“I’ve never really worn makeup. My dad said i wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until i was 15 and I never did. I was lucky enough to not have that much acne so i could feel comfortable, but lately, I’ve been using more and more and I don’t like how I don’t feel the same leaving the house without it. It comes and goes in waves but I also think makeup can be a really amazing thing! I’ve seen so many people be transformed with makeup and its a beautiful thing.”
“I would say my thoughts on makeup is that it’s not a necessity but rather a form of art. Everyone is beautiful in their own way but makeup helps bring out the parts of you that you love the most.
Makeup is also full of color so everyone can be creative and express themselves in different ways. We need more of that in life.”
“Make-up to me is like a zen. I remember watching a million videos on YouTube as a teenager trying to learn how to apply eye shadow and eye liner. If you see pics of me back in the day with makeup... ouch. I love sitting at my vanity and going through the process, it’s very relaxing to me.
I only ever put a full face on when I go out or when I have a photoshoot, other than that I just rock the brows—have to apply the brows. No make up series is amazing and I love that they are inspiring others to appreciate natural beauty and be comfortable in their skin.”
“I wear makeup to express my personality and individuality. I don’t wear makeup to impress or show off, I do to for myself and only myself. I BELIVE it expresses my artistic side and mood”
“Makeup was presented to me as a mask that can make any women feel beautiful. But, the older I got I realize true beauty resides within. It takes time to let makeup go, because it gives a sense comfort because you can hide all the aspects of your face that society label as imperfect.
To me, makeup is just a mere accessory not a true reflection of myself.”
“I did not have an issues with makeup. My dad actually bought me my first kit when I was 16, and let me experiment with it. I believe makeup should be used to accentuate one’s features as opposed to changing the entire look. The exception should be in cases where it’s used for art (e.g. theater), otherwise, it can be deceptive to the observer.
Overall, the features you define as beautiful will become beautiful to others once you accept yourself. My message to women is that they should not feel the need to change their looks to fit into popular culture of what is considered as beautiful e.g. slimmer noses. Define your own beautiful!”
“Makeup should be used to accentuate natural beauty, not mask it. I believe natural beauty comes from within and it radiates out like energy. Being beautiful is letting yourself radiate.
“I enjoy wearing make up but I've never been the kind of person to do a full face on a regular basis. However, I am self conscious having my picture taken without foundation. I'm an advocate for body positivity, so when I heard about this project I was immediately onboard! But the day before the photoshoot, I had a really bad breakout. I started to get nervous and, I'll be honest, even considered cheating and wearing a little foundation.
Then I snapped out of it! How can I call myself body positive and then use makeup as a mask to hide my natural skin? I believe makeup is a great way to express yourself and can be empowering and fun! But you should never feel ashamed of the skin you're in! So I bared my natural skin, and it felt amazing. “
“I wear makeup to switch it up. I'm very versatile and I love expressing my creativity through my appearance. Makeup just allows me to use my face as a canvas. Easy, breezy, beautiful”
"I wasn't born a unicorn but makeup lets me be that much closer"
“Our culture is so ruled by appearance that it's difficult not to get swept up in other peoples valuations of us. Make up has the ability to transform our appearance and give us a boost of confidence and sense that we are impressing others with our beauty, and also provides us with a shield and a way to hide our vulnerability.
I love the playful aspect of make up and transformation but am also aware that it's overuse can reflect some damaging self-talk about not being worthy of love as our natural and vulnerable selves. Life is all about balance, and make up is no different. As a woman with ance-rosacea and as an actor, I tread this balance carefully.”
"When I wear makeup I feel confident, social, and ready to conquer my day. When I am not wearing makeup I feel liberated, natural, and refreshed."
As a woman I think it important that we do not judge ourselves or each other and that means whether we are wearing make up or not we respect the choice that that woman makes. As a teacher of Kundalini Yoga I live a rather natural lifestyle. There are rare times when I do feel that that is at odds with being an actress. I work on cultivating an inner beauty and compassion that shines through my skin and out of my spirit.
