Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
It really comes down to knowing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, even if you think things are only beautiful because society collectively says they are.
For instance, take these photographs from photographer Elly Heise. This series, titled #DAUGHTERDOESMYMAKEUP, provides a new perspective on what beautiful really looks like.
Heise photographed a handful of moms after their young daughters finished doing their make up. They had the freedom to do whatever they wanted. The results? Completely incredible! We especially love the mother who looks Lady Gaga-esque.
In Heise’s own words:
One thing I noticed about the girls that came in is that they were the happiest with the messiest elements of their work. It made me question the true definition of beauty and how subjective it really is. That is why this project is geared towards any person that feels the need to create their identity based on imposed ideas. I want this to affect people that feel pressured to present themselves in a certain way, in particular women who are conditioned at a young age to spend their lives endlessly trying to meet impossibly idealized standards of beauty.
Beauty is something that is multifaceted and complex, but at the end of the day, it’s not anyone’s responsibility to make you feel beautiful — it’s totally your own. That, or your sweet, creative makeup artist daughter’s.