For many of us, self-isolation can be an opportunity to filter out the essentials from the non-essentials in your life. It’s a time to redecorate your home, try some experimental coffee recipes, embrace matching tie-dye tracksuits, mullets and chaotic celebrity haircuts

For us beauty kings and queens, this time of social distancing has led us to be more creative and experimental with our makeup routines at home, preparing to finally don our new looks to the world when we can all safely go outside again. For others, like singer and positive activist Lizzo, however, it’s been a moment to take a step back from foundation, eyeshadow and blush, and rediscover their natural beauty. 

“Yo why am I so ugly to myself right now”

In an interview with People, singer-songwriter Lizzo has opened up about her battle with self-image and beauty in an era of constant makeup. As she put it, she had spent every single day of her life in the last six months in makeup, and it started to affect her self-esteem. She got “addicted,” and started seeing her natural reflection in the mirror as “ugly.”

“I think I’ve been in makeup every single day of my life for the last six months,” the “Truth Hurts” performer told the outlet. “We get addicted to seeing ourselves really dolled up. I had a few days off in Brazil back in February where I wasn’t in makeup and I remember being like, ‘Yo why am I so ugly to myself right now?'”

“It’s because I got addicted, used to seeing my face with contour. I never thought that would happen because I’m such an earthy bitch, I can go days without makeup!”

Lizzo’s journey to reconnect with her natural beauty

And, for this to come from the queen of self-love and self-acceptance, it says a lot about the pressures of makeup and cosmetic beauty in today’s society. What does it mean to be beautiful and to feel beautiful in an era of constant eyeshadow, blush and contour?

So, in this way, the Covid-19 pandemic and period of self-isolation has been a nice opportunity to “turn off” for the body positive artist. Instead of making an effort to look glamorous everyday, Lizzo is practising self-care at home alone: meditating, having nice warm bubble baths and, ideally, “walking around naked in my own garden.”

“My dream is to just take off my nails, not wear makeup and just grow my ‘fro out and walk around naked in my own garden,” she said. “What’s been really cool is seeing all of these people who are in glam every single day, not in glam.”

There’s definitely some truth here and it does hurt. A Hanover College study by psychologist Sarah Scott found that the way we present ourselves and view our physical appearance and self-esteem was deeply rooted in the ways we wear makeup and where to.

And, in an era where we’re indefinitely self-isolating in our homes, makeup can be a fun means of escapism and creative expression, but is also something we shouldn’t feel pressured to do (esp rn).

That said, I do desperately want these Sailor Moon-themed cosmetics and streetwear, so, uhh, to each their own.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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