I asked the makeup artist how would someone with small eyes—like myself—pull off major lashes? She gasped and announced to the room, “This girl thinks she has small eyes!” I immediately dismissed her assessment, still coveting the doe-eyed, Disney princess look.
She then recommended that I step up my bedtime beauty regimen with a thick night cream. I shuddered at the thought. A heavy moisturizer? For my oily skin? “Actually, you could use a little more moisturizer,” she advised.
She also suggested substituting tinted moisturizer for my heavy foundation. “It’s just covering up your youthfulness,” she said. “It makes you look dry and old.”
I’m still in shock over my own beauty dysmorphia. (And I think I just coined a phrase.) Could I really have such a skewed view of what I truly look like?
Seems like I’m not alone. According to a landmark Dove study, only 4 percent of women consider themselves beautiful. To improve upon that number our favorite beauty-bar brand is holding its second annual Movement for Self-Esteem Weekend October 21 through 23 to help “create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.”
The brand is encouraging women everywhere to commit one hour on a self-esteem-building activity with a girl in their lives that weekend. (Sounds something like a Beauty Big Sister.) Another way to help? Visit Dove’s Facebook and Twitter pages or dove.com, answer the question “Who Inspired You,” and Dove will donate $1 to self-esteem education in the U.S. Check out dove.com for more info and to get in on the action.
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