issue four reminds us that there is magic in world. it is all around us. It is within us.
By definition, magic is the apparent power to influence a course of events, by using supernatural and mysterious forces.
The many shapes it takes offers an endless source of inspiration. My childhood memories include those of the man with the tall black hat, who pulled out a stream of endless colours from his hand at friend's parties, to fairytales about witches - both the good and the bad ones - my mother used to read me. As I grew into a young woman, I even looked to the stars for magic answers to questions I thought I couldn't answer myself.
I still seek out magic everyday. We all do; whether we realise it or not. From ways of coping with the modern world to the little bottles of lotions and potions we lather ourselves in, in the hopes of that they will magically alter our appearance.
As a makeup artist, I have always been more interested in the illusions that makeup provides and mastering the skill of the trickery, rather than the makeup itself. However, since beginning this journey into the world of UNTAINTED beauty, I have begun to fall in love with not only the art of the illusion, but the alchemy of the products too.
And while I know we all chase the concept of eternal youth and the recognition from others that we are magical beings, I would like to share with you these beautiful words that remind us that the "magic" comes not from outside, but is within us.
“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.
— RAPI KAUR
So, join me as I head down the rabbit hole of our fourth issue, aptly entitled "The Magician". I delve into the wonderful world of magic and mystery with a little help from some incredible contributors. From alchemists to white witches and everything in between - I explore nature's supernatural powers, pagan crafts, optical illusions, alchemist's potions and the best makeup artist tricks around and share them with you.
I hope that reading this issue you brings even just a sprinkling of the magic that curating it as brought to me.