Since Selena Gomez has been a working actress since childhood, she's spent countless hours in the makeup chair. And while that process can be fun, getting dolled up and living in the spotlight every single day also took a toll on how she viewed herself in the mirror.
"Being in the public eye from such an early age certainly comes with a lot of pressure," the Only Murders in the Building star told Glamour U.K. "It’s hard to feel comfortable when you feel like everyone is watching, judging, and commenting on the way you look."
"From the time I can remember, I’ve always felt like I had to be perfect or look a certain way. It took me a long time to realize that I only wanted to be myself – that what made me unique was also what made me beautiful," she explained. "Self-confidence is still something I work on daily, but when I stopped trying to conform to society’s unrealistic standards of beauty, my perspective entirely shifted."
The Rare Beauty founder noted that she still has intrusive thoughts, but she uses coping mechanisms she learned in therapy to help keep them at bay.
"I love to keep sticky notes around my house with positive affirmations," said Gomez. "I have a lot of various ones, but 'I am enough' is a favorite of mine and taking a scrolling break from social media helps!"
When asked if she had any beauty advice she would give her younger self, she didn't hesitate to give a candid answer.
"I’d tell her that makeup is something to have fun with, but not something you need," the "Look At Her Now" singer replied. "I used to think I needed to wear makeup to feel pretty, and I can definitely say that has changed as I’ve gotten older."
She certainly could have used that advice when she attended the Met Gala in 2018.
"We put on a bit of tanning lotion and it looked beautiful — but as the night went on it kept getting darker and darker," the actress recalled. "When I sat down, I saw a photo of myself, and it looked completely orange. And here I am at this prestigious event — my first thought was — 'I have to get out of here!'"