"I wear makeup to the degree that it pleases me; I always think about who I am doing it for and what it does for me."
I love makeup as an art, I'm just too lazy to do art on my face every morning
I love makeup because when I put it on I feel so confident but when I take it off I see that I still like the way I look and can love myself and be confident regardless of how much time I spent getting ready that morning
I hate makeup because I love sleeping in. But, if I did wear it, I would do so for me and not anyone else
I love makeup because you can enhance or hide any feature you want; it's like magic
I hate wearing making up when it is to "perfect" myself; I love to wear it when it is to look different from usual
Growing up a ballerina I some of my fondest memories associated with stage makeup and preforming, but I don't think anyone should be judged or deemed less beautiful because they choose to show off their natural beauty.
Makeup can help you feel good about yourself: however, when that is taken too far, you lose who you are under a mask. Our unique imperfections are what make us beautiful.
I hate makeup because it makes me feel like I'm covering my face with someone else's face.
I love makeup because it is a beauty option that is easily accessible to me, but I don't need it to feel strong or proud
I've never really understood makeup. I never learned how to really apply it. What techniques to use, how to color match. Each time I've tried to follow a YouTube tutorial, it went horribly wrong. I'd poke myself in the eye with mascara or give myself a black eye instead of a smokey eye. I just can't do it. So, on a regular day, I just wear moisturizer and blistex. If I'm going out, a friend will "beat" my face for me. I don't see myself becoming a makeup person in the future either. It's just not me.
I love makeup! I absolutely love the feeling of getting all dolled up. I feel a sense of security when my face is plastered with cosmetics. I feel the adrenaline pumping when I walk by a makeup counter. The shadows, bronzes, and glosses! Oh my!
However, as a mother of two young boys, I don't have as much time for myself as I used to. I'm lucky if my morning routine consists of having time to brush my teeth let alone apply makeup! But I'm ok with that.
If I can wake up every morning and show my boys the natural beauty of a woman and teach them how to appreciate that then I think I've done an amazing thing for them and any woman who crosses their future paths. So for now, I'll pass up my brushes and lip stains for a bare face and two perfect little boys.
Nourish and grow the seeds of your purpose from the inside out
it is divine
believe in its truth and purpose for you
call it into your existence!
When it answers
vibrate in its knowing perfection
embrace it with all your being
do you remember now?
it's been waiting for your return
okay slow down now and take it all in, just be...
open your heart
express the fruit and colors of your story
paint your naturally glowing face with the infinite brush of love, oneness, and acceptance of self and others.
Wow, a breathtaking sight to feel and see!
now sparkle with a little pink lipstick, golden bronzer and a fierce cat eye because life is fun that way!
I have truly found that as in all things, less is more important! I feel the same way about natural vs. make-up.
Early in my 20s I took a job that I stayed at for eleven years. I could never be bothered with wearing makeup. The only time I did as when I was sick. I figured if I had makeup on that no one would notice that I wasn't feeling well.
One day at about three years into that job, when I was not feeling well, this lovely lady that was one of the higher ups there took me aside and said, " Maureen you're not feeling well are you?" I was flabbergasted and I guess that "surly I protested too much!" She said, "You always wear make-up when you don't feel well!" Busted!!!
Then decades later as I went through cancer, I only wore my smile and that was all I saw everyday when I looked in the mirror. I was so happy because I still had my other blessings. Those blessings had not left so I just smiled. About a year after the cancer someone started posting pictures of us volunteers at a fundraiser. Well, those pictures were the first inkling I had of how sickly I looked. But I must say despite how I felt, the most beautiful and non sickly thing was my smile.
So once again, a smile is the thing I wear best. I am not proficient at putting on make-up but I'm so good at wearing a smile and unlike make-up, no one can ever tell you that you put too much on. They can never tell you the color of your smile clashes with your eye color or lipstick.
Less is so much more!
My mom wouldn't let me wear makeup before I was 16 and I really resented her for it because all my friends were wearing makeup before then. She really wanted my sisters and I to see our inner beauty before we began experimenting with our outer beauty. I really appreciate it now because now I can feel confident with of without my makeup
I think of make-up as a form of dressing up. I see it as a form of performance.
When I put on makeup, I want to feel that it brings out and embellishes my features which are already whole. It does not define me, cover me, or complete me. I feel glamourous with makeup on, but it does not make me a better or worse person. It's simply an art form one wears on one's face.
I have had some beautiful and some ugly moments in a bare face, and some beautiful and ugly moments in makeup.
As an actress & model, I am sometimes called to set as much as hours before my male counterparts for "hair and makeup." It strikes me as unfair that makeup should be a requirement for me, and typically forbidden for men.
I truly admire the makeup artists I have worked with in the industry for their commitment to the art of makeup as a means to bring out, rather than conceal
I grew up in a culture where it was frowned upon to wear too much makeup. As a result, I've always been conscientious of what make up I wore and never over doing it. 20 years ago, my only make up was lip gloss or lipstick (and a smile). Lately, I've graduated to eyeliner to make my eyes pop and mascara to help accentuate my lashes that I've noticed have lost volume over the years. I only apply lipstick or lip gloss for special occasions. It's almost like I've consciously rebuked the idea of needing make up by applying it where I feel it is necessary, but only half-assing it, you know? Like, I need you here on my eyes but that's it - no where else! :)
My name is Monica Haynesworth and I have always been a fan of make up. Ever since I was a little girl, I would go through my mom's make up collection and watch her apply make up every day. Even if she was in a rush, she would make sure she made her face up in the car while she was driving. Her actions showed me that make up was a very important aspect of a woman's routine, which is why I was so excited to try it for myself. I began wearing make up in the 8th grade, but my mom would only let me get eyeliner in natural colors, like gold and brown. However, I was able to convince her to let me start wearing more dramatic colors, and eventually my make up collection expanded significantly.
