I can’t wrap my head around our culture’s obsession with who is and who isn’t wearing makeup.
I woke up this morning and saw an article posted about an actress who went makeup-free on the latest cover of a major magazine. At first, I was excited to see another celebrity taking off the Hollywood “mask” of perfection and showing they are just as flawed as me and you. However, after seeing the picture I became disappointed. As much as I believe we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others, I couldn’t help but notice the cover photo didn’t look like the bare-faced selfies I have on my phone. It also didn’t look like the untouched paparazzi photos I have seen of this celebrity when she is makeup-free.
A professional photographer, perfect lighting, and possible retouching took away the photos credibility and positive message. I feel bad saying this because I know the actress had good intentions behind the shoot. She was probably excited to promote for her fans to be comfortable in their own skin. I also bet she had little, if not no, control over what the magazine did with her photo after it was taken.
Personally, I have a lot of respect for a celebrity who is comfortable going all natural. They live their lives on a pedestal, balancing between seeming perfect and remaining true to themselves. Reactions to bare-faced celebrities span from people applauding their natural beauty & courage to show their flaws, to people intensely criticizing their natural look or its credibility. I don’t care who you are, no one enjoys being attacked, especially about how they look.
I believe each celebrity has her own motive for posting a makeup-free picture. While some celebrities may do it in vain, others may be trying to spread a positive message. Either way, what shouldn’t be a big deal becomes a controversial subject.
As with all controversial articles I read, I like to skim the readers’ comments. For this particular article, while some applauded the star’s natural look, it was no surprise the most liked comment said: “she may not be wearing makeup but I’m sure there was plenty of Photoshop”. I have to admit, I thought the same thing. As a nurse I meet dozens of new people on a daily basis and yet I have never met a single person with a perfect complexion. Even with their access to the best skincare and beauty procedures out there celebrities’s photos still get retouched. I think that speaks volumes about the non-existence of perfect skin.
Besides photo-retouching, it has been revealed many of the celebrities claiming to be “makeup-free” actually have some makeup on. I know first hand how far a little tinted moisturizer or concealer can go before it looks like I have a drop of makeup on.
Reality of a Makeup-Free Face
A real make-up free face has at the very least some discoloration or visible pores. Most also have dark circles, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, scars, pimples, dark spots, sun damage, and/or other random bumps I don’t know a name for. Our skin is our only form of protection against the brutal outside world and its elements. Being our body’s largest organ, it is extremely sensitive to our diets and the countless chemicals it comes into contact with on a daily basis. For us to expect it to look even and flawless is illogical.
We All Have Our Own Preferences
My Instagram feed consists of a wide range of beauty tastes. I follow mostly natural beauty brands so they advertise both full face and bare face makeup looks (to show you natural products can keep up with all the beauty trends). I also follow girls who are extremely gifted and apply full face makeup as well as the professionals. And then there are others who wear none at all. If you had to ask me what I think looks best, I wouldn’t be able to give you an answer. Everyone has different skin and motives for wearing makeup so who I am to judge a person’s personal beauty choices?
The focus nowadays is to not compare yourself to others, to love your natural self, and to accept your flaws but that is easier said than done. Honestly, that is a lifelong challenge that some conquer sooner than others. I would love to wake up tomorrow and live a life where my physical appearance didn’t cross my mind; I can’t even fathom how much happier I would be. But I know I’m not at that point yet. Until then, I will continue to wear makeup or not wear makeup whenever I want to.
It’s Your Choice
Maybe you wear makeup because…Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
- you love how you look with it on
- you enjoy experimenting with different products
- it’s fun to apply
- there are physical features you would like to cover up
- you feel more confident with it on
- only for special occasions
Maybe you don’t wear makeup because…
- you don’t think you need it
- you don’t focus on your physical appearance
- it makes your skin break out
- you can’t afford it
- you don’t know how to apply it
- if men don’t you shouldn’t have to
- your culture doesn’t allow you to
Whatever your reason, it is your choice. There are no rules governing beauty although our society may make it seem like there are.
If you genuinely feel beautiful then you are clearly doing the right thing for yourself.
At the end of the day ignore what people expect you to be. If you feel better wearing a full face of makeup, do it. If you feel better wearing no makeup at all, do it. We are given a finite amount of time on this planet; let’s stop wasting time worrying and just do what will make us happy in the meantime. I can personally say I find a person most beautiful when they are happy. If you are lucky enough to be happy with how you look, embrace it!
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
… And remember, you are beautiful <3