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A couple days ago, I read about how James Charles, a 17 year old guy, became the first male ambassador for Covergirl. He has a pretty big following, but I’ve never actually heard of him until I stumbled upon the post on my Instagram explore feed. I was creeping some of his pictures and I saw one that was kind of like a before and after picture… The “before” picture was the very first time he ever put on makeup and the “after” picture was him now, exactly one year after he first put makeup on his face. And holy. The transformation was crazy. His skills had improved so much over the course of just one year. And in that one year, he’s gained so much recognition and of course, he became the first “CoverBoy”, which in itself is a huge accomplishment already.

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I guess this just made me think about myself and where I am in life. I don’t aspire to be on his level of fame but I think it’s really inspiring to see just how much someone can improve in such a short amount of time, with the right amounts of dedication and passion. I genuinely love makeup and enjoy talking about it with others and spending an eternity in makeup aisles in drugstores or Sephora. But I realize that even though I am passionate about makeup, I keep myself pretty stagnant, and don’t allow myself to grow and expand my skills. I lack the dedication aspect. For example, I talk about wanting to learn how to apply eyeshadow properly but I don’t take the time to sit down and learn techniques, or learn what colours will look good blended together. Another thing is that I rarely step out of my comfort zone. I do my makeup the same pretty much everyday, with the only source of variety being the colour of my lips. And you can’t really improve yourself if you’re stuck doing the same thing over and over again.

I don’t just want to improve my makeup skills, but I also want to be able to improve myself  as a person. This sounds stupid, but I’ve never really had a hobby or activity that I like to do and that I excel at, so I dedicate myself to being the best person I can be, not only for myself, but for those who are closest to me. I stay passionate about bettering myself because I know that improving myself will in turn help me help others. I want to be able to inspire others, even if it’s just something as simple as being confident or pursuing this blog that I know a few of my friends are always updated with (You know who you are, thanks for making me feel like I’m an interesting person hehe shoutouts)

As cliche as it sounds, nothing is impossible. I believe that you can do anything you want and be anything you want, as long as you put your mind to it and TRULY believe that you can do it. Stay passionate, dedicated, curious and open minded. And I want to thank James Charles (even though he’ll never read this) for igniting a random spark of inspiration in me. Something as simple as an Instagram caption has helped to put things into perspective a tiny bit more. I think your story is amazing and beautiful and I am glad you got this opportunity!!

💖, B

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