I would never say that make up is a bad thing but I would encourage women to not hide behind it and accept who they are. Accept the flaws that are actually perfection. Accept the rawness and the sweetness. Accept the storm and the calm seas. God gave every bit of it to you, don't reject any part of yourself, explore the landscape of who you are and how beautifully unique you have been made.
You're perfect just the way you are; Perfectly imperfect and beautifully blemished
My name is Tiffany I am 19 years old and do not wear make up unless I am going to something special or that requires it. I never learned how to apply make up and I always preferred the natural look. But since make up is required on most photo shoots, performances and when acting I recently signed up at our local mall to go to a couple of make up classes and learn how to apply the products I had to buy for these events.
I prefer natural looking make up made from natural ingredients. With that said I was happy to see this project and wanted to be a part of it so I signed up since it is true to what I feel. Make up should never define a person.
I have a love hate relationship with make up. I'm a huge product junkie and truly enjoy the process of trying new products and deciding whether they will be my new go-to .....fill in the blank.
In my experience make up has been a way to amplify my confidence. If I am feeling beautiful and I want to go out and be social, I will wear make up in an effort to feel like I am putting my best fit forward. I want to say this is me at my best. How ever this is the same reason I hate make up.
Whenever I go a long period of time wearing make up, and then I stop because I'm breaking out or whatever the case may be, I feel ugly. I do not feel as confident and that is not okay with me.
I try my hardest not to wear make up because I never want to feel like I need a product to make me feel beautiful but sometimes a girl can't resist a brand new MAC Lipstick In Matte Whirl.
I rarely use makeup. I have always valued my natural beauty.
As a very tomboyish young girl I can remember always seeing what I thought then were the pretty women on TV and in magazines because they had art on their face. Yes art (laughing). While I wasn’t overly anxious to have art put on my face I did truly think that they were prettier than the women without art. As I got older my desire to wear art became more relevant. All the girls that wore art seemed to get the most attention so naturally being young and not really sure of self I wanted the same attention.
There was also the small issue of my Parents being totally against little girls wearing makeup because it made them look “fast, manish”…………..so it wasn’t until my Junior Prom that I wore makeup for the first time. I actually felt grown wearing it but there was something about wearing red that I totally hated.
When I decided to write a book about my life it was then while reflecting on my past that I realized why I hated red. It was the woman that showed up at my house, asking for my Daddy while my Momma was at work and she was wearing red finger nail polish. Just 2 years ago I finally put on red lipstick to address my past.
As an adult now I do occasionally wear makeup but by choice I choose not to except for special events etc. My reasoning for being bare faced is the desire to embrace the natural features, gifts God gave me. Most women feel like their imperfections can be hidden by makeup but fail to realize that your imperfections make you YOU. I’m thankful for the No Makeup Series, for what it is allowing women to accept that what they were born with is beautiful enough.
Sathya Nelson is a wife, mother of five beautiful children, Domestic Violence Advocate, Overcomer of Domestic Abuse, and motivational speaker. From being a teen mom, to living in a shelter as a young woman, being a single mother of four children, being raised without a father, watching her mother being abused, being in bondage of an abuser, through all the trials and tribulations Sathya knew God would never leave her nor forsake her. She knew through it all he had a plan, a plan for her to be set free, to survive, and then overcome all the enemy thought would destroy her.
To walk in her purpose, her love, her passion to now encourage, empower, and inspire other women to not only survive but to also overcome, to know that God is a healer and he will never leave us nor forsake us. Sathya will continue to walk in her purpose with love, being that vessel, that voice when there is no voice. She is the owner of Kutie Patooties “All Things Made Beautiful” which opened October 2014, making gift giving unique and fun; they design Glamour & Style for Mother and Child. Director/Founder of Scars of Survival, founded October 2016. Scars of Survial are an ongoing Non Profit Organization dedicated to helping victims and survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse; helping to transform their lives from being a victim to over comer. Our goal is to bring continued awareness to Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse, showing how to love, trust, have faith, and build hope again.