I discovered foundation during my senior year of high school and I loved the way it looked on me, so I wore it every day. I continued to do so well into my sophomore year of college, until my foundation caused me to develop a severe case of acne. When I had to stop using my foundation, I found myself feeling extremely self-conscious and exposed. I no longer felt comfortable with my natural look because I was so used to having the flawless, even skin tone that my foundation provided. I think it is so important that women feel comfortable in their own skin. Even though it is absolutely alright to love wearing make-up, every woman should be able to absolutely love their own natural beauty too.
I mostly wear my makeup as natural looking as possible but occasionally I bring it up a notch with bold colors. I don't feel I need to wear makeup in order to feel good about myself; I can certainly go days without wearing makeup. But there's nothing wrong with making your face a work of art
The most important thing that I can learn from this experience will be the discovery of how my 13-year old niece feels about makeup and whether it influences her self-esteem. When I was younger I used makeup to hide behind; kind of like a mask. Now that I'm 40 I have no need for masks and wear makeup for the sole purpose of artistry and fun
I started using make up when I was 15, and it was only a kohl eye pencil then. It still is pretty much limited to that on a daily basis. It's a feel good thing for me but I don't depend on it to make me feel good about myself. In the end it's all personal - beauty lies in the eye of beholder, does it not?
As a young teen, my mom never let me wear makeup. She would always say "if you wear makeup all the time, people won't appreciate your natural beauty.
As an awkward, angsty, pubescent teen, I hated this and would sneak some on whenever I had the chance. When she finally let me wear it though, I understood what she meant. Although I love a good cat eye and lipstick as much as the next girl, I always feel like I'm hiding a part of my identity when I wear a full face of makeup-especially when it comes to foundation. I have a mole my right cheek, which although is technically an imperfection, is my favorite part of my face and a huge part of my identity.
You're imperfections make you who you are, so my motto is if my makeup is heavy enough to cover my mole, I'm not wearing it.
I've got a love/fear relationship with it. I maybe wear make-up once or twice a week, and when I do, I use mascara, eyeliner, and some under eye concealer. I fluctuate between it feeling empowering and fun to a subconscious desire to look "better" or "enhance features". I wish I could say that I 100% use make-up when I go out just for me, but the truth is, like every other woman, I am subject to the systems of sexism and capitalism that exist and tell me that I am not good enough, that my features are imperfections, that I need to correct my face, that it is broken, that I am broken, that I need to stop aging [as if I can turn back time AND that aging = ugly].
In the moments where I can connect with something deeper than myself and this society, I wear eyeliner and feel badass, like a rockstar, and tied into my desi culture, where it's not uncommon to see girls and boys wearing kohl at very young ages.
It also breaks my heart to hear women speak to other women, and say things like, "Oh, you don't even need make up, I definitely do", or "I wish I had your skin" or even "Maybe you should put some makeup on..." The ways in which we've been conditioned to compete which each other, compare with each other, makes us all feel pretty shitty. I'm constantly, actively unlearning my conditioning.
Makeup gave my life a complete 360. Growing up I never had confidence in myself and would always look in the mirror with pure disappointment. I would pinpoint all my flaws from my weight and braces to my messy hair and tall body. I was always very vulnerable, especially the summer before my freshman year of high school; I lost 25 pounds and started wearing makeup in an attempt to gain some self-esteem. A simple black line on my eyes or a soft pink shadow on my cheeks was enough to look at myself and feel a sense of worth.
Nowadays it's hard for me to leave my room without covering my dark circles or filling in my eyebrows because I still feel a similar sense of vulnerability from my teenage years. However, the progression of my self-love has been steadily increasing. Even being able to take a picture with a bare face is a milestone in my eyes... however silly that may sound.
I've never been one to wear make-up on a regular basis. Every now and then I'd give it a shot and realize before the day was over how much I couldn't stand having extra stuff on my face. I used foundation in high school during breakouts, but mainly stuck to chapsticks and only used lip glosses and lipsticks every once in a while.
I felt fine without a mask, and, for me, it was too much of a pain to go thru this extra step every morning. I take long enough to get ready as it is. Nevermind the cost for all these products.
Over the years, I've had plenty of offers from people wanting to do my makeup. A couple of times I let that happen and walked away feeling like I should be heading to a corner in Chinatown. One of those times was when a friend asked if she could take me to the M.A.C counter in the mall. When we approached the girl behind the counter, my friend starts with, "My friend is 25 and never wore makeup." From the reaction on the girl's face, I thought my friend just told her I have an incurable disease. Is it really that serious? Do I look that bad au natural? I've asked this plenty of times to always get the answer of "No, but makeup will bring out your features."
So, now in my 30s, I'm still mistaken for being younger than I am and it seems like my skin looks less worn than a lot of my friends who have been putting on their faces for the past 20+ years. Not that I'm knocking those who choose to wear it, I understand how it can bring out natural features when done right, but I'm ok with not being in to it.
However, as a performing artist, and just once in a great while, I enjoy putting color around my eyes & on my lips for effect and to accentuate. I only wish it wasn't people's reaction to look at me as though I committed a crime when they find out my secret.
I hardly ever wear make-up, but I do still dye my hair. I hate the way make-up feels on my skin, which is very sensitive. In the 50's, all my female relatives wore make-up. I began to wear make-up as a teen in the 60's - all pale "Mod" stuff, including false eyelashes! But my eyes are small so eye make-
up smeared - the raccoon look. I went to a freak college in '69, and no one wore make-up.
When I moved back to Boston in '73, I worked in the retail business where you had to wear stockings, pumps and make-up at the job. When I entered the BAC, I didn't need it. I lived on a sailboat, and worked as a draftsman - didn't need it. I'm a writer and filmmaker now - don't need it. If I work as a background extra on a movie I might use tinted moisturizer and lip-gloss. But I mainly moisturize day and night and keep my body clean. There's more to life than looking "sexy" and "youthful" - at 64, I need my body to stay healthy to work
It seems to me like makeup is a tool. Like any tool, it can be used or misused.
