So here it is, my first YouTube makeup tutorial!
I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome the new year than to step out of my comfort zone and share with you all my first YouTube makeup tutorial! I know, this wasn’t too easy to do to tell you the truth, but when I first created this blog this was one of the main things that I had in my heart to do. So here I am, honoring that original vision.
Makeup application and beauty overall is something that I really really enjoy. Not only is it a form of escape and relaxation for me (not to mention the confidence boost a good Lipstick gives me) but makeup is something that I can do absolutely on my own. Anyone living with a physical disability – especially those of us who fully depend on others for our daily living activities – would agree about the incredible feeling those moments of independence can bring, no matter how big or small they might be. And that’s what applying makeup does for me.
Through these videos I also want to help break those molds and ideas about women with disabilities regarding beauty and fashion as many other beauties with disabilities who have advocated before me. We all know that beauty goes beyond applying makeup and true beauty is within. But as a woman with a disability I cannot begin to count how many times I’ve been told: “you’re very fashionable for someone with a disability” or “who did your makeup?” It’s like so many individuals have these preconceived ideas of how women with disabilities and just people with disabilities in general “should look like”. I mean, what does that even mean really? That I should always be wearing sweatpants and a T-shirt and look all frumpy without an ounce of femininity in me? Absolutely not.
I may have a disability but before that I am above all a woman. I like lipstick on my lips, blush on my cheeks, a delicate perfume on my neck and clothing that allows me to express my femininity.
Finally, I want to encourage any beautiful lady out there that makeup is about having fun with it and learning to adapt it to what works best for you, no matter what physical limitations you have. It’s also one of those things we get to do as women. Something that we hardly see portrayed in the media when it comes to women with disabilities. How lovely will the day be when I get to see a beauty product being sold using someone who looks like me. Last I checked, I am a consumer as well. But until that day comes, I’ll continue to roll on with my lipstick on. Because even though L’Oreal hasn’t told me I am a worth it t yet, I already know I am and you should too.