Earlier this year my dad challenged me not to wear any makeup besides the bare minimum. His challenge kind of blindsided me at first, NO eyeliner? NO eyeshadow? NO redlipstick? The idea horrified me to say the least.
The first day was rough. I looked in the mirror and saw all my imperfections staring back at me. I wanted my makeup to hide them, I needed my mask.
As the days turned into weeks, I realized recently that I kind of like me without a face-full of makeup. Going without makeup has actually made me more confident. I didn't expect that honestly.
Now society would tell me otherwise. It seems that today we need a makeup product for everything. We MUST look perfect for every occasion and oh the horror if we leave the house before powdering our nose.
That's not to say that we should go around looking like slobs, quite the opposite rather. I'm simply stating that who is society to tell me what I must be? And who is society to dictate a so called idea of perfection?
Natural is beautiful. I love my red lipstick. I always have and I always will, but sometimes it's nice to just be me. To put aside the mask of makeup, to rebel against society's standards of beauty, and to just be me. No makeup, no masks, just me.
"I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14
And you dear girl, don't need to hide behind a mask of makeup. With or without makeup you are beautiful and fearfully and wonderfully made.