I haven't worn much makeup in my life. I didn't begin wearing it until I started going out in college. Since then, I've continued to wear it on nights I go out, but that's it - and even then it's limited to eyeliner and mascara. I'm just not the kind of person that enjoys spending time putting on makeup. I'd much rather take that time to work or exercise, but that's just me.
Everyone has different priorities. Everyone has different activities that make them feel happy or wanted. For some, that's makeup
I think makeup is similar to clothing, in that you can use it to express yourself. I think makeup has the same pitfalls as clothing as well, you can overdo it and wear something gaudy or overdo the makeup. So as long as you’re aware of the potential pitfalls, and you take proper care to remove the makeup once you’re done wearing it and use proper hygiene when you apply it and remove it,
I think makeup is just another accessory. I tend not to wear makeup because I prefer not to have to worry about removing it and touching it up during the day, but there are days when I do.
Makeup can be used as an extension of ones personality, and a means of expressing oneself. I think its just important to make sure you are wearing the makeup because it is something you want, not because of someone else’s wants.
In my everyday life, I wear no make up. I have already done one self titled, Simply Me, photoshoot with Scott Indermaur and that is why I have been interested in participating in this No Makeup Series Project.
I feel clean and fresh and comfortable in my own skin. I feel it's important as a role model to let my daughters know" it's ok to be seen sans makeup" to be "naked", natural beauties as opposed to what they see portrayed in the media. I feel as women we have a responsibility to the younger women and future generations to disregard the "need to appear flawless".
When I do choose to use makeup and skincare, I look towards an organic chemical free line, pure/natural plant based products free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, dyes and fillers. I look for skin products that offer 30 SPF broad spectrum coverage. I adore the current BB creams or tinted primer.
The reason for the SPF: I have had two Mohs surgeries for basal cell carcinoma (on my nose and on my forehead). I prefer the lightest of creams for signs of aging, fine lines, brightening, sunspots and covering redness.
I do love playing with colors and using makeup to enhance my features. I do prefer to do my own makeup for photography. There are often occasions when I know i am going to be on stage or in lighting that require a more polished look. When necessary to be on camera for film or for a certain required look ; Makeup can be fun! I do like to get glamorous for special events & celebrations. I just prefer to be ME makeup free.
I LOVE makeup... I love watching videos, reading reviews, going to Sephora and trying new products but makeup is my mood enhancer... It's not everyday I need my eyebrows "on fleek" or lashes to heaven or a bold lip... I don't leave the house face "beat to the gods" to go to the grocery store... I don't ever cover up my freckles, I don't get my eyebrows done, but that's just me... I just don't feel the need... Don't get me wrong I can and I will, but I am comfortable with a clean and fresh face
I love not wearing make up because it allows me to feel so natural and free. It's nice to feel relaxed in my own skin. I do like experimenting with all the different possibilities that makeup can offer. It's fun to try new looks sometimes.
I do not wear make up everyday. I go bare face to work and my regular day to day. The only time I wear make up is to an event or if i'm going out for the night, and I keep it pretty low-key.
I do not hate make-up, but I want women to know that they do not have to cover up their face with pounds of makeup to feel gorgeous.
What makes women gorgeous is being confident in their body and owning all their imperfection.
Make-up only enhances that already radiant confidence you have, but doesn't create it.
I don't (personally) have anything against make-up... I don't think it's bad.. I just choose not to wear it because, I'm too impatience, broke, and lazy to keep up with it all! 😁😁😁
The reason why I hate wearing makeup is because "you get what you get" when it comes to me. I shouldn't have to mold my self worth or my physical appearance to be accepted by a person. Love me for me or don't love me at all.
When it comes to makeup... I barely wear any! I don't have anything against makeup, it's probably because I've never had the patience or talent to learn how to properly apply it so I've gone without. I've always felt confident in the skin I'm in.. all natural.. however imperfect it may be. On rare or special occasions, I'll put on some foundation, mascara, and eyeliner. I've always admired women who have the ability to express themselves through makeup. It's definitely an art :)
As for makeup, I love it. I use it more to enhance certain features rather than for hiding imperfections and try to keep it to the bare minimum. I started regularly using make up at about 14 or 15 but I've noticed I really cut back as time went on. I think it's because I learned to appreciate my own natural beauty and that of others. Makeup should be fun, not a requirement to fit in.
Makeup can make me feel beautiful: makeup can make me feel fierce. Winged eyeliner can transform me into an Ancient Goddess; bright lipstick can turn me into a pop star, and foundation can promise me youth.
And just by offering that, it’s a kind of liberty. More or less, we all use the same makeup, so how I wear it gives me a say in which parts of me make me up and if that means not wearing makeup, that too says something about me. Whether or not I wear it in itself speaks for my inner self and what it wants to look like.
In that freedom, there’s identity. And if that identity genuflects my inner ferocity or my inner intensity, how I made up might just say a whole lot more about me than what it looks like.
I find it liberating to be bare faced and in my purest form. I think it's so important to remove my make-up and embrace my imperfections. We all have flaws and that's what makes us unique and beautiful. Make up is fun and should be an enjoyable way to enhance features. I always remember to take off my make-up and not my confidence
I like what I see when I look in the mirror. It took me years to be able to actually say that out loud. Makeup, for me, is a tool to enhance what's already there. I enjoy experimenting with different eyeshadow colors and shades of lipstick to make me more beautiful, but I realize that I can be just as beautiful without all of that.
