If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably seen that the #NoMakeup trend has taken over with over 14 million tags on Instagram. There are stunning women from all over ditching the doe-eyed and done-up face for a more natural, bare beauty. For myself, I look at these images and think “well, that’s great but none of these women have acne scars like me or sparse eyebrows like me…” and the comparison goes on.
So, I decided to quit the complaining and truly celebrate MY beauty, owning the woman that I am. Nothing is sexier than a woman comfortable in her own skin, right?! Check out this inspiring list of women OWNING the #NoMakeup trend and think about joining in!
Alicia Keys has really been at the forefront of this whole trend. She announced that she would no longer be wearing makeup in her private or public life after she noticed a no-makeup selfie initiated a spark of positivity over social media. In a recent issue of Lenny Letter, Alicia said “Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup,” she wrote. “These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”
Anyone else tired of the anxiety? Me, too! In response to the movement, women have also started posting photos of their scars, stretch marks, and cellulite to promote body-love.
Any Bachelorette fans out there? Kaitlyn Bristowe introduced her own ‘#realstagram’ movement and it is AWESOME. Just like Alicia, Kaitlyn and some of her other Bachelor friends have gone makeup free.
Becca was inspired by Kaitlyn’s #realstagram and decided to also help spread the love.
In honor of @kaitlynbristowe and her new podcast, I wanted to join her by posting a #realstagram. I see a lot of comments of people putting themselves down, or comparing themselves to other people. I am guilty of it too- but guess what? I have pores. I have cellulite. I have dark spots and break outs, and this isn’t even my real hair. I love the glam and the fun and the amazing photos, but when you are looking at those, please remember those aren’t always reality. Thank you Kaitlyn for being brave to start such a powerful and important movement! I am proud of you! ❤️
Jade is in on the movement, too!
Following by example of @kaitlynbristowe and posting a picture of a real moment, not a perfectly curated and photoshopped Instagram photo. This is of me today running errands (In which, by the way, I forgot my cards at home and had to leave sacks full of groceries at the check out behind, completely embarrassing. 😖) unfiltered, no make-up, greasy hair, and wearing a work out hoodie that is now way too small for my growing belly. This is the person the people closest to me get to see, when my guard is down and I can just be me. Listen though, to be honest, I looove Instagram. I love finding inspiration from beautifully photographed pics; but, when depression has increased in young girls and teen girls by 70% because of the real life comparison to Instagram perfection, we aren’t doing our job right. Instagram is pretend, it is a form of escapism, and we need to teach our children what they see isn’t the whole picture. I also believe we need to be reminding them of the truth that real beauty comes from the heart. That instilling principles such as honesty, integrity, human dignity, service, growth, patience, nurturance, and encouragement, amongst others is what makes a heart beautiful. These principles applied are what truly make the world a beautiful place, and we all have the potential to unlock them within ourselves. Also, we ALL have physical beauty, whether we meet this modern “standard” society has created or not, we are all uniquely made and that’s soo beautiful. Find that thing that makes you uniquely you and celebrate it! I hope this movement continues and inspires people to post real pictures and moments of life every so often, to lift the veil of this perfectly crafted pretend land we call Instagram and to show a little of our human vulnerability. 💗 #realstagram
This blue-eyed beauty has posted dozens of makeup-free selfies. Can you say fearless? Gwyneth is a huge proponent of clean, healthy living and has her own lifestyle site called Goop, promoting raw health.
Similar to Gwyneth, Cameron Diaz very often goes makeup-less and is known for rocking the bare face. She also has her own book called Longevity, a book on the science of aging and how to keep yourself in tip-top shape, body, mind and spirit.
Feeling inspired? There are thousands of women baring their beauty just like these celebs above. Want a challenge but still not sure if you can completely go #NoMakeup? Try exclusively using concealer one day, and no eye-makeup the next. Sometimes I limit myself to just a dab of blush and curl my eyelashes.
Surround yourself with positive influences on social media and check out Kim Kardashian’s makeup-free shoot with Vogue and Gisele’s bare face on the cover of Pop Magazine.
I would love to see your #NoMakeup selfies! Try posting one on Instagram or posting in the comments section below.