What This Makeup Artist Has Learned About True Beauty

Yukina Mitsuhashi, makeup artist and mother-to-be, shares how the definition of true beauty has changed for her through her line of work.
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Feb. 29
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories, whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Every woman knows that life comes in waves and seasons. One moment, you may have it all figured out and be completely content. The next, your life can shift drastically — and so can your sense of self. We have a tendency to shape our worth and sense of self around external factors; what we do, how we look, where we fit into the world. But as we shift gears in life, these external factors that shape our worth no longer ring true. This is where finding inner beauty becomes so important. Yukina Mitsuhashi, makeup artist and mother-to-be, sits down with Cherie to share how she found a renewed sense of beauty through her different roles in life. Finding Beauty in the Midst of Bodily Change"I became pregnant about eight months ago and everything changed. I used to love to work out to release stress, or go out with my girlfriends and have fun. That was my type of self love. That made me feel good about myself. After I found out I was pregnant, it was so awesome and such a blessing, but my body has been changing a lot. It was really hard in the beginning because I couldn't work out how I used to. You can't really do hard-core exercise like boxing. So instead, I just walked around parks and looked around and did some hiking too. I realized that when I was moving so fast, I really didn't observe nature or see people before as much as I do right now. This is how I found beauty in people. Slowing down, I noticed how happy people looked and how truly beautiful nature is. Before, I was more focused on getting through my workout; now I'm more focused on what's around me. Now, self love isn't just about me, but it's about other people and other stuff that makes me happy."How Pregnancy Shapes Self-Care"I care about my body health more than before. I try to eat more nutritious and find a balance because it affects my health and my baby too. I really care about what I eat. I try to listen to slower music. It makes me calm down and relax. Meditation also prepares my mindset. I also practice yoga because it helps you stretch and build patience in your body while meditation helps prepare you mentally. Self love is really important for you to be able to love other people too. If you don't love yourself, you can't really love another person. Find out about who you are and maintain your health and balance. Make other people happy, love other people. That's self love. You've got to make a balance in your body, both mentally and physically to be able to love another person."
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Becoming a Mother Forms a Deeper Definition of Natural Beauty"Before, beauty was more about doing makeup making people more confident inside. Being pregnant, I've been able to see more natural beauty in women as a woman. Women are so amazing. I'm amazed by all of the women who carry little babies in their bellies growing together as one human being. It makes me almost cry that women are so awesome. Before I couldn't know how pregnant women feel or how they changed in their bodies, and all those changes are for someone else, not only you. That's beauty: the fact that a woman's body cares so much for someone else. You don't have to try for natural beauty; it just comes from inside. Caring as a mother, you have to care about your kids all the time. I think there's beauty in children being protected by and coming from a woman's body."The Key to Happiness"I think everybody should do whatever makes them happy. Don't do anything that makes you unhappy or affects you in your heart. If you love your work, keep going. That's what I do; I'm almost due but I still work because I love to do makeup to make other people happy. And making people happy with my work makes me happy and that's self love too. I'm always happy to do makeup and that affects me positively. Do what you love and just keep going."Yukina's Most-Loved Beauty
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