The makeup industry intimidates me. I can’t keep up with the most popular brand or hottest trend. Every time I turn on the television, drive on the highway, browse through a magazine or even sign on Facebook, ad after of ad of gorgeous airbrushed women take over selling you lipstick that can plump up your lips or mascara to make your eyelashes longer. You can’t escape it. So many women feed into the advertisements, hoping they can replicate the image being sold by the makeup industry. It is just too much for me. I don’t have the patience or money for it. I do find makeup artists very talented and respect their craft. I guess I am just too simple.
When I do wear makeup, I go for a very natural look. I don’t feel comfortable with a lot of makeup on my skin. I wear it to accentuate my eyes or have a pop of color on my lips. Makeup doesn’t define my beauty. I feel beautiful with or without it. As I get older, I am learning to embrace the flaws on skin such as the blemishes from my teenage years and dark circles under my eyes from aging. Foundation and corrective concealer can hide it, but won’t magically make the flaws on my skin disappear. The best makeup in my opinion is a good night of sleep, a good skin regimen, lots of water, and a healthy diet. Embrace your natural beauty.
The morning of my shoot, I tired to remember the last time I left the house with no makeup on. At 32, I truly couldn't. After getting dressed, I looked in the mirror and asked, "That's it?" I was done and ready to leave. Despite the (perfectly timed) pimple and blemishes, I couldn't hide that day. I got a little nervous. I've always kept my makeup application simple so I never really leave the house barefaced. I've been known use a little makeup even when hiking or on beach days. For the SPF, of course! I'm generally a confident person, but today, my confidence was tied directly to how I would be presenting my bare face to the world.
You are left very vulnerable if makeup has been a clutch throughout the years. And, yes, it can be scary putting it all out there for the world to see. I believe that is how many women of any age define their need for makeup. Makeup itself doesn't define a person, but makeup is directly tied to how it makes you feel. Women may need a boost or a little extra touch up here and there at different points of their lives for different reasons. There is no right or wrong answer. There is no more beautiful from one person to another. The reasoning behind the makeup should be left to the person within.
I don't always want the hassle of my full makeup "routine" when I see my husband can roll out of bed and be out the door in less than 15 minutes, but I personally enjoy the results of that little extra effort in my mornings. It's that little confidence boost of not worrying about that pimple in my meetings or those blemishes when I'm out. By the end of the day when most of the make up has worn off and is washed away, I know I am still the same person on the inside
Moisturizer, Serum, Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Blush, Bronzer, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Lipstick, Highlighter, Mascara. I walked into Sephora yesterday to buy a new eyeshadow and walked out an hour later with $100 worth of makeup I didn't necessarily need. I was first exposed to makeup at a young age. I grew up studying dance so I was always required to wear it for competitions or performances. In high school I started training classically, which meant I was wearing a leotard and tights everyday. That's also when I started wearing makeup everyday. I hated myself and my body, but at least my face could look pretty. I realized much later that it doesn't matter how flawless your skin looks, or how long your eyelashes are if you aren't happy on the inside. It's mind boggling that a multi billion dollar industry can be built on the foundation of women's insecurities. Insecurities that are fabricated by a team of marketing executives.
Is it ironic that I'm pursuing a career in marketing in the beauty industry? But why wouldn't I? Beauty standards have been shoved down my throat since I was a pre-teen. It's the one thing I can confidently say I'm an expert in. Talk about a vicious cycle. My hope is that I can play some small role in changing those standards of beauty. I'm a firm believer that when you look your best you feel your best. Makeup is fantastic when it is used to enhance natural beauty - not mask it. In my opinion, confidence is the best makeup.
Personally, I love makeup. I think that skincare is a ritual and way in which you express love for your own beauty (inside and out)! If you take good care of your skin (and limit exposure to sun), then makeup is just an added bonus. As I am now 30, I realize that I am much more careful about how I care for my skin - I want it to look, but even more importantly feel good.
I love putting on a little luminizer to highlight my cheekbones, mascara, and a lip color. It's funny how just a little touch of makeup can make such a difference in making a woman feel like they are pulled together. Wearing a lip color that I know and love, I always feel a boost of confidence, especially when I am in new and unfamiliar situations. Makeup, to me, is another way to tap into self expression and self love, by treating your skin to a little extra TLC. (it is your largest organ, after all!)
Many days I don’t wear any makeup, and many others I use just a quick dab of concealer and a swipe of eyeliner. I love using shea butter and argan oil on my skin, and I’m trying to remember to wear sunscreen on sunny days! However, it’s important to me to not feel like I need makeup to present my face to the world. However, I love having the option to brighten up my look on an early morning, or dress up in the evening with bold red lipstick. I also always have fun with wild makeup on Halloween and for themed parties! As long as it stays fun and doesn’t become a necessity, I really enjoy playing around with makeup.
As a 6th grader I remember putting makeup on at the school bus stop away from the watchful eye of my mother, blue eyeliner, blue eye shadow, pink lipgloss. I am ever grateful that selfies did not exist yet.
As a teenager I was a practiced goth, imitating the finest makeup artists in history with nods to Japanese kabuki and 1920’s film stars like Louise Brooks. I actually wore theatre makeup to work and school everyday and would have been really troubled to be seen without it.
In my 20’s and 30’s my makeup shifted to daytime professional, but club nights reverted right back the look I’d perfected - epic cat eyes and red babydoll lips. It was all very daytime Selina Kyle, Catwoman by night.
Thinking about it now, I believe wearing makeup as a young person was as much to try on new characters and personalities. I’m now my own person, no need to be anyone else, so the role of makeup as mask, costume or cloak is less interesting. Now I wear makeup only when I need to be polished for work or evenings out, but today it’s light, more to glow than to play a role or act a part. I’m happiest in my own naked skin.
I love makeup. I hate that I rely on it.
Makeup is expensive and takes away from the natural beauty that we have been blessed with and given. But there are so many different things you can do with makeup. So many different aspects to it an many different styles.
The power of makeup is truly amazing especially when it comes to photos you can cover up anything but also create beautiful masterpieces with it as well.
