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The Big Makeup vs No Makeup Debate

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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.

Makeup-Free Celebrities

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


  • Bosblends
    August 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I fall in the pro no make up category – but I have nothing against people that wear make up. At the end of the day, people need to do whatever makes them happy. For me, feeling “naked” and as natural as possible makes me happy. Yes, I have flaws but I don’t really mind them. I’ve been 90% make up free (I do wear sunscreens and UV BB creams with lip gloss on special occasions) for over 10 years now, and I find my skin has improved over the years, perhaps because of not wearing a lot of chemicals. I love this discussion and I’m looking forward to seeing more comments!

    • Caitlyn
      August 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I’m so glad to hear you feel happy in your own skin and are accepting of your flaws (which I feel shouldn’t even be called flaws because they are a natural part of being human). I think that is a very healthy relationship to have with yourself and I am striving to get there as well. I too prefer the no-make up look/feel but do struggle some days with my appearance and feel I need to wear it. When I do wear makeup the brands I use are very natural so that has been a savior for my skin. I loved hearing your thoughts – thanks for sharing!

  • Dani
    August 31, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Love this topic! I think everyone needs to do whatever makes them feel the best in their own skin!! For me, it’s all about the balance of good products and a consistent skin care routine. Personally, I love the artistry and creative process of applying makeup even when it’s a “natural” look. At the same time, I have to admit, the freedom to rub my eyes without worrying about my makeup is a beautiful thing LOL. Love your positive take on this subject! <3

  • Nina
    September 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I absolutely agree with your blog! Why is it also okay for male celebrities to go around parading themselves without makeup and not okay for females to do the same? What sort of a message is this conveying to young girls? Imperfection is frowned upon?

    • Caitlyn
      September 12, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      I know, I agree! The expectations of women to look perfect need to be stopped. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for reading!! <3

  • Jodi
    September 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Great article Caitlyn! I totally struggled with acne for such a long time (I still do!) and comparing myself to others. I never left the house without makeup and it’s so true what you say about it taking a long time to accept how you look and give up your attachment to makeup. It takes a lot of time to accept ourselves as we truly are, and a huge reason for that is the celebrity culture.

    • Caitlyn
      September 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Jodi – thank you! It really is a hard attachment to break. Like you, I’m not at that point yet, but I wrote this article as a little reminder that it’s a process and we will get there eventually 🙂 Our society puts so much emphasis on perfecting our physical appearances that we forget to appreciate our bodies for what they are! Good luck on your journey (I’m right beside you on mine)! Thank you for reading and sharing <3

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