To me, glamour is the ultimate mood lifter. Whether I'm feeling a little down, or tired or ill, I can either mope around feeling sorry for myself, looking awful and bedraggled, or I can have a shower, do my hair, put on some makeup and some nice clothes and my whole outlook immediately shifts to become more positive and optimistic - more hopeful and less victimised, and that goes a long way towards my recovery! I'm not suggesting it's a cure-all miracle potion, but if we at least feel more beautiful, it can make life's challenges a little easier to deal with!
Glamour may mean many different things to different people, and I guess there are levels of glamour, but to me, it is basically about feeling pulled together and trying to look your best in a manner that is befitting to the situation. And nothing could make it more effortless than knowing your colours!
I remember a time, before I knew that I was a Soft Summer, I used to live under the illusion that glamour was some artifice that I had to work hard for, something that was "other" than myself. Of course, if you're constantly trying to correct your uneven skin as a result of wearing colours that don't really suit you, you're fighting a losing battle. You start piling on the foundation, blusher, eye makeup, lipstick, until you look like a painted doll and hardly recognise yourself in the mirror! As the day wears on, slowly but surely, all that makeup slides off your face, and you end up wondering why you look so unkempt when only a few hours ago you thought you had it down, looking all polished and perfected! But when I wear my palette colours, even as the makeup wears off, I still look good, and sure, you still have to reapply your lipstick, but even if you didn't, it wouldn't matter so much, ha!
This suggests to me that really, there are two kinds of "glamour": a superficial, surface glamour, and a more integrated, natural glamour. And it's quite easy to recognise which category a person falls into, because the surface glamour usually comes across as being a bit over the top, a bit fake,
like someone who's trying on a look but hasn't quite found themselves yet.
The natural glamour comes out when you wear your palette colours, because all you're doing is coaxing forward what is already there, so your makeup and clothes are not competing with your natural beauty, they are enhancing it, perhaps, slightly exaggerating it, and that's what's so fun: because even if you are in full on glamour, as long as you're wearing your palette colours, people will still see your authentic self underneath it, they'll still recognise you as YOU. A very glamorous you! The kind of glamour that others would be inspired by, and would find kind of exciting.
And that's so much better, and more achievable than looking like a plastic dolly, or a person suffering an identity crisis. There is no need to wear our insecurities like a badge of honour, they do us no favours.