I love makeup because it's like a second wardrobe. I'm able to customize my looks to how I feel and want to be perceived each day. Like an accessory, I get to create looks that match my outfits and my attitude. My favorite part of my morning is drinking my coffee and watching my face transform with each stroke of my brush. My face is a canvas I get to create anew each morning.
I hate makeup because I feel like it's so expected in today's age. Sometimes I feel like letting my natural self show and I can't count the amount of times I've been asked if I don't feel well. I feel if we didn't have the expectation to be made up each day according to society and our culture, we'd be able to appreciate each other's beauty more thoroughly and intimately.
Make up is like music to me and I love rockin' all type of looks. My mood decides my make-up application, just like my mood decides the music I’m listening to. I’ll rock red lips and a smoky eye when I’m feeling sexy, some mascara with a light lip gloss when I’m chilled out and no make up at all when I’m feeling casual and relaxed.
Ahhh yes...make-up. It wasn't until I got into my 20's that make-up seemed pretty darn important. Constant run-ins with beautiful friends and their newest MAC collections peaked my interest, though it was never really my "thing". It made me feel like someone else.
I never wanted to be that person who took off my make-up at the end of the day and was unrecognizable. Women seemed to be hiding themselves behind it. So, a little eyeliner here, a little bronzer...some lip gloss there, that's how I would wear mine. I hated the raccoon eyes from the humidity during summer, much like my frizzy hair and after long nights of clubbing.
Fast forward to now. Almost 2 years ago I was diagnosed with uterine cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Much like myself other groups of women I'd met were going through the same journey of lost eyebrows and eye lashes and again make-up was there to cover up and make us all feel "normal", just like a safety blanket.
I thank God for not only being cancer free today but for instilling in me the confidence to go barefaced and to let women everywhere know, that no matter what tone, what hair, which eyebrows you have (or lack of), you are 100% special and no bronzer can take that away from you. Today, I challenge you all to feel beautiful in the skin that your in.
I have a love/hate relationship with make-up. I hate how make up perpetuates the idea that women must be “perfect” at all times. I sometimes see women wearing make up to go to the gym or hear how they're afraid to be in front of their significant other without make-up. We become obsessed with fitting into societies unrealistic standards on beauty.
However, I think make-up can also be used to enhance features we really like about ourselves. I love going out and wearing a lipstick color that makes my smile pop.
I love makeup because it gives you the opportunity to express yourself visually; same as fashion, and hair. Makeup allows you to look and feel differently than you would normally.
That being said, I believe, perfection is a disease of our nation. Woman and more importantly, young women, feel that they can only be perfect with makeup and that is what I hate about makeup. You should be happy and feel beautiful before you experiment with makeup, in my opinion.
Makeup is an amazing way to show self-expression, it enhances your beauty and it really is an art form when done correctly. I will never be able to give up makeup because of its versatility and the power I feel when I have the perfect wing eyeliner. However, there is a flipside, and that flipside is skincare.
Wearing makeup everyday, especially foundation can cause a bad reaction for some. In my mind, there is always a happy medium of light makeup and making sure to keep the skin moisturized, sunscreened, and makeup free. What's important is how you feel, whether you feel more confident with makeup or without, there is beauty there no matter what.
" My day to day relationship with make-up is similar to Kate's, I also wear blush and some mascara for a splash of color, but once in a while I enjoy bold colored lipstick. Wearing colors like parrot pink or orange popsicle speak to a more fun, open minded version of myself that comes to light when it's time to celebrate. I think that make-up, although completely unnecessary, can be used to highlight different moods and emotions that help navigate the many versions of ourselves." - Andrea Lubrano
"My routine consists of blush and a touch of mascara. Makeup or no makeup, I feel most beautiful when I spend time with the people I love." - Kate Fedosova
As an actress, I love wearing makeup because it allows me to play a range from 16-26, and upward with the right effects.
As a woman, the ability to appreciate my own natural beauty once I'd seen what makeup could do was something that took time, but as I've grown I've found even my natural, 'just woke up' face is beautiful, too.
There's a lot that I love and hate about makeup. For me personally, I was never a fan of face makeup simply because being bi-racial, it seemed like nothing ever matched my skin tone, nothing was ever for 'me'. In the process I learned to love my freckles and found out everyone around me did as well.
As for eye makeup, I love eye makeup because I've always been a fan of accentuating my eyes. Growing up, I would have these moments of jealousy of how come I never got my father's green eyes. Then over time I learned to love and appreciate my darker eyes, accentuating them with eyeliner, colorful eyeshadows, and mascara. They're my favorite feature on my face and I learned that as long as I loved them, it didn't matter what anyone else thought.
I think makeup is a beauty enhancer and to each is own. However, the less I'm wearing the prettier I feel.
I love makeup because it has the ability to brighten me up on days when I look as crummy as I feel. Mostly, I only wear black kohl, since it is tradition in my family and my culture. I've started wearing lipstick more because of my mother. I grew up seeing her wear dark lipstick everywhere. She dresses well even to go to the grocery store! I think it's a good habit. After all, you never know who you'll meet.
I used to think it was evident of a sexist society that most women wear makeup to boost their confidence, while men seem to be blessed with an annoying over-abundance of it. Now I just feel bad that there is still a stigma surrounding men and makeup. I think that is more sexist. Men would look gorgeous with some black eyeliner (Captain Jack anyone??!)
The concept of beauty to me is very moving. Everyone has there own perception of what beauty is. I don't consider myself flawless but I am beautiful. Many people use makeup to enhance their beauty. Honestly I know nothing of that world. My mom doesn't wear makeup( or if she did it was very little). She never taught me how to use so I never felt the need for it. I've always been too scared it would break out my skin anyways.
The most I have done is fill in my eyebrows and that is in itself very seldom. I'm a simple girl with a simple attitude. I like my life simple. If I have to spend an extra 30-45 minutes just to finish my makeup I'll be too tired and end up staying home lol.
