The Best Foundation… Self-Love

Starting with the right foundation is the most important step in my work, and I don’t just mean cosmetics. 

When I work with a client, I want to find out who she is at her core. If I don’t know her essence, I can’t help her uncover her true beauty. One of the biggest clues to the source of a woman’s authentic beauty is getting to know what her favorite things are… what nourishes your soul. This is what forms our foundation. 

I don’t talk liquid versus powder foundation until I understand a woman’s true foundation. If this sounds like a lot of work to uncover, it is . . . but it’s also a lot of fun. This is where the real you emerges! What feeds your soul? What nourishes your authentic self?

This is the process I take my clients through to uncover their foundation:

Exercise: Your Top-Ten List 

Take out your journal, and write down the top ten things you love to do—even if you aren’t doing them right now. Don’t worry if you are thinking to yourself, “I don’t know,” or I have no idea,” that is normal.  Typically, we can write a list of the top ten things off of our to-do lists.

As most women struggle to come up with more than three things, it can be very telling. We women nurture everyone and everything outside of ourselves but we haven’t made the connection between nurturing our spirits, feeling beautiful, and staying on course toward our dreams. 

We’re like builders trying to frame a house without a solid foundation. Despite our efforts, our work just won’t hold up, eventually toppling over. 

No one sees the foundation, but that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. Just like foundational garments or cosmetics, it’s the critical starting point. Others may not understand why you need to spend time doing something on your top-ten list, but they will notice as you grow stronger and more beautiful . . . all a result of nourishing your soul. 

So, get going on your top-ten list! Remember to focus on what you love. Are you doing any of these things on a regular basis? If you aren’t, why not start now?

Set your intention by identifying a simple step you can take today. Then do it! 

Keep in mind that if you always deny yourself the happiness you deserve, life seems so much harder. You feel down, and are less resilient and motivated.

So many women rely on medication, food, or alcohol to suppress the pain of a depleted spirit.

Pleasure, not suppression, is the solution. Put your top-ten list into practice and let your authentic self come alive!

With love and gratitude,


Author: tvbeautycoach

Celebrity Makeup Artist, National TV Personality, Best Selling Author, Self-esteem & Empowerment Coach Website: Facebook: Twitter: @TVBeautyCoach The Beauty Blueprint 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of Your Dreams Michelle Phillips is a leading authority in the beauty industry and one of the most influential makeup artists the entertainment industry. With over 25 years experience Michelle works with national television networks, on movie sets, with top photographers, and magazines in the business including Swiss Vogue and Maxim Magazine. You may have seen Michelle on TV shows and Networks such as; HGTV, HSN, CBS, NBC, FOX, Oxygen and TLC sharing her tips and techniques that have made her one of the most renowned beauty experts in the industry who has worked with celebrities such as Katie Couric, Colbie Caillat, Condoleezza Rice, Sigourney Weaver, Clint Eastwood, and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Michelle’s best selling book “The Beauty Blueprint” has opened up opportunities for Michelle to share her message on speaking tours with inspirational icons such as Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay giving women around the globe powerful tools of transformation; a transformation to not just look amazing but to BE amazing!

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