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Phase one starts with the basics. Wash off all that invisible grime off your face. Brush your hair out of its bed headedness. Normal stuff. Brush your teeth; yellow smiles aren't all that pretty. Phase one is simple, easy. But it's never enough. You're still too natural looking… Naturally ugly.
  
Scramble through your closet, here's phase two; clothes. Being beautiful also means being fashionable, so all you have is overpriced designer labels to shift through. Find the jeans that make your butt look cute and the shirt that makes you look older and look! You've got an awesome outfit on your hands. Accessorize accordingly; the right jewelry could make or break this outfit. At least, that's what all the magazines say.

Phase three starts in a puff of smoke—wait, maybe that's foundation. Layer it on heavy; no one wants to see those freckles. Dash on some blush, it looks cuter. Break out the eyeliner and mascara, that way your boring eyes will pop. That's what makeups for, right? Make up for what you don't have yourself. Make yourself feel pretty for once.

Armed with a flat iron, you enter phase four. Those natural, unflattering curls you got from mom? Gone in a puff of steam. Thank god. The stench of burning hair fills the air as you kill off those playfully disobedient curls but it's soon replaced by the smell of hairspray and frizz control and root lifter and all kinds of other products that claim to make your hair sexier.

Begin the final phase; phase five, for just reflections on your work. Fix up the little mistakes, perhaps. Your nose is still a little too shiny, your hair seems a little flat right there… All done, stand back, take a look in the mirror at your masterpiece. A pretty stranger looks back; it's you under the mask. Real work of art right here; your own mother wouldn't even recognize you. Your goal now met, you walk out of your house into the world whose opinion is so deeply imbedded into your head. And all those strangers, they walk past and think: "Oh, she's pretty!" But you know they wouldn't think that without your mask. All those strangers thinking you're pretty, that's what you do it for. And it's worth it.