I love my no makeup lifestyle. Tee shirt, sweatpants, sneakers, beanie… and I'm out the door. I'm beautiful… oh yeah and so is my mom with her no makeup self. P.S. I don't know how to put it on anyhow!
I love spending time on my makeup Friday and Saturday nights. Monday morning, the last thing I feel like/care about doing is taking the time to make sure my eyebrows are perfectly shaped.
For me, there is a time and place for a full face of makeup. With the exception of mascara and chapstick. Yea...the more I think about it...I would succumb in a zombie apocalypse without some mascara and chapstick
I have feel like I’m in an abusive relationship with make-up. I hate it. I love it. I know I could do better without it, but it just makes me feel so good. I actually just recently embraced make-up. I was a former plain-jane. Hardly ever wore it, and preferred to be a make-up free and ponytail kinda of girl. But as I have gotten older I appreciate how it enhances some features, hides some of my flaws and can turn up the amp (ironically, one of my favorite lipsticks is called Up the Amp) on my best features.
I normally wear make-up to work Monday through Thursday and Friday (thank you dress down Friday) through Sunday, I am make-up free. I absolutely LOVE shopping for make-up and then I’ll get home and play dress up and wonder if I’m just fooling myself that I could ever pull it off.
This year, I made a promise to myself that I would wear lipstick more often so I would stop feeling like a clown when I did wear it and just feel pretty. As you can tell, the love-hate thing with make-up is very real.
I love that as a woman I have the advantage of being able to conceal imperfections with makeup...I hate that as a woman our imperfections are expected to be concealed with make up
One of my earliest recollection as a child is watching and observing my Mom delicately apply her makeup in the mornings for work or for our family gatherings. I remember wishing that time would go quickly so I could be old enough to have my own makeup bag so I could play around with all the latest products, just like she did.
As most girls I assume, I would sneak into my mom’s bag and try use her eye shadows and mascara when she wasn’t looking. As I grew up and got to experiment with makeup, there’s nothing like glamming up in the morning and starting my day with glitz and glamour. However, there definitely is something liberating and natural about being bare face in the comfort of your home or out in the streets. Besides the fact that you let your skin breathe, people have the ability to appreciate and embrace a woman’s true beauty.
I think that after being this wonderful no-makeup series, I will not only go out more often with nothing but a natural glow on my face, but also feel more confident doing so.
I remember being a little girl, backstage at various dance recitals, filled with excitement the moment that I got to pop that bright red lipstick on and prance around in my tap shoes. I have always loved makeup. There’s something exciting about being able to tap into different parts of my personality and express that through my makeup, clothes, hair, etc.
I don’t hate “makeup” per se; I just hate the way that I feel about myself without it. I have sat here wondering when the hell the idea of not wearing makeup began to make me feel less beautiful. I hate the way makeup can be presented with an underlying subtext that tells women they are less beautiful without it. Every woman should feel beautiful and confident with or without makeup.
It felt incredibly liberating to spend an entire day without makeup for this photo series. To be honest, I was amazed at how quickly I forgot that I wasn’t wearing makeup. I’ve begun wearing less and less makeup in my day-to-day life as a result and have felt more and more comfortable and confident in my own skin. It feels so refreshing to be unapologetically myself and to embrace my “flaws.” I have also gained a whole new appreciation for the art of makeup and feel more excited to apply it rather than feeling that it’s something I HAVE to do.
As long as I can remember I have loved makeup! I would draw pictures of people, and the females always had red lipstick. When I was a little girl I used to watch my mother put on her makeup. I always wanted to wear lipstick. Sometimes she would put a little on me and I would just love it, I’d prance around the house and look in the mirror! I loved the scent of her Maja face powder and blush. I admired her skill in drawing in her eyebrows and darkening up the beauty spot on her cheek.
I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 15. Wearing makeup officially made you a young lady in my world. When I had my “Quinces” 15th birthday party, which is similar to a Sweet 16, I was allowed to wear makeup for the party and my aunt was the makeup artist that day. I was very excited and felt all grown up. I love makeup and I enjoy trying new things and experimenting with colors and styles. I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I own a ton of it. It is fun and it makes you feel dressed up. On the weekends I go totally natural with only moisturizer and chapstick! I love both my full made up face and my natural face!
I don't like makeup much. I feel as if it takes away from my natural beauty. I'd rather wear my freckles instead of trying to hide them. I guess that's just me.
Why I love makeup: I love it sometimes, not all the time. For special occasions when you need to dress up, or going somewhere nice, makeup helps polish your overall look. On regular days, I may just wear a little bit of makeup, be it face foundation and some mascara, just because. I love that sometimes makeup can transform the way I look or just enhance some features.
Why I hate makeup: I found out when I was younger that I have sensitive skin, so I have to be careful with what I use for makeup. It could make my skin puff up or give me a rash, which is a pain. Also, it can be a little time consuming putting the stuff on. On the days I put on barely nothing, it probably takes me 10 minutes. On days I put "my whole face on" it could take around 30 minutes. Then, before going to bed, I try to scrub it all off and in the end I do not get it all. Waking up in the morning, I find myself scrubbing more off. It really takes a few days for all of it to go away with the way my skin is.
I don’t like makeup and its everyday usage in our culture. When I was younger, having a mother who was a makeup artist made it seem unavoidable. I used to feel like I needed to wear it to get noticed, to “fit in.” I knew how unhealthy these thoughts were, so I decided to break them. I went a year without wearing any makeup. These were some of the most rejuvenating times for my self image, a breath of fresh air.
When I wear makeup, I feel more self conscious. I find myself needing to check up on it constantly; asking myself, “Is it running? Am I wearing too much blush?” Stupid things we shouldn’t be concerning ourselves with when life is so short. Yes, it can make me feel very pretty in certain situations, but I don’t prefer wearing makeup. I like the thought of being exactly who I am. There’s no need for me to be anyone else, I couldn’t be if I tried. What you see is what you get.
