Friday, April 8, 2016

self portraits 4/07/2016 // bare

This is my face. No makeup. No beautifying filters. In fact, these photos have been altered to slightly enhance my "flaws" in order to make them easier to see in the photos. Freckles, blotchiness, runaway eyebrow hairs, wrinkles - they're all there. I'd say that this is my contribution to the "No Makeup Challenge," but I am happy to say that it is no longer a challenge for me to go makeup free.

I have never worn a lot of makeup in everyday life, mostly only eyeliner and mascara, and perhaps some lipstick or eye shadow if I am feeling particularly inclined. Don't get me wrong, I do like wearing makeup - to me it's a form of artistic expression - but I'm glad I've gotten to a point where I don't feel compelled to put it on every time I head out the door. I like being able to enjoy applying my makeup instead of just slapping it on because I feel I have to.

I'm not sick or tired in these photos, but I am sick and tired of people asking me if I'm sick or tired when I leave my house without makeup on. I am comfortable with the way I look. I feel good and I feel beautiful the way I am, with and without makeup on my face. I sincerely hope that all women are able to feel this way at some point in their lives. Obviously in our society today there is a lot of pressure, especially on women, to uphold a certain standard of beauty. People make comments like you look tired and you look sick  when we venture out sans makeup, but then when women do wear makeup they may be accused of wearing too much, or wearing a style that is too intense for other people's tastes.

Though, I am comfortable in my unmade up state, when someone casts a thoughtless comment at me (Aw, it looks like you are sick!) it does still sting. It may be a comment made out of sincere concern, however the suggestion that my outward appearance is somehow lacking makes me feel small. I wish if someone was, indeed, worried about my health and wellbeing they would instead ask, How are you feeling? This conveys concern without offhandedly offending. I also believe we should live by the old adage that if we can't say something nice, we shouldn't say anything at all. Let's not shame women for wearing a makeup look we don't appreciate.

What are your thoughts on the No Makeup Challenge? Do you ever go out bare faced? Has someone ever made you feel inferior because you weren't wearing makeup...or because you were?


Jordyn Schwersky said...

I actually almost never wear makeup. If I'm feeling feisty I'll throw on some bold lipstick, or if I'm feeling fancy maybe a tiny bit of eyeliner. Mostly I go barefaced though. Sometimes it makes me feel like I look younger or less mature or some societal bullshit like that, but I never wear makeup unless I feel like it. It's just not my cup of tea.

Danielle Morgan said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for doing this. I rarely wear makeup anymore. It's usually a special occasion thing, or if I have the time. I am only a few years away from turning 30, and I can't help but think about how my face will change in the next decade, and then the decade after that.

Laura Jones said...

beautiful post and beautiful you. although i probably wear more make-up now than when i was younger, i never really feel obliged to do so but only do it because i like to. at school i could go weeks sans make-up and there's always people who criticize you for the amount or lack of make-up you wear. it's just so silly. if someone doesn't wear make-up at all that's great, and if someone wants to paint their whole face purple that's great as well, haha! xxx

Laura Jones said...

ALSO, i'm loving your blog re-branding!

lorieb said...

i very rarely wear makeup other than a bit of mascara, especially because anything else makes my skin itchy

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