Back in my high school days, I wouldn’t dare get caught without a full face of make up on. Whether I was going to the gym, school, or out with a friend, I needed my “security blanket”. It seems silly now, but I always thought that people would like me less if I didn’t have my usual black eyeliner and mascara to hind behind. It wasn’t until university that I started realizing how sad that really was. I started attending my university classes with a bare face, and I’d quite frequently catch myself walking with my head down, or avoiding people I knew because I was scared of what they’d think of me (or, that they’d think of me differently from then on). In reality, I was only fooling myself, because even though I thought I was overcoming my fear, I wasn’t doing it the right way. I wasn’t confident; I was just pretending to be.
I’m telling you this because I know that writing about fashion and beauty can seem superficial at times, but I want you to know that I think it is important for women to feel beautiful without makeup, before they apply even a single brushstroke of foundation. And, while I am extremely passionate about makeup, the first thing I do when I get home from work or an event, is wash my face (in fact, I honestly can’t relax without doing this). I now look forward to the days I can be makeup-less just as much as I look forward to the days I get to dress up.
I’ve recently heard about an online “no makeup challenge”. Essentially, you take a picture of yourself and tag other women to do the same. So, here is mine, and I tag any woman reading this. I’m not asking you to take a picture of yourself (though please feel free to do so), I’m simply challenging you to wash your face, look in the mirror, and like the person you see looking back at you. Makeup can be a lot of fun and a great way to express yourself, but personally, I think there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident in her own skin.