Finding my reflection

Melanie Wijeratna
Blue Star Ink
Published in
5 min readJun 13, 2024

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How makeup helped me get my groove back

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

There’s a song by R.E.M. called Losing My Religion. Which has nothing to do with this story, except from a sort-of alliterative perspective.

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There’s also a movie called How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Which has more to do with this story.

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Growing up, I discovered makeup 💄 late. I think most girls were playing with their mum’s makeup around 5 or 6? That wasn’t me. I was too busy running around outside in circles, in bare feet, laughing up at the sun, in Africa. Where we lived. My mum would try to put dresses on me, and I’d wriggle away, and find my shorts and trousers and shirts instead.

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Around 9 (ok this picture is way younger than 9 but you get my point) is when I started playing with my mum’s makeup 💄. I tried her red lipstick. And immediately wiped it off, and…

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Melanie Wijeratna
Blue Star Ink

I am a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a PROSCI-certified People Change Manager. I’m also an ultra-runner and have lived and worked all over.