August 14, 2009

on being makeup-free...

I think I'm going to regret this.

I was incredibly inspired by this post over at The Demoiselles, and decided to follow in their footsteps by posting a photo of myself...without any makeup. (I know, the very idea makes me nauseous, too.) But I guess there's something about it that feels incredibly liberating. I don't know why, really. But it does. And I figure it's just another step in my quest for complete and utter self-acceptance. (Or, at the very least, learning to love the bits of myself that I consider to be flaws, instead of beautiful.)

When I look at this photo, I am surprised to say that it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I mean, sure, I look like I'm twelve - but, at the same time, I guess I'd rather look fresh and young as opposed to old and haggard, eh? I don't wear a huge amount of makeup on a daily basis, but I'll admit to being quite lost without my MAC Studio Fix powder and my favorite mascara. And bronzer. And eye-liner. And lipgloss.

I do feel much more insecure when I don't have all my makeup on - when I feel like my eyes disappear into my face and my cheeks are extra rosy. I periodically make an effort to go out and about without any eye makeup, or without really doing my hair, and see how I feel. And really, it's never as bad as I think it's going to be - I realize that most of the time I end up being extra friendly and smiling a lot more, in order to cover up any insecurities that I may have. I doubt that anyone has looked at me and thought, "Ew. You are a hot mess. Go put on some mascara, you freak of nature." They probably just think, "Wow, she's extra smiley. That's rather refreshing."

There are certain things I know I have to "cover" in order to look like a decent human being, and I can't very well show up to work looking like I just rolled out of bed - but I guess that it feels good knowing that I can look at myself in the mirror without wearing any makeup, and be okay with the face that looks back. That's the most important thing, anyway. Realizing that although we all pretty much wear a bit of makeup on a daily basis, we don't necessarily need it in order to feel beautiful. And we shouldn't have to.

Okay, your homework for the weekend is to be brave and take a photo of yourself without makeup. (You don't have to share it with the world unless you want extra credit in the form of undying love and admiration.) Exciting, right? And if you're still uncomfortable afterwards, go eat a cookie and then put on a little lipgloss. I don't judge. (Baby steps, people.) In any case, I'd love to see all your gorgeous faces (and feel a little less awkward).

44 comments :

  1. You look lovely!

    I posted a picture today of me as a hot, blubbery mess. I wasn't wearing make-up, so I guess I've already completed the assignment.

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  2. Look at how gorgeous you are! What a minx! (and yes, I have been aching to use the word 'minx' today). I like this assignment. I may have to just take up your homework and try it out. (And if I don't have the guts to post it on the entire internet, I may just send it to you. Be prepared). Hope you have a wonderful weekend lady!

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  3. i will see brandy's minx and raise you a "you got some moxy, girl." :) what a beauty! i also look like i'm twelve so i will make sure to do this this weekend and put it up on the blog for all to see! i need the blog fodder anyway. ;)

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  4. Have you ever seen Hot For Words on youtube? You sounded like her when you said "For your homework" :)

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  5. what a great idea!
    I'm going to do this tomorrow.

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  6. You're so pretty... I'm a wee bit jealous.

    I've seen a few people do this, and have been going back and forth about doing it myself. I think I might try it.

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  7. You look really beautiful with or without make-up Kerri! Yes it is true that without make up you do look really young but I think that is a blessing. People complain about that a lot but I would much rather look younger than my age than older, ya know?

    And in all honesty.. There are only 2 days in which I have worn make up.. The day of my bridal portraits and the day of my wedding. Otherwise, I am make up free.

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  8. You're such a beauty! I should try this, but it freaks me out a little. Maybe tomorrow . . .

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  9. Ok, you are an absolute doll-face.

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  10. I am so glad you decided to do this. :] When I took my photo, I was really hesitant to post it, too. I felt like it was too... personal. The only person that sees me without makeup on a daily basis is Jonathan, & he's kind of obligated as my husband to tell me I'm beautiful (I say he's obligated, when really he does it genuinely).

    Either way, I think you're beautiful, with or without makeup. Your freckles are so adorable, which kind of makes me a little jealous because I've ALWAYS wanted freckles. I even went so far as to take a brown magic marker & put them on for school once. So freckles = WIN! in my book.

    (I love you!)

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  11. your beautiful hun and i think if alot of bloggers did this then it would be a step towards helping other women and girls feeling beautiful as they are without the need of makeup :-)

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  12. as other commenters have said, you do look beautiful in this photo!

    I totally relate to you when you said you feel insecure without makeup because you feel like your eyes disappear into your face and your cheeks are extra rosy. I feel the same way. I am very pale so I feel like I need mascara to look awake and at least powder to minimize my flushed cheeks. But at the same time, I am better than I used to be about makeup. I used to never go out of the house without makeup on, particularly when I was in high school, but these days, if my skin is cooperating, I don't mind it so much.

    still, you are brave to post this photo, no matter how gorgeous we think you look because we are always more critical of ourselves than other people are! so kudos to you :)

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  13. i think you are just as pretty as ever! pretty & brrrrraaaave! :) xo

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  14. Are you ever not lovely? But seriously, you look so carefree and natural without makeup!

