Growing up I never thought much of it if I’m honest, my grandma always touched it and smiled but other than that it was never an issue. That was until I was a little older in school and a boy laughed and commented on ‘the brown thing’ on my chin. Mole, beauty spot, birth mark or whatever you want to call it is something I never thought much of, yet is a huge part of my face. In fact I have a lot of little dots all over my face be it freckles or full on moles, I have them. When I heard his comment I remember going home and running to the mirror to have a good look, lo and behold he was right. There really was a brown thing on my chin, a thing I had never noticed or had I but was oblivious to?
My grandma had the same dot on her chin and always lovingly told me how beautiful it was that we had the same feature, yet I still felt like doing an Enrique and getting rid (God rest his beautiful mole). I mean I didn’t mind it enough to actually get it removed, but the thought did cross my mind several times as I got older. Call it paranoia, but there have been occasions where someone has done a double take and focused in on my chin making me feel a tad self-conscious. It was one of those times that I realised that it was me who was making it an issue affecting my self-esteem no one else.
After that I stopped thinking about it until the first time I ever got my makeup done was when I was in my teens. I remember the makeup artist covering my dot and getting frustrated that it wasn’t all going. I went home and cried my eyes out suddenly aware of this thing on my chin that she felt was so ugly it needed to be covered. I actually started wearing makeup aged 23 and know now that this dot will never be covered, the makeup artist wasted her time and foundation because this baby has a life of its own and deserves some airtime.
The term beauty spot is merely a euphemism for ‘dark facial mole’ according to Google the king of info, which had me wondering why in this day and age we have to use a euphemism in the first place. Every Halloween you see people dressing as witches drawing dots on their faces to represent moles in turn making those with the dots on their faces all year round wondering if they should have gone for that costume instead of the sexy nurse or pumpkin in my case. We read articles discussing how women who want their moles removed are classed as vain and how we should accept our flaws but also feature creams to lessen the look of them. Society literally tells you to be you but less of you, more of the thin clear faced ladies in the magazines but still be you. How bloody confusing?!
Coming from a South Asian background I was always aware that drawing dots on the chin was some sort of tradition, but never had a clue why. I asked on Instagram what it was all about and got some great responses with the exact same answer, nazar or evil eye in English. Dots on the chin helps to shield off an evil eye apparently. In that case I should have spent my entire life away from this right? If you made it this far and know anything about me then you can all guess I will be telling you that it really isn’t the case, I am not the biggest believer in these superstitions and risk my life walking under ladders quite frequently. The concept is something I do think is sweet though, the fact someone cares enough about another to draw a dot is pretty thoughtful.
In some parts of Indian they tattoo the dots on, the Bollywood films I have watched always have one character with some sort of dot placed on the face. In Turkey amulets are worn for protection with its history dating so far back even your Nan’s Nan will have seen them around and have now become a huge tourist souvenir. Evil eye is huge across many countries and I am in no way taking this away from anyone who does believe in it. I can see how it is a very personal thing to hold onto something so dear out of fear of bad luck. Next time you pop into Topshop and see the evil eye featured in the jewellery section I hope it makes you really think about its meaning and history rather than to stack up your bracelets or necklace because it looks cool.
Before I go into a rant about how much the Western world has taken from other cultures yet discriminates against said cultures I will get back to what I started, that is if I can even remember what I was babbling on about? Ok so yes moles, beauty spots or birth marks, what are your takes on this?
As someone who has had ups and downs with the dots I can relate to those who want to get rid and on the other side of the spectrum I am also with you beautiful people who love them. I for one love mine and will keep them forever, after all why would I ever want to hide the feature on my face that I share with my amazing grandmother? Nah mate, not me.
Also shout out to those who draw them on because the makeup industry has come out with actual pencils that are designed to draw dots on the face. Let’s go polka dot crazy! This world we live in really is a funny one isn’t it?