Your face is the only one like it in the world. How amazing is that? No one else has the exact arrangement, size and shape of your unique features. There’s nothing like a bit of makeup to help you celebrate that wonderful fact.
*This blog post is an adaptation from a previous article of Rebecca's.
This month's cover story superstar is Rebecca Casciano, natural beauty expert and founder of Sacred Beauty Salon Series. We're excited to share her tips for going natural in your beauty routine, which were also printed in this month's magazine. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Rebecca via the link to her website at the end of this post.
Set A New Intention
Like everything else in life, perspective is essential. The great Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Even if you don’t consider yourself a “makeup person”, simply start with an open mind and curiosity to try something new. It may take some time before you see wearing makeup as a way to express, rather than cover, your true self. I believe if you start with a fresh mindset, you set the stage for a whole new experience.
Practice a Makeup Mantra
While you’re in the mirror applying your makeup, use that time to lovingly embrace each feature. Create powerful beauty mantras — words or phrases that affirm a positive belief about yourself. For example, “My eyes are beautiful and help me see with love” or “My skin is radiant, clear and healthy.” It is most effective to say your affirmations out loud, but it is also okay to simply think them. Even if you don’t believe the mantra to be true right now, the more you say it (especially when looking at your reflection in the mirror) your mind will begin to accept it as truth. Try it!
Celebrate Your Beauty
Your face is the only one like it in the world. How amazing is that? No one else has the exact arrangement, size and shape of your unique features. There’s nothing like a bit of makeup to help you celebrate that wonderful fact. Choose your favorite (or least favorite!) feature and adorn it with loving care. For example, if you like your blue eyes, a bit of bronze eye shadow will make their color pop even more. On the other hand if you think your lips are “too small,” throw on a red lipstick and appreciate every bit of them!
Let’s face it-- commercial cosmetics are full of chemicals you don’t want sitting on your skin all day. Most mainstream makeup is made using petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and cheap preservatives that are unhealthy for your body and the environment. The great news is, there are many safe, sustainable and effective alternatives. When you choose makeup that is thoughtfully crafted with nourishing, plant-based ingredients, it feels decidedly more special and well… sacred!
In your journey to becoming your true self, you may discover that natural beauty is one way to reveal your true beauty to the world. If that is the case, and you find yourself in need of a guide--or even just a friend to hold your hand--Rebecca is the woman you should search for!
Blog photo courtesy of Amanda Luisa Photography.
Rebecca Casciano is on a mission to help women discover the relationship between inner health and outer beauty. For over 16 years, she has worked as a bridal, fashion and celebrity artist. Rebecca's diverse clientele includes celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Josie Maran and Martha Stewart, in addition to wellness gurus like Gabrielle Bernstein and Kris Carr. Her work has appeared in magazines such as ELLE and Essence and she is currently the resident makeup artist and beauty editor at Thoughtfully magazine.
When she’s not providing her signature, clean beauty makeup services, Rebecca is working on her vision to bring “Sacred Beauty” to women throughout the world. Learn more about her unique offerings at www.rebeccacasciano.com.