Larissa Schot

American vs. European beauty

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I’m noticing a vast beauty difference here in Europe compared to America. I know people always mention natural beauty is loved here. But seeing it first-hand makes me really appreciate a women’s natural appeal even more. Although I’ve only been in Europe for a couple of days. I’m already seeing a distinction in the way beauty is portrayed. As women gracefully walk down the street in their cute little day dresses and their summer sandals. The one main thing I’m noticing while observing these elegant outfits are their faces with minimum to no makeup.

I find the beauty standard here blatantly different compared to America. Men and women here appreciate the natural pallet so much more than us Americans do. It’s crazy, because although I don’t wear a lot of makeup, to begin with. It’s hard for me to fully feel comfortable in strutting the town with not a single touch of mascara, bronzer or a filled-in brow!

Why do us Americans have such a different view on beauty than Europeans? Many of my girl friends (myself included) will not leave the house without any sort of makeup when grabbing casual drinks, coffee, or dinner with friends. Why do we not feel fully confident in the way we look bare? Us women take so much time to “put on our faces” as I like to call it. Some do it for others around them, some for more confidence and others just because they love makeup! Whatever the case may be, we should have more days where we wear nothing and acknowledge our blank canvas.

So being here in Paris I will be taking notes from these beautiful European women and embrace the way I look. Although this will probably be the most challenging task. I’m excited to jump out of bed and not worry about my makeup and hopefully feel even more comfortable and confident about myself. I want to challenge anyone reading this to wear no makeup for a week, and accept your natural beauty!

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