Right?
I felt it was necessary to write this... I'm just tired of people telling me they're ugly when nobodies perfect anyways. And I ask so many girls why they wear makeup and I seriously get the same response every time. "It makes me feel pretty." Bleh. Every time I hear that I want to kick something. It's called natural beauty, I believe deeply in it. I've worn makeup maybe twice in my fourteen years of living and that was when my self esteem was low and people kept pressuring me to put it on. I'm never touching it again. Really. You're perfectly imperfect, okay? Beauty today is suggestive; just because someone tells you you aren't good looking, or hell even if you tell yourself that, that doesn't make you ugly. You're beautiful/handsome/hot/sexy/whatever. Some people just have incredibly stupid opinions. c:
Ironically, I wrote this while my mom was caking her face for work one morning.
Lala thanks for reading~ ♥
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InfiniteRiver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I pretty much need foundation, but that's about all the makeup I use, and I never use it in the summer anyways. Honestly, I don't care that much if I look good without makeup, because I don't want to have to work an hour a day just to get someone to like me.
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DragonRider200 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
That's exactly what I was thinking. Why do girls rely so much on makeup to look beautiful? It's stupid,to me.
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dream-shadow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome!
The only place I put makeup on is my eyes, and I do that because I think it makes people look at them more, like they kinda "pop" (?) I think my eyes are the prettiest thing about me, so I'm basically just showing off.
And I wear clothes that I think look good. Who cares if it's "in"? I think it looks cool, and it looks good on me (I make it look good, lol).
I straightened my hair because I got devil horns if I didn't. And some weird curl that stuck almost straight up.
but yeah... Caring that much about something so trivial is idiotic.
Awesome Poem-ish-like-thing... writing.
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Writer
Haha, showing off is always fun ^^
And I agree. I wear stuff that I find comfortable or just really like, actually I try to portray my personality in the clothes I wear. I think it still suprises people when I where my black skinny jeans with the chain though ahahah
I understand that. It would've been entertaining to see you without straightened hair though lolol xD
Very idiotic indeed :I
Thank you! ^^
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dream-shadow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wore pretty makeups today~ all silvery and not matching my clothes.
I used to go without it until I finally got my straightener, then my hair grew long so it stopped. That's why my hair won't get that short again. Ever.
You're welcome!
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Writer
"All silvery and not matching my clothes" lol.
Dude I haate short hair. With a fiery burning passion. My hair will never ever be short xD
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dream-shadow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I look pretty cute with short hair. plus, it's easier to brush. I get so many tangles at the back of my head... and with long hair It's hard to reach. Some people just don't look right with short hair. I'd freak if your hair was short. I would, like, collapse and die. or at least faint for a while.
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Writer
I wanna see you with short hair now wumman. You look pretty with long hair though. I meant I hate short hair on myself ahaaha yeah I know I'd die tooo xD Short hair would probably be waay more convenient.
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dream-shadow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I might find a picture of me with short hair... I've cut it that way a few times. Thank you, I like my long hair, because I can braid it. I like braids. Short hair is very convenient.
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Writer
Ahh, I see. I dun like braids D: Meh I like my long hair while it is very difficult c:
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Corrynanin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
*stares mouth egaped at the computer screen* That. Is. Awesome. Great job!! <3 You just described the morning of almost every girl in the world. I agree. No matter what you do, people are going to like you more for what is inside you. Not on the outside. If the outside was all that matters, I wouldn't have any of you amazing friends. But also... I may not have you amazing friends... depends on how you look at it.
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TheSimpsonsFanGirl Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude thats good
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you dearr^^
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TheSimpsonsFanGirl Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
welcome
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LegalEvil Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this.
I might be all getting weird, but I agree. I see in like magazines that my sister reads, and it's just feeding them nonsense. Like what is fashionable, what isn't, what music is good, and stuff like that. And I saw a sign at target that said 'Its all about preppy looks!' And I wanted to punchawall. I like the natural look, better than caked in makeup. Though I am guilty of some of this stuff lol. Like bleaching my hair/straightening it. I try to be individual, and I think that that's different. But I don't obsess over looks. If people took care of themselves, they wouldn't need to worry about makeup and style and stuff so much. Very nice work!
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you! ^^ I like longasscomments:D
Haha I know. I'm not saying doing one or a few of these things makes you like this girl, it's people who are doing it severely for other people's oh so important opinions.
Oh target you have disappointed me so. -shakes head-
That natural look is underrated. :c
My cousin reads these magazines and it's just SUCH crap. She's tried to get me to read these things and I'll pick one up to read an article about an actual person and she goes "Why are you reading that? That's the boring stuff. Here's the makeup tips!:D" -headdesk-
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LegalEvil Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is quite underrated. D: Grrrr.
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annabanana9198 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had a long comment written, but my computer deleted it :'(
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Writer
Aw I hate it when that happens. D:
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annabanana9198 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah :c
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electric-master Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda like this piece. You did a good job implying the message behind it. And it scares me to think that people actually think like that.

The part about the hair kinda tripped me up though, cause I wanna start flat ironing my hair xD
Although on second though, it's because I want to, and a lot of people actually like it for some reason. I don't like my hair though. And I hate looking like my dad and what not, but that's beside the point xD
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EtchedinDreams Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Writer
Thank you ^^
It is scary that people think like this. I know some people just go out and wander around town caked in the highest end fashion and makeup they can buy and their religion is People magazine. It's sad.

Haha yeah I see. I'm not saying that if you straighten your hair your instantly the most superficial person on Earth. You have reasons. =P I straightened my hair for awhile and I'll admit, I only did it because other people wanted me to. I hated the way I looked. But I stopped now so yayyy~ xD
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electric-master Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome(:
And yeah it is. I hate People magazine with a passion, too. It's pointless. Just more drama, except now it's in someone's life that you don't even know, and really, that whole magazine is none of your business. Celebs' are people too~

And yeah, I see what you mean lol. (I like the way you put that, btw =P) Yeah I do have reason, but it still went through my mind lol. And really? Haha there's no point to it if you don't like it if you ask me =P Yay you stopped:D
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