aw gee, thank you so much!! That means so much to me oh gosh QuQ <33
I think taking a lot of dumb, purposefully unattractive selfies can help a lot, actually! I think my face looks pretty silly, so why not embrace it and see just how many chins I can fit into one photo? *v* Post them, or if that’s not your style, just keep them around for yourself, or even delete them, as long as you do take them! It’s about getting comfortable with seeing your face in all its mushy, unique glory. And when you’re truly comfortable with seeing your face when it’s as contorted as you can get it, then you’ll probably be more comfortable with seeing your face when someone took a candid photo of you with your eyes half closed. If anyone says something about it, you can just tell them they ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
If silliness isn’t quite your thing, the same still applies! Take a bunch of selfies. Look at yourself in the mirror. Look at your reflection in peoples’ car windows. Get comfortable with your face. Try 900 different makeup looks if you want! But remember that makeup’s not your armor; your comfort with yourself is.
I get compliments from strangers relatively frequently, I think? But they actually only started happening within the last couple years when I started getting comfortable with myself and stopped trying to disappear into the wallpaper wherever I went! ;v; Getting self-confidence with who I am came hand-in-hand with being confident with my own face, and that was a long journey for an entire other post, though!