I started wearing makeup when I was about 13 and I pretty much haven’t stopped wearing it since, save for a trip to France in high school where people made me feel so beautiful, I didn’t feel the need to wear any. We live in a makeup-obsessed world to say the least. I can only imagine how many millions of dollars the industry rakes in every year. I can’t deny that I contribute to that or that I love it either. It’s fun to play with and try out different “looks.” It’s exciting to find new ways to enhance your facial features or bring out your eyes.
I wrote a few blogs ago about how I’d stopped trying to wear makeup in an attempt to stop trying to be “perfect” all the time. I certainly made some progress but unfortunately, I jumped right back on the wearing makeup everyday bandwagon. Then, this week, I watched this video on I Am That Girl. I don’t know exactly why this video spoke to me so much more than anything else has, but it did. I decided that this weekend I was going to give myself the challenge of going out all day without a drop of makeup on. No mascara, no blush, no concealer. Just me and my natural face. I think Camillia makes a great point in the video, that it’s all about your attitude when you go out into the world, makeup or no makeup. If you smile and put out those positive vibes, people are going to notice that and not those one or two blemishes you might have on your face, or the dark circles under your eyes.
So that’s what I tried to do today. I got up, I showered, I threw some mousse in my hair and I started my day (it’s amazing how much quicker you get out of the house when you don’t put makeup on either!). I went out with a smile on and the most positive attitude I could muster. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard. I’ve gone out completely makeup free maybe two other times before and it was usually at the beach or something like that. I hate how my eyes look without eye makeup and I don’t like people seeing that I don’t have perfect skin. I know that people already notice my limp, so I haven’t ever wanted to give people another reason to notice anything else “imperfect” about me.
But you know what, I’m going on hour 4 of a completely makeup free me. I went to the grocery store, grabbed lunch, took care of some other errands and I’m overall feeling really good. Just like the Facebook challenge (I think this one was much harder however), it’s so satisfying to take on a challenge head-on…no matter how hard it may be…and accomplish it. This is the real me, this is who I am. At the end of the day and the beginning of the day, this is what I look like. Flaws and all. If I can’t love and accept that, then how can I expect others to?