She is a licensed and certified Nurse Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist and Medical Office Assistant. She was actively involved in her husband’s unit in the Army as FRG Leader/Treasurer from the summer of 2014 to June 2015. Sathya is currently an active member with PYT which is a Non Profit Organization to empower and enrich teens in our society. Among her many talents, she is a Domestic Violence Overcomer & Advocate, also Co-Author of “I Am Mother’s Edition,” This book has 31 stories & affirmations that will uplift and encourage moms and moms to be.
Sathya’s motto is “We Can Do All Things through Christ Because He Gives Us Strength”, “Love All Serve All, Service to Humanity Is Service to God."
I wear a bit of makeup every day—a little concealer because I’m constantly fighting under eye circles, always blush to make me look a more awake, and a brown liner on my upper lash line. I used to wear a lot more. I took some “modeling” classes when I was young and came away thinking I needed to wear a lot on my face: concealer, foundation, powder, blush, mascara, the works. The older I got, the less I wore; partly, I grew more comfortable in my skin, but also, I just grew busier and sleepier and neither of those left space for prioritizing much more than a 2 minute face routine.
I still feel more beautiful in makeup—I resent when people (men especially) tell me they think I’m more beautiful without any makeup on (mostly because when they say it, I’ve usually got at least a little on). I think being a part of this project made me even more aware that, even though I’m more comfortable with naked skin than I used to be, there are still some insecurities. And it was important to me to participate. I teach college students about sexism and gender expectations. How can I ask them to confront these things, to embrace feminism, if I can’t take off my makeup and be a little vulnerable?
Women need to stop being so reliant on makeup to live their life. It's okay to leave the house and run errands without spending 20+ minutes in the bathroom "putting your face on."
I’ve never been much of a girly girl and that meant never really wearing much makeup. I don’t have some in depth reason of why I hardly wear but I do know that no one should feel the need to wear makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I believe makeup artistry is a true talent and some people look amazing all done up, but I hope that they know at the end of the day they don’t need it to be beautiful! Scar, flaws and imperfections is what makes us all unique, and that is where the true beauty lies.
Nunca me a gustado el maquillaje, pienso que las mujeres somos bellas y no lo necesitamos. Siempre le digo a mis hijas que no lo necesitan, y que son bellas como son.
Ivelisse Nuñez is just an average latina, who is highly motivated, artistic and driven. As a PCA she takes care of elderly for a living. When she's not busy at work she is busy helping others. Has a very compassionate nature; but she save her compassion for those who truly need it! As a kid she wasn't allowed to use makeup.
So she would take her oldest sisters lipsticks and wear it at school. Her love for makeup grew passionate, but she is not too fond of wearing makeup daily. She has always believed makeup is used to enhance ones beauty.
Bobby Brown said it best "I believe that all women are pretty without makeup, and can be pretty powerful with the right makeup"
Writing this feels like a conversation I usually have with my seven years old daughter, Kekeli.
Anytime I am applying my foundation , she will come to me with a perplex face and asked " mommy, why are you putting on makeup? You are naturally beautiful." As a mother, raising a girl I had to make sure that I tell her the right thing. Through our daily affirmation, she knows that beauty is not about you put on but, what you inside. " So why make up? " She will ask?
Growing up, I knew nothing about makeup because I never showed any interest in it. I felt like makeup brings alot of attention to women. You become the center of attention, and if I had to ask for anything will be NO ATTENTION. Through these lines, you can guess that I grew up not knowing my value. I believed I had no value therefore I wasn't doing anything to bring attention to me.
The first time my cousin forced me to apply her foundation and eye shadow on me at 23 years, I felt so different . I felt like I was looking at a stranger. But a good looking stranger. Well, it only lasted for 5mn to quickly fetch for black African soap to scrape it off. Something that took her more than 30mn to apply, I took it off less than a minute. I felt embarrassed, because I was being noticed. And plus the comment received made me feel like I was not beautiful without the makeup. And because of this feeling, and not wanting to become slave to it, I decided not to even wear makeup at all.
But my mentality was changed when my spiritual mentor was taking me through the process of self love. He helped see a different side of makeup. He gave me a new understanding on what makeup means. And this is the definition I share with my daughter anytime she is curious about makeup.
