It’s been over a month since I did a photoshoot without makeup and posted it to Instagram.
This may not seem like a big deal to you. And honestly, it shouldn’t. But for someone who’s struggled with their skin from a young age, and who has gotten used to the safety of foundation, it was. I had been wearing foundation to cover my blemishes, acne, and uneven skin tone since I was 15. I was not used to anyone seeing me au natural.
It started when a new coworker of mine said: “I never wore foundation to work until I saw that you did.”
And I was like: DO I NEED FOUNDATION TO FEEL STRONG AND EMPOWERED AND BEAUTIFUL AT WORK?!
Guys, I think you know what the answer was.
The next day I went to work with no face makeup, save for some brow gel and a couple swipes of mascara. And you know what? No one noticed. I came home, set up my tripod and camera, and took some photos of myself. I needed to prove to myself that while I love makeup, I don’t need it; there’s a difference. I’m beautiful without it. And I can absolutely post photos of myself on Instagram with my totally bare skin.
To say I was overwhelmed with the comments I got on my post is an understatement. Let it be known that this experiment wasn’t me looking for validation from anyone other than myself. Everyone has hang ups, whether we understand their insecurities or not. My skin is one of mine, and posting a foundation-free selfie was something I’d never done before.
Here are some of the responses I got:
You inspire me to love my skin, flaws and all 💕
I could not figure out what was different between this pic and ur others.. I actually had to read ur caption to find out! So I think that goes to further highlight that often what we see is a lot different (& unfortunately often a lot more harsh) than how others perceive us!…We don’t get to choose our skin, our nose, our height, our teeth… but we do get to choose our attitude and actions and kindness… so I’m also learning to let that speak for me/define me rather than the former given traits.
Imperfection is unique and often the most beautiful ❤️
What I learned from these comments, and what we can learn from sharing our self-doubts and worries, is that we’re *not the only ones*.
But most importantly, we learn to be kinder to ourselves and to others. We learn that what we see and pick apart in the mirror is vastly different than how the people we love see us. We learn that those little flaws don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. They don’t matter more than our resilience, our compassion, our wit, our drive, and our dreams.
How I’m feeling now:
I am super proud to say I’ve maybe only worn foundation twice to work since posting those photos. I’ve barely even thought about it. In fact, if anything, I feel more empowered, confident, and secure in myself.
So will you join me in being open about the things we’re self-conscious about? Pop into the comments below and share one thing you’re insecure about – and FIVE other things you LOVE about yourself. And then remind yourself that you are so damn beautiful – every single piece of you.