FIRST OF ALL...
thanks to those of you who took my survey!
I have over ONE HUNDRED responses so far!
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Now back to today's post.
As someone who loves taking pictures and looking at pictures and printing pictures, it has always bothered me when people, usually females, refuse to be in pictures. Usually what I hear is that they can't be in the picture because they don't look good. Why don't they look good? Because they aren't wearing makeup. "Don't take one of me right now!" they say, hiding their face. "I'm not wearing any makeup."
So then what you have are a bunch of pictures, and none of them are of you. It's as if you were never even there. All because you didn't want to show your face without a bit of mascara.
Before some of you start freaking out, let me be clear: I don't hate makeup. I wear makeup, and I like wearing it when I want to look especially nice or be fancy or professional for work or whathaveyou. I don't think makeup is the devil, and I'm not saying we should all look like homeless slobs. But I don't wear makeup all the time, and more importantly, I don't feel like I have to wear makeup. I even went to work last Friday with no makeup on at all. Mostly because I woke up late, and then I forgot.
I've seen bloggers post pictures and apologize for the way they look. "Sorry I look so terrible," they say. "I'm not wearing any makeup. I just got back from the gym."
Um, aren't you supposed to look like crap when you get back from the gym? That's kind of the point. (Don't even get me started on girls who cake on the glittery eyeshadow to go running.)
Why do we think wearing makeup is what makes us beautiful?
Of course, it's true. Sometimes I look better than others. Some pictures I like better than others. Sometimes I feel prettier than other times. I'm not brimming out my ears with self-confidence, and there are a lot of times I don't feel beautiful. In general, I think I have terrible skin, and I don't really like people touching my face or getting too close to it, Jordan included.
But I always take the opportunity to be in a picture, whether or not I'm wearing makeup.
If I'd been too scared to take a picture shortly after waking up, in my sweats with no makeup, I would have missed out on this photo gem last week when my grandma was visiting from Illinois for Thanksgiving:
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.
Do you feel beautiful without makeup?
Do you jump in pictures or shy away from them?