Making the decision to go natural was an all-around game changer. It changed my mind-set, my style, and even the way I do my makeup. My perception on all things beauty changed, here’s a condensed version of my story.
When I began transitioning I tried to keep my makeup as natural-looking as possible. I avoided bold lipsticks and false lashes. I felt so uncomfortable with my “new” texture and really didn’t want to draw attention to myself.
Of course that didn’t work. I still had to deal with comments like, “I think you need a relaxer, natural hair isn’t for everybody,” and “Maybe you should put your hair into a bun, it’s not looking too pretty today.”
Making the decision to go natural was an all-around game changer. It changed my mind-set, my style, and even the way I do my makeup. My perception on all things beauty changed.
I did everything I could to distract attention from my hair, nothing worked. I was more comfortable with simple clothes and makeup looks, and trying to stay under the radar.
Last year I finished the transitioning process, completed my internship, and landed a new job. This inspired me to make a personal style change and try to differentiate myself.
My mother gave me my first bold lipstick (“Diva” by MAC) as a gift. I remember loving the shade and how it complimented my hair. Next came winged eyeliner, shadows, and shades of red lipstick. Slowly I began creeping outside of my comfort zone, and I was loving it.
I realized that the more comfortable I was with my hair, the more risks I was willing to take when it came to makeup. These days I feel free enough to experiment with my hair and beauty look as much as I please. My favorite look is to pair a pineapple up ‘do with smokey eyes and a neutral lip.
For anyone considering a makeup change to match their new mane, I recommend going to a beauty counter and asking for recommendations. Don’t be afraid to play! I also get a lot of inspiration from Instagram by searching under the #Makeup hashtag.
I’d love to see your hair and makeup combos! Post your Instagram handle in the comment section so I can take a look :) You can find me CurlsandLashes.com.