A few months ago, Melinda from Palindrome at Home wrote this post, where she proudly posted some self portraits of herself sans makeup. “Dang,” I thought, “she’s freakin brave.”
It got me thinking. Why is it that we (as women) feel the need to put on makeup and perfectly coif our hair each morning? I do kind of find it slightly unfair: my husband needs all of 10 minutes to get ready in the morning, yet it takes me about an hour.
I’ll admit: I wear makeup pretty much every single day in some form…and I do indeed feel relatively naked without it. I could live without some items, but there are certain things that I find myself desperately clinging to. For instance – my mascara and my eyebrow powder. If nothing else, I have to apply a quick swipe of mascara and fill in my eyebrows before leaving the house! Also, with fine/thin hair, it is absolutely necessary for me to wash my hair and style it every day in order for it to not look dirty. At least, this is what I tell myself.
Justin constantly tells me that he thinks I’m beautiful without makeup – even on the weekend mornings when my hair is disheveled and I have some mascara remnants smudged under my eyes. I always shush him and insist that he’s just saying that to make me feel nice. Come on now Katie, seriously? Why do I feel the need to pass off his compliments so quickly?
Although many of you already know this, I’ll say it again: I met Justin on the beach. On a Saturday morning…with dirty hair pulled back into a bun and barely a speck of makeup on my face. I wasn’t intending to meet my future husband on that day, so I hadn’t put much work into my appearance. Well, I guess it worked for me in the end, huh? Society and advertising clearly tell women that we need to wear makeup and change our appearance in order to attract men, to feel beautiful, and the like. But where is it getting us? I feel like it just perpetuates my own insecurity about my appearance. I don’t feel complete without makeup…I don’t feel beautiful with day old hair…people are going to judge me. It stinks.
Lately, I have decided to make an effort to become more comfortable in my own skin and embrace my “natural” appearance. I’m taking small steps, like walking the dog around the block with no makeup. I’ve now graduated to being comfortable with taking a trip to the grocery store sans makeup. Its kind of liberating…and you know what? I’m pretty positive that no one has judged me or made comments. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to this battle.
So, I’ll get off my soapbox for a minute and show you…me…without makeup and with day old hair. I took these photos on Saturday morning, and I only adjusted the brightness to the photos (the lighting in our apartment is not the best). And guess what: I don’t think I look half bad: I’m getting used to seeing Katie in this way.
Do you feel pressure to wear makeup/have perfect hair every day? How do you embrace your “natural” beauty? Would you be willing to post a photo of yourself sans makeup?
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