Aside from your new waterproof mascara that you can party all night in, or that bronzer that gives you that sun-kissed touch in the middle of winter, what do you really care about? At the end of the day, it’s what’s inside that really matters. We can’t improve our looks as we get older, but we can always improve who we are as people and the mark we leave on this earth. Let your experiences make up your life.
When I was younger I wore much more makeup than I do now. I wanted to look older, to cover my flaws, and to make myself look like someone else. As I got older, makeup became something I used to enhance my natural beauty.
During the summer, I usually just wear some mascara to make my eyelashes longer to look younger. I will use some cover up just for covering acne and some powder to help polish the skin to make it appear smoother. In winter I'll add a bit of blush so I don't look so pale. I do not like or use liquid foundations anymore because they feel heavy. I also think it settles in my wrinkles and makes me appear older. I also feel makeup irritates my skin and makes my acne worse. It also is quite expensive and a pain to wash off.
Makeup is fun to use if you want to change your look, making you appear older or younger. I feel more comfortable wearing less and less as I've became more confident in myself. I feel a confident woman is what makes a woman beautiful, makeup or no makeup.
I really enjoy the versatility of makeup, but I also love being able to take it off and be naturally beautiful.
I like makeup because it can show girls they're beautiful even when they think they are not. I dislike makeup because you cannot really show what you truly look like under all that makeup; it’s always nice to go a few days with out makeup to show off your natural facial features.
I've never really been a big makeup girl, probably because my cluelessness and unsteady hand usually led to some colorful disaster on my face. I feel so much prettier without makeup. I actually hate the weight of makeup and how it makes you feel as if you can't be free, for fear it might rub off on someone or on your clothes.
When I do wear makeup it’s usually a little blush, some eyeshadow and a touch of mascara; it’s very natural, unless I am on stage filming, then I will wear foundation. I feel liberated when I can finally rub makeup wipes over my face and rid myself of that weight.
Nonetheless, I just recently started having more fun with makeup, especially lipstick. It's so grown on me. I love choosing a color based on my mood or what kind of statement I want to make when I go out. Still, I think its important to love the blank canvas, because that is the true masterpiece. I love being naturally me!
I love not wearing makeup, I feel so fresh and so clean, clean. But I love wearing a little bit because it makes me feel pretty. :)
No makeup to me means simply natural beauty. The idea of being a part of the No-Makeup photo shoot realized a deep longing for just being me, like it or not - letting go of the social culture that conform an ideal of tainted beauty.
I believe in the message projected in this shoot and appreciate the invaluable message behind it. Women should be rebels of natural beauty and not give in to stereotype of what women should look like. We should love ourselves for who we are, instead of what society wants us to be or how it wants’ us to look!
Be free, be beautiful – with no makeup
I love makeup as a form of self expression. I've had the pleasure of working with professionals from the beauty industry and they are wonderful artists and scientists. I believe people should do what they like, what makes them feel good. If that's makeup, that's awesome. If it isn't, that's cool. I don't believe in "brain washing" on a mass scale and I think the individual is responsible for which beauty products he or she uses to express and/or care for him or herself.
I wear makeup as a professional actor/model at work but don't always prefer it for my everyday life. I love the idea of adornment and celebration of the self, or expression of ideas through fashion and beauty as artistic mediums. I love the ritual of being a performer where the transformation stage in makeup/wardrobe is such a key moment for me.
Never mind the fact that every time I have a full face of makeup (i.e foundation, concealer, eye shadows, powders etc.) my face inevitably breaks out the next day. I do think makeup is a pretty cool enhancement.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all about the natural look. I love a beautiful bare face; I go towards that look primarily. However, I do find myself enjoying the art in applying color components to the face that enhance your features, when done the right way; that's cool with me.
I don't necessarily "love" makeup but I have also just started wearing makeup about one year ago. I've always been a plain jane for most of my life with wearing makeup only for special occasions. I have just realized that my eyebrows are thinning and now I feel like I need to always fill them in with an eyebrow pencil whenever I leave the house, which I know sounds pretty sad, but it is amazing how we are socially conditioned to think that we look even "more" beautiful with makeup on.
I still do not go full on five layers of makeup. My makeup consists of just eye color and lip gloss. No foundation for me, even though I have tons of blemishes. I love my plain jane Jlo as much as done up Jlo
There is something transforming about makeup. There’s nothing like the feeling that a pair of fake eyelashes and a swipe of red lipstick gives me; I feel empowered, ready to take on the world. It’s funny how just that little bit of extra confidence can help you to believe a little bit more in yourself. I like to use makeup as a fun way to express my true self, the many different sides that encompass who I am as a whole.
The disadvantage of makeup is how the ads that sell it, portray perfection. In a world of airbrushing and Photoshop, I’m concerned about the images that we are showing to the girls of the next generation. Is it really more important to look incredible, or, to be curious about the world around you and how you can make your mark in that world?
I’ve always loved makeup. Not so much the face makeup that all guys get upset by due to a female's insensitivity to fresh white t-shirts. I'm talking about the eye makeup, the colors, the mascara.
I'm not one of the girls who believes makeup is a necessity. It's an accessory, and like all accessories must be used to compliment what's already there. Some women think makeup is a way to cover up and attempt to blend in; however, I see it as another dimension to our personalities. Plus, there's nothing more mysterious and sexy about a pretty mouth in a flawless deep red or an eyeliner that kills with one look.
When I wear makeup it’s fun because it feels like art on my face; however, it also feels like putting junk on my face, so I only do it for special occasions. In addition, makeup looks best on healthy skin and for skin to be healthy you need to let the pores breath!
