Every time a celebrity posts a “no makeup” selfie on Instagram, or appears in a glamorous bare-faced magazine shoot, – bam – they’re immediately applauded and called “brave” and heroic for embracing their “natural beauty”.
Surely I don’t have to tell you I find this whole concept ridiculous.
I spend a lot of my life wearing makeup. I also spend a lot of my life not wearing makeup.
I like myself in makeup, and I also like the way I look without it. End. Of. story.
So to open my browser and see “natural” celebrities, like The Hills’ Lo Bosworth, in unbelievably flattering light, with perfectly coiffed hair (and probably a lot of retouching to be honest), staring back at me insinuating that we should all be happy with the way we look sans makeup, is not only offensive, it’s hugely hypocritical. (Post continues after gallery.)
If they must preach to me that being au naturel is somehow a superior way to live; that’s their choice, but at least show me warts and all au naturel.
Below is a picture of myself from last night. I have no makeup on. You may notice I have bags under my eyes and if you look closely, you’ll also notice a pimple on my cheek and a couple of acne scars. Oh, and my hair could probably do with a wash, too. Ta-da.
THAT is what “no makeup” looks like, minus the styling and the wind machine.
Perfectly retouched celebrities pedaling the view that I should try to feel better about myself without makeup on just feels like another unattainable carrot dangled in front of my eyes, willing me to feel bad about the way I am, and what I like doing.
While more realistic photos of celebrities without makeup aren’t likely to pop up anytime soon (they’ve got images to maintain, people), I still don’t feel like refraining from wearing a shred of lipgloss or eyeshadow makes you somehow a better or truly beautiful person - inside and out.