Welcome to no makeup Mondays! Where I post a photo of me not wearing makeup. Something I absolutely do not want to do! I decided to do this because I think vulnerability is the key to real, authentic beauty. I find my real beauty when I bare not just my face but also my heart. I figured with #nomakeupmondays I could do just that. Real beauty is about love and acceptance for our truest selves, our stories and our inner workings.
I think there are a lot of makeup tutorials out there that can show you all the makeup and how to use all the makeup. There are so many products with so many promises. It can be overwhelming. The need to fix or want to change what’s in the mirror is overwhelming. I know it can be for me. I wish someone would talk more about taking off that makeup than about putting it on. How can I as woman feel good about myself wearing less? What do I truly need to feel beautiful?
I believe as a makeup artist in looking like you and enhancing that, celebrating that. I feel any beauty routine should just enhance what you already look like. The foundation of any routine (to me) should be that makeup isn’t necessary but feel good fun. I know (eye roll) super easy Janelle; remember how you didn’t want to post that photo we’re all looking at. LOOK, I am trying to get more comfortable with what is uncomfortable and because of that you have to look at my bare, overly freckled face.
Covering up is a way of just continuing to cover up and I don’t want to do it anymore. I don’t want you to do it anymore either. Real beauty is about what is inside you, which then radiates to the outside world. I am working on it. I am hoping baring it helps me feel closer to what I actually care about which is total immersion of the self. Complete acceptance.
I want no makeup Mondays to show that with or without makeup there is beauty. That by sharing my bare face and some vulnerable words encourages that in others.
As a woman I realize our beauty is our plight and our divine right. Our power is in our beauty and it is where the most of us struggle. We’ve learned to keep our worth wrapped in our bodies and our beauty. There is a great quote from Amy Poehler where she says, “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you’ve been taught to be sorry for”. This is something I am un-learning and refusing to be sorry for. I don’t want to hide behind lashes, eyeliner and lipstick I want to be out celebrating who I am in lashes, eyeliner and lipstick. Won’t you join me?
Please feel free to comment here, Instagram or Facebook! What are you currently un-learning? Are you comfortable not wearing makeup? What does real beauty mean to you? I'd love to know.