My journey, Personal Development, Self Development

The no makeup revolution has started!

“I hope to God it’s a revolution,…” Alicia Keys says. “…Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

Exactly two years ago, I wrote an article called “I’m free! Makeup free!” and only today I feel that this message is starting to catch on and that a revolution of embracing natural beauty is beginning to take shape.

I haven’t worn makeup for the past two years and only now I can say that I truly feel free in my own skin. I do not feel uncomfortable seeing my bare face as I walk out the door to go to work or a formal event. I don’t notice my small imperfections when I look in the mirror and I enjoy splashing my face with cold water at work or scratching my eyes without worrying that my mascara will smear all over my face. I enjoy letting out tears anytime and anywhere without thinking that my makeup will run down my face.

It is amazing that now I can get ready to go out in record time and enjoy sleeping longer in the morning. I love it that I do not have to worry about forgetting my makeup kit when I go in vacation and that I stopped spending money on so many chemical products. Because I stopped wearing makeup, my skin cleared up and it looks healthy and fresh. I am now able to appreciate the light colour of my natural lips and my naturally pale cheeks. Without makeup, I feel bold, free and completely empowered.

As I look around, I see more and more women removing their “masks” and saying no to covering up and to hiding imperfections. I see women loving more and more their freckles, their occasional skin imperfections and their natural skin colour. Every time I see a bare face, I cannot help but see beauty and think of how beautiful we really are!

A few weeks ago, I came across an essay written by Alicia Keys, who vowed to stop covering up. Her quote mentioned at the beginning of this post, brought chills down my spine. It resonates so much with my current state of mind and what I tried to communicate to the world and myself by not wearing makeup. Even Chez Pink Elephant was a project born out of the desire not to cover up anymore. I needed to speak aloud about my emotional challenges that I see so often in other people and how we can all become a better version of ourselves.

Alicia Keys dared to be the first artist to appear makeup free in an official music video “In Common” and at the 2016 BET Awards. Other celebrities are starting to follow this trend and to dare be their “imperfect selves” without fearing what others will say. In a world where Photoshop and consumerism are the norm, where we are constantly told what to wear and how we should look like, I dare call this a revolution!

However, this should not be a revolution led only by celebrity women, but a revolution led by all women around the world. The “beauty” industry, as well as the media, changed our self-perception and told us repeatedly that we need to cover up our dark circles and freckles, that we need longer and thicker eyelashes and that we need to change the colour of our eyelids, lips and cheeks. And all of this was put under the slogan: “Because we’re worth it”. I think a woman’s worth is much more than this and we deserve much more than expensive chemical products to cover ourselves up. I sincerely hope that the cosmetics industry will soon become outdated and that women will realise more and more the sexist messages used to promote these products.

I hope that a new fashion trend will catch on. A fashion trend that is raw, original and real. A fashion trend that will tell women and young girls to be themselves and that they should embrace their appearance just the way it is. A fashion trend that is comfortable and kind to our skin and bodies. A fashion trend that lets us be ourselves.

When it comes to fashion, we are all looking to be as original as possible, unfortunately during this process, we tend to forget that what is most original is in fact our true selves. All that makeup does is to take away what makes us unique and blends us in with everyone else.

Until then, I will let Alicia Keys’ words describe the feeling of not covering up: “I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.”

I truly hope you will have the courage to experiment it for yourself!

Photo credits: Frida Kahlo. Self Portrait with Cropped Hair

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