My mentor explained to me that applying makeup does not mean you are ugly. But it means you are taking care of that which God has trusted you with. You become the artist creating a masterpiece through the brushes. He added that makeup is an art. Normally as people are applying their makeup , that moment has to be unique. It has to be a moment of worship. It is a moment of gratitude of your face. It is a moment of worship in a sense that you are appreciating every parts of your face, you are connecting to every part of the face. By doing this action, you are Awakening your sense of touch. You are making love to your face: self-love.
This is is a moment of awareness and aweness. And every moment is different and unique experience.
Makeup is like painting nature. We are surrounded by beauty through nature, but unfortunately we miss it everytime. Makeup expresses the same beauty through nature.
With this enlightened understanding, I research on YouTube about makeup. I have cultivated the desire to learn,to teach and to heal. I have months without makeup and I am never bothered by it, because I know the true beauty is what you believe inside: BEING CREATED IN THE IMAGE AND THE LIKENESS OF GOD, AND BEING A RARE STONE.
I used to wear makeup as armor, a shield of sorts. But thankfully I have realized that there is nothing more beautiful than a fresh face, and a smile. I still love makeup and the way it can enhance your beauty, and features but I won't give up the way my freckles are scattered across my face, or the natural hue of my cheeks. I think the true secret is, beauty is being comfortable with who are.
I grew up surrounded by women that loved to wear makeup. It was almost as if it was part of their identity. My maternal grandmother was the queen of makeup and glam. You never caught her leaving the house without being dolled up to the t! I can still smell the scent of her Maja face powder. I myself had a love/hate relationship with makeup.
Growing up, I was always made fun of for having big lips so, I refused to wear “loud” lipsticks that accentuated what I thought was my most embarrassing feature. I now have a healthier relationship with both makeup, but don’t need to wear it to feel beautiful. When I do wear it, I do so for myself. So, when people say things like “You’re just running to the store. Why do you have to put blush on? Who are you trying to impress?” I reply with a simple, “me.”
I grew up watching my mother and grandmother cake on layers of Makeup, but when I went to try on eye shadow and lipstick my father would say "you don't need any of that stuff". In fact I started hating the way I looked when I did my own makeup. I thought I looked to old for how I felt. I wasn't "good" at it, and I felt fake.
Makeup became something I only did for special occasions, and I did not do it well.
NOT wearing makeup started to define me. Some of my friends spent hours perfecting their eye liner, and I just didn't have time for that, but I was envious of the way they looked. So then I'd take the hours need to cake something on, hide my imperfections, make my eyes SEXY and mimic the girls in magazines and in the clubs who make it look easy and effortless. By the time I was done, I wanted to scrap my skin off. I felt worse than I did before.
It wasn't until I was older, that I realized, I wear the makeup, it does not wear me. If I wanted to put on a touch of blush, I could. If I wanted to wear only eyeliner to change things up, I could. If I never wanted to put on lipstick again, because it was down right pointless, I wouldn't! If I wanted to paint a butterfly on my cheek for the day, I COULD and be damned anyone that judged me for doing it.
Loving my fresh, freckled, blemished, scared, wrinkled face was a journey of understanding myself. From my shoes to my hair, I'm gonna do me. Life is to short to be uncomfortable.
I've never been a make up wearer. I hate how, no matter what, I end up with raccoon eyes after wearing it. I tried wearing it for work, but I prefer those extra 10 minutes of sleep. I'm 32, a high school teacher, and I don't wear make up. Do I carry it with me at all times? Oh, yeah! You never know who you're going to run into! But I would rather be known for what on the inside than what I look on the outside.
I went through a period of always feeling like I needed to wear make-up. Then I went through a period of not wearing any make-up other than special occasions. Now, I'm simple about my make-up - little bit of eyeliner, mascara, and red lipstick. Just those three items makes me feel bold and confident in my skin!
I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. I hate putting it on; figuring out what will look best with my completion, which brush type to use with which product, what half the products out there are even for. But, despite feeling overwhelmed with all the tools out there, I sure do love when it all that artwork ends up coming out well and gives me the boost in confidence I need to face anything that comes my way.
