your eyebrows/It’s the beauty in her/But when makeup occur/I don’t see it/all I see is a blur.” — No Makeup (Her Vice), Kendrick Lamar

As the lyrics floated into my ears, I couldn’t help it — these honest and vulnerable lyrics tugged at me.  The fresh West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar’s debut album  Section 80 was on repeat and “No Makeup” was one of the many songs with lyrics that grabbed my attention. The song discusses a truth we all battle: the mentality that we all have beauty vices and sometimes only feel beautiful under one condition.

That one thing; that one accessory; that one hairstyle; that one lipstick; that one environment; that one pair of earrings. Even as small as it may seem, we all have at least one item or thing that we rely on to feel truly beautiful. Some of us have been depending on that “thing” for so long in our lives that we do not even see it as a crutch anymore. Now, I know when we get all dolled up we tend to feel more confident and have a little more sass, but it also affects our everyday life. In the media, beauty and fashion ads make you feel as if you need a certain product or look to feel accepted as truly beautiful.

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  • Ange B

    I think its sad that the elderly woman would never take off her weave or wig in front of her husband? Family and close friends have seen me with and without extensions, taking them off, with and without makeup or jewellery. I guess I’d have to count myself lucky to feel that it can be ok to go without all the extra. I do enjoy dressing it up from time to time. Interesting article.

  • tc

    I am blessed to feel 100% comfortable with my body; flaws, fluff and all!!!! We are all beautiful because God made us; how can we not be beautiful!?!? I am also blessed because I have a wonderful partner who also loves my body 100%: flaws, fluff and all. :)

    • Mademoiselle

      Good for you @tc! I’m in the same boat. I never learned the art of using something to compensate for my flaws, so I don’t have a crutch. That doesn’t mean there aren’t parts of me that I see in the mirror and sigh at, but living this long without a fix–I just learned to accept what’s there. Luckily, I haven’t been involved with any men (or wome) who found it necessary (or were ever successful) to add to my insecurities since adolescence, so I feel 100% natural being 100% natural around everyone.

  • Luci

    Personally, I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m good-looking or not. It might be because I modeled when I was younger, and had to rock a certain length of hair, keep my nails a certain way, stay a particular weight,etc in order to work. Now, it’s like PFFFT. Your opinion doesn’t pay my bills, so kick rocks. I’ll do what I feel like doing!