I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: We all airbrush away our imperfections.
We do. Even if you have never touched an airbrush tool or app on your phone you are still guilty.
What about that picture you posted of your kids rooms all nice and neat when the reality is they look like a tornado went through them 5 second later. Or the shiny selfie you post in a cute top when we all know you are mom-ming hard and wearing your comfiest leggings below the frame.
Hate to break it to you but that is airbrushing your life. Only showing the good parts and hiding the tough ones.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of it too! I airbrush my under-eye bags and the forehead vein I hate in every single picture I post:
I post the bright shiny selfies where I look happy and well- rested and delete the no make-up, no hair style photos.
We are also guilty of emotional airbrushing. Oftentimes we airbrush away those anxious, depressed, and sad feelings and only share the happy and excited feelings we have with those closest to us and on social media. I went through two bouts of Depression before my Bipolar diagnosis. My depression manifests as a numb feeling in which I barely leave the house and don’t answer my friends texts or calls. I didn’t want to admit I was depressed so I just pretended everything was ok and airbrushed away the entire days I would stay in bed in my pajamas.
What if we as a society stopped airbrushing? What if we all decided to share all the pictures: the good, the crazy, the frustrating and the sad? Would we all feel more of a kinship because we felt heard and understood because someone else has the same problem we do? Would we all choose to be kinder on a daily basis because we know everyone is struggling with something and they need help? I think we would.
I think if we as beauty bloggers and influencers chose to post an unfiltered, un-retouched photo every once in a while we would shatter that illusion that exists that we are perfect glamazons with unattainable beauty. The truth is we are hot-mess ladies who are good at painting their face and curling our hair!
So this week I encourage you to airbrush less of your life away. It’s a messy, chaotic, beautiful life and you should enjoy and be proud of every little perfect moment.
Have a safe Holiday Weekend!