    I rarely ever wear makeup, because I work from home, or outside in the sweaty heat, so when I do put it on, I sometimes feel clowny. I'm not sure if that's a word, but I'm just not someone who feels at ease with mascara and eyeliner, thought I rarely leave without at least some powder.

    What a fabulous post!

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  15. You look beautiful with or without makeup!! And how do you get such great catchlights taking pictures of yourself?!

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  16. you look absolutely divine. and you are quite lovely.

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  17. u look good even with no make up

    :)

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  18. you look awesome without makeup!! I totally understand why you were scared to post it though! I sometimes like how I look without it but other times I just can't look at myself, haha. But I guess we really need to be more confident in ourselves :)

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  19. I love this project, and you are such a beauty, lady! It's so cool to see you working out all these thoughts about beauty and self image- it makes this photo all the more beautiful. I miiiiiight post one of me, even =)

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  20. You look sweet. Love it. And love the idea.

    I went to Wal-Mart the other day with no makeup on and was so worried I might see someone (as I often do at said Wal-Mart) I wore my sunglasses the entire time I was inside. Sad, I know.

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  21. I am 35 and gave up make up 12 yrs ago when I had no time after giving birth to my son and everyone says I look so much better without it!!!!

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  22. You are ridiculously brave for doing this and ridiculously gorgeous!

    Love the color of your eyes in this picture!

    I often try to wear my sunglasses wherever I go when I go out with no makeup - so pathetic but I just get too self-conscious!

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  23. wow. I think you're absolutely stunning, Kerri. This is a beautiful picture.

    I love seeing what people look like without makeup on-- there's something so fresh, so intimate about it.

    I wish I was brave enough to post a picture of myself without makeup... but really, these days, I'm not a fan at all of how I look without it. Seriously, my skin... it's awful right now.I know, it's sad.

    Someday :)

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  24. You've got balls. And I mean that in the best way possible.

    Oh, and you're one pretty lady.

    Amen, haha.

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  25. I never wear make-up... can I still take part?

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  26. You look absolutely lovely! You're lucky to be young enough to look YOUNGER without makeup. I've crossed the line at 49 that I look 10 years OLDER without makeup. *LOL* Still, maybe I'll do it . . . maybe.

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  27. I think you are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    I completed my homework assignment:
    http://carolinechance.blogspot.com/2009/08/im-engaged.html

    I was going to post these pics anyway today, and after reading your post, I realized how conveniently I'm not wearing make up in any of these!

    Have a fantastic day and keep feeling pretty! (cause you are...)

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  28. I did my homework! :-)

    http://seriouslytake2.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/naked-face/

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  29. I wouldn't be caught dead without mascara (curse of the blonde eyelashes), but I do try and not wear it around the house.:)

    Good for you!

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  30. You're such a pretty girl, with rosy cheeks as well! Wow!:)

    I know what you mean about being insecure, I never wear thick make ups but I always need to make my face look brighter with mineralize powder, eyeliner and pink lipgloss.

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  31. You look beautiful!

    It's so sad, that women have to feel vulnerable when we are exposed with out make up. God made us with out make up, this is how He intended for us to be. We are all beautiful in our own way. We shouldn't hide behind cosmetics. You really don't need them! :)

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  32. I really want to do this, but my camera sucks and is SUPER unflattering... so maybe next time I'm around one of you folks with a decent cam, I'll think about it :)

    YOU dear, are absolutely gorgeous :)

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  33. So beautiful -- inside AND out!
    I just discovered your lovely and delightful blog today, and I'm so glad I did! Consider yourself instantly google-reader'ed!!
    :)

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  34. Haha! I could'nt have stumbled on your blog at a better time!! I have been trying so hard to stop! Except one look at the mirror is all it takes for me to grab my eye-liner and lipstick!

    But I must say..you look lovely!

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  35. You looks so sweet, fresh and natural. You look great! I take my hat off to you to be able to embrace your natural beauty. I find it difficult to post a picture myself.

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  36. Oh your blue twinkly eyes are so pretty! Kudos for baring it all on the internets! I always feel so naked without my mascara! Ahhh I'm addicted!

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  37. Wow, You have beautiful skin!

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  38. Lovely :) I've been wearing no makeup lately and it has been liberating. Cheers!

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  39. And you said I'm gorgeous?? Have you seen yourself? BEAUTIFUL! I love this post. I may take you up on your little homework assignment and do this myself, and then you can feel a little less awkward. :)

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  40. I'm not just saying this but seriously you look beautiful without make up on. I don't have long natural eyelashes so I will never be caught leaving the house or even taking a picture without mascara on.

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  41. you are beautiful!!! those eyes are just ridiculous, LOVE them!!!
    p.s. does lip gloss count as make up? I'm just curious.

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  42. You do look young, as do I. I often say that I will continue looking like a child until one day I morph suddenly into a wrinkly gray old hag. There will be no middle ground. Just... POOF! Old.

    Anyhow, I do often go out without makeup because I like to let my skin breathe on the weekend. I pack it on at work. Even though Andrew always tells me that I look prettier without makeup. (Aw, isn't he a sweet liar.)

    xoox

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  43. You're gorgeous! Love that you did this. I may follow :-)

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