Is There No Truth in Beauty? Preview

“Don’t start wearing makeup, or you’ll never stop”, they said.

Is beauty a drug then? That first taste – a sticky clear lip gloss on naturally pink lips, a barely-brown mascara to warm wide eyes – delicious, addictive. A curious voice appears, light and flirtatious, whispering:
just a little…bit…more…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and our greatest beholder is ourself. We write our own rules on beauty and with the adoption of new palettes and fashion trends comes assertion of confidence, a physical expression of personality, a participation in culture.

No harm, no foul.

But the withdrawal is accumulative. With each solo staring contest the canvas looks plainer, until last week’s paint makes no difference and the voice’s curiosity is replaced by a longing. It whines:
just a little…bit…more…

-excerpt from “Just a Little Bit More”, Lindsay Stewart

Photographer: Taylor Hall

Models: Phyllis Gong, Kiani Dover

HMUA: Maiya Evans

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