Nat­u­ral or makeup?

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

Blake reck­ons. . .

The world is full of beau­ti­ful peo­ple – we buy glam­our mag­a­zines and gasp in awe at all the celebs and how per­fect they look, but let’s face it, not a lot is nat­u­ral.

Ev­ery day, girls and guys walk into the hair sa­lon with ripped out pieces of pa­per with a celeb’s face on it, ask­ing the ap­pren­tice hair­dresser if she can make them look like Jen­nifer Anis­ton from Friends. She may get the colour right but then your eye­brows are a bit thick so you have to shape and wax them, you then re­alise that you are look­ing a bit pasty so you have to get a spray tan to stop look­ing like Casper the friendly ghost. You emerge hours later plucked, dyed and sprayed but feel­ing con­fi­dent with your new look. How­ever, you have just changed your nat­u­ral self, is this false ad­ver­tis­ing?

The beauty in­dus­try is worth $ 5 bil­lion dol­lars an­nu­ally in Aus­tralia alone and we are ob­sessed with it. Mag­a­zines, TV and the In­ter­net all boast beau­ti­ful peo­ple and the pres­sure to look beau­ti­ful in 2011 is huge. You would be flat strapped to find a 100 per cent nat­u­ral girl on Flin­ders St on a Satur­day night; if they don’t have a fake tan they have had their hair dyed, if they don’t have their hair dyed then they will al­most cer­tainly be wear­ing make up. I’d like to say em­brace the nat­u­ral look, but some­times na­ture needs a bit of a help­ing hand – hav­ing two eye­brows is much bet­ter than one. Ev­ery­one al­ters them­selves in some way or form but one rule should ap­ply, be con­fi­dent with who­ever you are.

CK says. . .

Striv­ing to look good is a day-to-day chal­lenge we all face. Our al­lies have be­come the scalpel and the brush. The two best friends of 21st cen­tury girl ( and in more re­cent times, more and more men). But I think it’s time to for­get them and make a new BFF – Al Nat­u­ral.

Now be­fore I get too into this, I to­tally get it and to­tally re­spect peo­ple’s choices with what they do with their bod­ies.

Putting aside health and re­con­struc­tive rea­sons – self es­teem, van­ity and be­cause Katy Perry told me to, are all ra­tio­nale for why peo­ple are turn­ing to ex­pen­sive creams, pastes and bags of sil­i­cone. But do we have to?

Why has quadru­ple E be­come the sexy cup size? Why have lips that have been stung by a hive of killer African bees be­come the norm? Why does Johnny Drama crave calf im­plants?

The cos­metic in­dus­try is laugh­ing all the way to the bank. Look at the peo­ple be­hind some of the largest cos­metic com­pa­nies in the world – Napoleon Perdis – not re­ally text book pretty. Euge` ne Schueller of L’Ore ´ al fame – imag­ine Walt Dis­ney, with eye makeup on. Harsh, but these are the peo­ple that are to blame for our in­se­cu­ri­ties!

It’s a vi­cious cy­cle! We each keep try­ing to out do each other looks wise– un­til fi­nally you rock up in a egg to the Gram­mys. This should be a wake up peo­ple!!! Nat­u­ral is beau­ti­ful! Throw away the makeup and hair wax! If we all start just rolling like when we came out, maybe the world would be a bet­ter place? Maybe the Casey’s of the world wouldn’t need to body slam a bully to be recog­nised? Maybe fuel would be un­der a $ 1.40 a litre? Maybe it’s not May­belline?

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