Make up has the power to change how we look, but not wearing makeup allows us to reveal our true beauty
When I was a child back in the Dominican Republic, I remember sneaking into my cousins' and aunts' rooms to play with their makeup to make myself look "pretty." That love for makeup followed me through middle school and high school, a time when I was not allowed to wear makeup by my old school parents. I used to leave the house with a clean face and do my makeup once I got to school. Until one day, a friend of my parents saw me at the bus stop and I had this bright lipstick on and she told my mom.
As an adult I hardly ever wear makeup, and when I do, I keep it simple; lipgloss and mascara, sometimes I do a little blush on on special occasions. Now, instead of wearing makeup to look "pretty" I do it to enhance my natural beauty.
I grew up surrounded by strong females: my mother, aunts, godmother, grandma; all natural beauties. They would dress up for special occasions and use minimal makeup, such as powder and lipstick & of course lots of hairspray. What always stood out to me was their gentle presence, beautiful laughter and kind ways. They each embraced their natural beauty and continue to do so. Setting a strong example for myself and those around them to be confident and humble.
I find myself embracing my natural beauty each and everyday.
Our definition of beauty can be different depending on culture, environment, and society's standard. Neither should matter! Beauty is how you feel about self. The natural me may not have perfectly formed eyebrows, or even skin tone, but it's me! I'm beautiful! I love my beauty with makeup or without!
Why? Because this is how God made me. My imperfections are still beautiful in his sight! I'm going to continue to embrace the natural me with my freckles, high cheek bones, and one dimple! #SelfLove is my first true and real love! Loving Me!
I've always had an on again off again relationship with make-up. It never made "sense" to me...how to apply it...what colors looked good on me...I only knew when I was told, "That definitely does not look good on you!" So I stuck to very basic routines. In high school, it was eye liner and mascara but then college rolled around and I started going out to clubs and bars. I knew I had to step up my game. I tried glitter and shimmer and smoldering, to the best of my ability but my day to day look was a totally bare face.
Then as I went into the working world I was inconsistent with my look...essentially I was lazy unless there was someone to impress. I got better with application and figured out simple looks that worked for me. I'm still trying to nail down that damn "cat eye." Now as I have been working at my job for a year and a half, I wear make up everyday...and I do it for me. It lifts me up to walk by a mirror with confidence. Of course it's nice to be complimented but the first compliment in the morning comes from me.
But I also remember that I still look pretty good bare faced and I have nothing to hide.
My relationship with makeup has definitely wavered over the years. My mom only wears lipstick occasionally and didn't allow me to wear eyeliner until I was in high school (after years of begging) so I didn't really experiment a whole lot with makeup until I left for college. I had fun with it for a while, and I still do, but it's never been part of a consistent routine. I'm currently in graduate school and also student teaching, so when I do wear makeup lately it is mostly just in an attempt to hide how exhausted I feel most of the time #bags.
As a woman there's no end to the ways that you can be labelled as not enough. With regards to makeup, if you wear too much makeup you can be called high maintenance or shallow or narcissistic, and if you don't wear enough makeup you can be called frumpy or made to feel less attractive than those that do. There can be a myriad of unsolicited opinions that come your way regardless of what you as an individual actually care about, and it is hard to let all of that just slide off your shoulders and meet yourself in the mirror every morning feeling 100% confident. But I think what I really want for my life right now is the freedom to go about my day, able to meet every opportunity head on without any limitations within my own mind. Some days makeup might help with that and some days I'm happy to not wear it at all, but I think the underlying idea is that it's my choice and what I put on my face or how my face looks in general shouldn't dictate my worth as an individual.
We need to get rid of this idea that women should constantly be comparing themselves to other women or to what society holds up as the ideal woman. That's a huge source of insecurity, unhappiness and unnecessary judgement and we should all work to unlearn and remove that perspective from our foundation. I think part of unlearning that is really tuning in to your own sources of joy and building up your life around those sources. If someone, regardless of their gender, feels truly joyful when using makeup, that's empowering for them and I don't feel like it's mine or anyone else's place to comment on that.