It can be difficult sometimes to separate out looks and personality. In today’s image conscious society, anyone who does not fit the generic mould can end up feeling ostracised – that is where makeup comes in.
There is more to makeup than just making us look pretty; there are added benefits to people that maybe do not look exactly like everyone else, those that suffer from facial disfigurement. One in 150 people has some sort of visual problem with their face; it is a fairly common problem, but the subject is becoming more and more taboo.
Makeup can have a positive impact on how accepted these people are into society. They no longer stand out, and are treated as “normal” by the general public. This lack of attention whilst outside is generally all that they want.
Often, people with facial disfigurements are treated as if they are diseased. Whether it is choosing a seat on the bus, crossing the road when they are approaching, or hearing children loudly asking questions whilst an embarrassed adult shushes, there are many barriers that those with facial disfigurement need to face on a daily basis.
Makeup can make all the difference when it comes to facial disfigurement. It means that some people feel, if they need to, they can fit in as an accepted part of society. Covering up certain marks means they are not noticed in the street as much as they would be without the makeup.
“One thing we could do is make atypical appearance more familiar and mundane”, says psychologist Justin Park from Bristol University. Applying makeup is one aspect that can help these people live normal lives, and avoid getting targeted on the streets.
It means that citizens feel like they can blend in with society’s demands, and do not feel like they stand out too much. People can be very cruel, and often those with facial disfigurements are targeted with harsh comments from those who do not understand that there is a person behind the face with feelings, just like everyone else.
Makeup can Help
Makeup is an escape from the self-consciousness that these people can face on a daily basis, even when they are just going about their business. It can reduce certain features of the face, like dark marks or uneven skin tone. Using makeup, especially after taking professional classes, can be extremely beneficial for issues like birthmarks, port wine stains or scarring, and can in fact superficially remove the problem entirely. Using cosmetic camouflage to remove blemishes is a good way to conceal any issues that you feel less than confident about.
For those issues that are less to do with skin tone, there is always the option of highlighting other facial features to distract the eye away from certain areas of the face. This really does work, and with practise it can help everyone feel beautiful. Makeup really is suitable for all, yet it serves a purpose to those that have a debilitating disfigurement. It is a lifeline, the reason why they no longer feel alone and ostracized from the general public, most of whom are just trying to deal with it in the only way they know how. Don’t engage, don’t even look.
Illumin8 Media Makeup Studio have a variety of Makeup Classes to ensure that everyone has the skills they need for their own skin type. Perfect for concealing imperfections, the lessons teach you everything there is to know about creating the best makeup style to help you feel comfortable in your own skin.