Happy Bloggers With No Makeup Day! I'm aware that this tradition was probably a short-lived one for most, starting two years ago (see my previous Heart 2 Heart posts), but I've found that sticking with this day for the last 3 years has not only given me strength and encouragement, but also a greater hope that youtube and blogs can really make waves of positive impact. As much as I love makeup, I love encouraging women to love themselves even more.
The concept is that today, we share with the world our bare face. No eyeliner, concealer, mascara, foundation, lipstick, or whatever else it is that we hold dear to our makeup pouches. I've found that this annual "holiday" has made me grow as a person and there are few things that I've done as a blogger that have been as rewarding as being open about my imperfections.
Video and my makeup history below.
(please view the video first, if you have a moment)
Everyday, one of the hardest struggles we have as women is that we always compare ourselves to others and criticize those around us. It is often out of jealousy since who, more than ourselves, can see all of the areas in which we are failures? This is why we put on our high heels, curl our hair, and waltz out of the house with a shield of foundation and a sword of lipstick: to give us strength in a world that is heck-bent on beating our confidence and spirits down.
It's easy to take those weapons and use them to try and hide everything that is broken, but it often comes across as self-consciousness. How many of us have seen a girl with a foundation tan three shades darker (or lighter) than her skintone and thought, "Oh honey, no! You are too beautiful to be doing that to yourself!" I bet all that girl wants to hear is that no matter what shade her skin is, she IS beautiful and perfect the way God made her. Cliché, but so incredibly true.
Our dark circles, wrinkles, and acne scars aren't our enemy. Our minds are. All of our insecurities live there! Since nobody is perfect (which is a fact that is utterly undebatable) the possibilities of being insecure are endless unless we change our minds and hearts and simply learn to love ourselves just as we are. Trust me, if you can accept yourself on your worst days, it's so easy to celebrate in the days when your inner beauty shines so hard it can't help but overflow into your outer beauty so that everyone notices.
This revelation is the very reason I can bare to post videos online at all. I am not the supreme confidence master, I have just learned to love myself with all of my acne scars and oily hair and skinny, short, flat-chestedness. I don't actually like how I look without makeup, but I appreciate the fact that by me showing everything I am afraid of, it can give others the strength to be unafraid.
Lets take our confidence in our own hands and say we ARE beautiful because nobody can give that to us but ourselves and nobody can take that away.