Here’s the thing about beauty: we’re all striving for perfection when it really doesn’t exist. We go to great lengths to have perfect hair, teeth, bodies, even feet! But the truth is, we all have imperfections, and whether you shout them from the rooftops or try to mask them in the privacy of your own bathroom, they’re just part of our identity.
So today in the Studio, we’re getting down and dirty and extremely real about the beauty issues we all struggle with in an attempt to make light of the pesky problems.
Garance – My beauty “impossible to fix ever” problem is, and I’m VERY SORRY TO SAY THAT, a problem that most the women I know have even if they don’t know they have it. It’s sun damage on my chest. Not my boobs, just the throat / chest area, the place that’s so sexy when we leave our white shirt ever so slightly opened (did I use “ever so slightly” right ? First time I use the expression!) – And I’m not talking grown women like me, even women in their 20s have that, because we’ve all learned to protect our faces from the sun, but we always forget our chests. And hands.
I didn’t even know it was sun damage (I thought sun damage could only take the shape of dark spots, OH was I wrong) until I showed it to my dermatologist: “why am I constantly blushing from the chest?” and she broke the sad truth to me.
So, my second question was “how do I fix that?????” And the even sadder news is that there is no real solution. There are many fixes, laser, AHA, but the problem is, at the first ray of sun, the problem will come back. So, I’m learning to live with it, and sometimes when I want my chest to look perfect, I even use a bit of foundation. And I’m telling you, little sisters, SPF the hell out of your chests!!!!
Brie – Just after my problematic teenage skin, would be the beauty problem I’ve had my whole life: under eye dark circles. Not bags, but the darkness. In fact, even my eyelids are darker – I had my makeup done once on a shoot, and the creative director said “I think no more color on the lids” to the makeup artist, when in fact, there was nothing on them at all.
Over the years I’ve learnt to just sort of embrace it – mostly as whenever I have makeup on my eyes , I have a tendency to rub it off. Also, its kind of like French heroine chic right? Like I’ve been smoking since birth without all the health side effects? I do use concealer sometimes though, even I have limits to the fictitious romantic shadows eliciting a perceived smoky effect.
Emily – Ok so you already know that I’m a hairy person. So it’s no surprise to anyone that the beauty problem that plagues me is managing my bikini region. I’m part Italian and part Russian—my ethnicity has no mercy when it comes to the thickness or darkness of any body hair. I’ve shaved, I’ve waxed, I’ve Nair-ed. The only thing I haven’t tried is laser because it’s expensive and frankly I’m scared of how much it will hurt. But my hair is dark and I swear it grows faster than the speed of light. A wax is nice for about 3 days and then you can forget wax #2 because there is no way I can be seen in a bathing suit in-between and in the summer that’s just not possible to do!
When I go back to shaving I end up with wicked razor burn. I would literally have to shave down there every single day for it to be smooth and hairless. So basically my options are crotch-gorilla (Miranda in the SATC movie anyone?), or I have red bumps that scream “look at me!” to everyone within a 50 feet radius at the beach. Decisions, decisions…
Alison – Water retention is honestly THE WORST! A week and a half before “that time of the month” I feel so bloated and gross. Nothing fits, my bras are too tight and I basically feel like I need a whole new wardrobe. I’ve tried water retention pills, drinking loads of water and even avoiding salt in my meals, but nothing helps! And during the summer months, the swelling only intensifies. I’ve learned to accept the minimal jewelry look because all my jewelry stops fitting during these bloat bouts. Clearly, it’s a work in progress!!
Carie – They can make or break your look. Their shape and maintenance can define your face for a decade. They can also be a huge pain in the ass. Eyebrows.
Having been born with dark brown eyebrows and white blond hair, people asked my mom if she dyed my hair. As a small child. Throw in a unibrow and it made for some seriously tragic beauty moments. I hated them as a kid and while I’ve embraced them as an adult, I hate dealing with them. Which is every. Single. Day. I can’t bring myself to pay for laser because I’m terrified I’ll want to change their shape someday, or someone will screw them up and they will never grow back. Which is what happened to my grandma when she took a razor to hers. Lesson learned. If I don’t pluck them everyday, I look like I have flecks of dirt around my eyes. People have actually tried to wipe them off my face, assuming it was an unattached piece of city grime.
I fully recognize this is a problem many people would love to have, but it’s the thing I think about if I ever were to be stranded on a desert island. That and all the other facial hair maintenance.
Elle – I still haven’t found my groove with most things beauty! But if I were to choose just one issue it would be my skin. It’s been a 16 year battle. I have adult acne and even the slightest change in diet, hormones, or weather can send my skin into full on teenage mode. Right now I just wash my face at night and in the morning with good ole’ h2O because it can’t handle much more then that. I know it sounds insane but literally everything gives me acne! Helllppppp!!!!
Natalie – Where do I even begin? Apart from certain unwanted hair and what seem like resident black heads on my nose, the biggest problem I’ve always struggled with are the tiny, little red bumps on the back of my arms. I’ve had them for as long as I can remember, and while I don’t notice them all the time, like the spider you’ve trapped under a cup in the corner of your apartment, I know they’re always there. Exfoliating everyday would help but really?? Ain’t nobody got time for that.