I love makeup but it’s nice to be free every now and then. <3 <3
In a world of no makeup, confidence makes up for makeup
I don't like the idea of putting artificial, chemical, or drying things on my face!
Makeup is pretty cool in the sense that you can play with it. You can mix colors, add some stuff, take away some stuff and make it all your own. If you play your cards right, a little can go along way. And there is SO MUCH out there! But I believe that a woman should have her staples; mine are lipstick, mascara, eyeliner and shadow.
I hate makeup because too much of any one thing is not good. We live in a society that encourages flawlessness and perfection and I think that is detrimental. We all have flaws, and while one should be able to enhance their appearance, hiding is something else. We should be encouraged to embrace our imperfections, not shun them, and sometimes makeup is an enemy. While makeup can help, it also can hurt.
I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. Mostly because of my sensitive skin, but also, taking the time to apply it. When I was younger makeup made me feel more confident. Now I see it as art. I still think it’s bad for your skin. Without makeup I feel more clean and free without having to worry about touching up. Also, I see who really likes me for my natural self versus my made up self
I'm Armenian. Eye liner and mascara are all that exist to me. Maybe a little lip gloss but the REAL makeup? High mother fucking heels ;)
I was never one for war paint. I think, when I was younger, it was more of a feminist rebellion, the same reason I didn't get my ears pierced. In my mind, NOT doing the things that society made standard for females, made me stand out as a confident woman who didn't need to conform to anyone’s idea on what a girl should or shouldn't look like.
After some more growing up, it became an issue of just plain not wanting or needing to put on makeup; shit, I don't even know how! I'm fortunate to have a decent complexion, and I like the way I look sans makeup. I have freckles sprinkled across my nose, big eyes, and an italian nose; I think all those things compliment me just fine without any help."
I still stand strong in those values today. I think finding beauty within yourself is crucial. We don't need all these illusions to make us pretty, we are pretty. We're fucking gorgeous creatures, every one of us. No matter what size, shape, or color we may be, we are all beautiful.
It’s a shame that society has made women completely afraid of true beauty. We need to stand up and take back the pretty!
I love makeup because you can enhance your best features and cover your “flaws” or when you want to be glam. Day to day, though, I’ve found I get the most compliments when I don’t wear makeup or when I’m not “trying so hard”. So maybe those “flaws” matter only to me.
I’ve worn lipstick since I was 13 years old and soon after fell for eyeliner, and then slowly for eyeshadow, mascara and now blush. I love makeup for its ability to send you to another place inside yourself. Some simple red on your lips, wings on your eyes, or whatever, can make you feel brand new without changing too much. What I hate about makeup is how it is used to gently reinforce ridiculous standards of beauty. I don’t like when makeup becomes a mask. I like to look at it as war paint, adornment for that day’s particular battle.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with make up. In my every day life I hardly ever wear it, but love the way I look when I see my face all made up. I think you have to practice moderation when it comes to make up. I never want to hide behind it. Make up is intended to enhance what God has already blessed us with!
90% of the time, in my everyday life, I don’t wear makeup and highly prefer not to. I’m not only a tomboy, but in the fitness industry, and even when going out I would rather look natural. Maybe a fancy event or dressing up, fine, but the gym? Negative! If a girl doesn’t look like the same person without makeup on, there’s an issue! I’ve always been out of the loop with my female friends as far as the hottest makeup, the newest brands, the best coverup, the coolest eyeshadows. I honestly have never even owned mascara.
On a lighter note, I minored in art and love drawing and painting; therefore, I do appreciate the creative design aspect of it. I respect those who excel in doing it as an occupation! I just feel like the majority of girls need to be more comfortable in their own skin on a daily basis! :)
Makeup is fun, it’s exciting and it’s creative. But there’s also nothing better than a natural beauty. No pretense, no coverups, just you: naked and beautiful!
I hate to wear makeup because I feel like many people use it as a mask to hide behind. I think everyone should be comfortable in their own skin. I also believe that society is placing some unreasonable expectations on women today to fit the “supermodel” mold. We should be able to accept ourselves as we are. Beauty is meant to be natural!
I have tired eyes. Because of this, I like to wear a small amount of makeup to conceal the lack of sleep; it makes me appear slightly more vibrant in my pale skin. I enjoy a natural look so a minimal amount (of makeup) is all that I need.
To me, makeup has two important uses; It helps make me not look tired and it helps me feel like a badass. My eyes are one of my favorite features, so I appreciate when they look fresh and well rested (which they usually are not). When I’m going out, I love throwing on lots of smudgy black eyeliner and a bunch of mascara. It makes me feel like a rockstar, and who doesn’t want to feel like that?
Sometimes I feel like I’m just painting my face. And then I think, “This is stupid. Why am I painting my face? When did this become the norm for women? Why are there expectations for women to look perfect when guys get to walk down the street paint free and we still think they’re hot?” But then I remember how much fun it is to feel like a rockstar, and I smile to myself, thinking that I get to wear loads of eyeliner and no one thinks it’s weird.
Makeup can help change your look, your mood, your personality. When i'm feeling blah, sometimes just getting ready and putting makeup on helps me to feel ready for the day. Or when I'm going out for the night, it helps to set the mood and how I may act for the night - demure, classy, flirty, sassy...makeup is almost like a costume or a character I take on, allowing me to tap into other areas of my personality. I think I learn about myself that way too.
Makeup, unfortunately can be used to bury who we are because of insecurities. I think I'm guilty of even using at as crutch. To cover up things I don't like about myself. Society can make you feel like you should even think about leaving the house without it; especially after seeing magazine after magazine exploiting "Celebrities without Makeup," as a negative thing, but then have an article on the "10 Things You Can Do To Love Yourself," it's a very confusing world.
I actually don’t wear makeup so much anymore, which is funny because I absolutely adore makeup and spend way too much money on it! But my face, and others, is my canvas. I do my makeup when I feel inspired; it's a fun outlet to create something new.