This Woman Bared All To Show That Makeup Can Be Empowering

"I found confidence when I found cosmetics."

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Is "natural beauty" really the only kind of beauty we should embrace?

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24-year-old Melanie Murphy has struggled with acne for a decade. “Growing up with an acne problem was extremely hard on me,” she says. “I was bullied, I was insecure, and I felt alone … I felt inadequate.”

By spending a few minutes putting on makeup before leaving the house, Melanie says, “I could alter the entire course of my day, and how I would feel about myself all day, which bled into every other facet of my life.”

And she doesn't see using makeup as a form of hiding, or of deceit. "It is there to enhance our natural features and to make us feel good about ourselves. That is what this life is all about.”