Makeup has always been an essential part of every girl’s beauty regime since the ancient times. It has evolved over the decades, becoming more chemical-laden by the day. Women in the ancient world used natural ingredients like clarified butter (ghee) to moisturize their lips and the burnt ash from a muslin cloth that came to be known as the modern-day Kajal. It was once used to ward off evil unlike the Kajal we see today, that is every girl’s go-to makeup product any day.
To date, I get showered with compliments about my natural look in the movie Ugramm (2014). I had no makeup on during the entire film because the director made me trust the cameraman’s decision. He was skilled enough to create magic on-screen with minimalism. He had set up skimmers all around the shooting spot, to protect my skin from being exposed to the sun or the harsh lighting on set. When I look at myself in the film, I can’t believe I look so beautiful. I would not hesitate to go makeup-free on screen again if I am given the same liberty and comfort level.
Do not fall prey to the idea that you need makeup to look beautiful. We film stars use makeup because it hides all the flaws like acne and blemishes. It also protects our skin from UV rays, the lighting, and dust. Being on camera also means that you need to look presentable throughout the day but this is not needed in real life. People look more beautiful to me without enhancements. I prefer not to apply makeup when I’m not shooting. My makeup routine is rather traditional and includes a moisturizer, lip balms, and kajal; simple things that can add to your charm.
I believe that every individual, regardless of their race, colour and creed is beautiful. Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. Makeup can only magnify the beauty that already exists. It cannot make you look more beautiful. In my opinion, the notion that a girl needs makeup to look beautiful is completely false.
Here’s a little secret. People say I look younger and much more beautiful in person (I’m a little proud hehe). We all look much younger with no makeup on. Whether or not to wear makeup, I’ll let you girls decide that.
Believe in yourself, and your beauty will shine from within. 😊
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