I was first introduced to the traditional Japanese art of Kintsugi by a dear friend and fellow fashionista, Miyu Topa Topa. One day, as we were both sitting outside drinking white wine spritzers and watching the sun set, Miyu said the most beautiful and profound thing I have ever heard… it went a little something like this:
I see so many imperfections in the world, you know? You see this sunset, Phyllis? It is not perfect. You see this glass of white wine spritzer, Phyllis? You see the way the bubbles cling to the side and how a hair of a crack is forming at the base? It is not perfect. Nothing in life is perfect, and to me that gives me chills. I think there is so much beauty in all the world’s imperfections. There is so much to celebrate in each flaw. So much.
Wabi-sabi, she said.
Then she pulled out her cell phone and googled wabi-sabi, showing me the wikipedia page complete with a few pictures of ugly, asymmetrical stuff. I wanted to tell her that it all looked cheaply made, but Miyu had already moved on to an entry called Kintsugi.
Kintsugi. The art of highlighting, rather than disguising, breaks and cracks in pottery with gold filling. What a beautiful idea, that even if something is broken it can still be considered beautiful.
I was so inspired by Kintsugi that I wanted to introduce it to other parts of my daily life. And that’s how I came up with Skintsugi. It’s the art of highlighting imperfections in our skin. You see, as women get older we are constantly fearing for wrinkles or sagging skin because magazines and fashion ads tell us we should always look young. But that’s not natural! I want to celebrate my flaws, my crows feet, my blotchy cheeks.
With skintsugi, all you do is take a little gold makeup and apply it to any place that feels imperfect. Once done, go outside and celebrate!