“You Look Disgusting Video”
“Interview with Em Ford- BBC”
I’m sure most of you would have seen this video which is trending on social media recently and I’ve only just managed to watch it last night. It got me thinking after watching this video. Personally, I can relate to this video as I suffer from acne problems myself and have been battling acne on and off since puberty.
The self esteem issues that I have cause of acne, the numerous time I look at myself in the mirror and just felt disgusted at my own skin. The first makeup item I purchase is a compact foundation so I could cover all those red marks on my skin. But I must say I’m lucky in the sense that I hardly met with mean comments about my skin. I do know that people judged me cause of all that marks but so far I only met with people who were encouraging and concern. Though there were some who beats around the bush and try to tell me in the nicest way possible that I should do something about my skin.
A collage of when I have really bad acne
Of course I tried many ways to try get rid of my acne and it’s also one of the main reasons why I started a beauty blog other than sharing my passion for makeup, I wanted to share my journey with girls who have similar problems as me. I’ve since come to terms with the fact that my acne will never be gone after all these years of trying to get rid of it. I’m ok with my acne prone skin but I’m still working hard to minimize the breakouts and keeping the acne under control.
Before this “You Look Disgusting” video, there’s this #powerofmakeup trend going on which I support. Wearing makeup doesn’t mean that we are not happy with our own skin and that we want to change our look. We wear makeup because we love makeup. Personally I love how makeup makes me look better and gave me more confidence. But that does not mean that I’m not comfortable in my own skin. I actually go to work without any makeup these days and only wear makeup when I’ve an event to attend or when I just feel like it. We are all beautiful, with or without makeup.
I do agree that society these days judge too much.
“It’s a crime to have bad skin, a crime to wear too much makeup. One can never satisfy the judgmental world which mostly consists of keyboard warriors.”
The video by Em does pass on a very strong message but I must say while I find her video inspiring, I do find that she puts on too much makeup.
Here’s an excerpt from a skin diary post I did back in 2012:
“I admit that near the beginning, I made the mistake by trying to cover up the acne with loads of makeup. Piling on concealer and foundation like it’s free. What’s worst is that my techniques at that time wasn’t really good and I did not manage to conceal them properly. It was until much later when I realized that I am putting too much on the acne that I ditched the concealer and used only powder. I should concentrate on skin care rather then just covering with makeup.
Makeup can only covers the acne temporarily and will not get rid of it. We have to work from the skin care, the diet, and a lot of other factors to clear the acne.
Putting on makeup is like painting on a canvas. If your canvas is bumpy and uneven, your painting will not be smooth no matter how much paint you use. But if your canvas is clean and smooth, the least amount of paint can create the best painting.”
I mean it’s great and all to be sharing tips on Acne coverage but I cringed when I see the amount of makeup she piled on her skin in one of her tutorials. As someone who’s facing the same acne issues and also someone who’s professionally trained in makeup, I hope girls out there will know better than to blindly follow her tutorials. Her makeup are all very pretty and she does have pretty features to being with despite the bad skin, but still way too much base makeup.
An Acne Coverage Video that I was inspired by when I watched it couple of years ago.
This video above is a better example on acne coverage I must say. I’ve watched it a couple of years ago and till now I still remember this girl. She did not pile on products and her skin looks flawless at the end. And her acne issues is equally as bad as Em Ford or even worse in my opinion.
One of Em Ford (My Pale Skin)’s Acne Coverage Make Up Tutorial
This tutorial from Em Ford, makes me shake my head. The amount of foundation and 3 different concealers used is way too much. I can literally see a thick layer of base makeup on her face. I’m sorry if I offended anyone of her fans by saying so, but it’s just way too much.
I always think and strongly believe that “Less is More”. Perhaps piling on so much base makeup does covers up the acne marks and all, but doesn’t it defeats the purpose if the makeup looks cakey and thick?
Her message is indeed inspiring but I honestly hope that girls out there don’t follow suit with the thick makeup. It’s always best to solve the problem at its roots. I love my makeup and I know how to conceal them. But I choose not to put on too much as I don’t want to conceal them, I want them to be gone. I would advice everyone to focus on the health of the skin as early as possible. Acne can be controlled and minimized, you just need time to learn about your own skin and know what is good and what is bad for your skin.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone have different perspective of beauty. As long as you are happy in your own skin and feels good, why would you bother about what others say? Keep the negativity out of your life and the world will be a much better place.