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26 February 2015

On natural beauty

Let's take a minute to talk about beauty.
This Buzzfeed article came across my feed recently, and honestly it had me pretty angry. 

"Just really, really good make up" the tagline reads. As I was scrolling through the pictures I felt myself feeling more and more annoyed. Most of these women are so much more beautiful without all that makeup on their faces!

Without spending too much time up on my soap box, this article just feeds into the already impossible pressure young girls and women feel to be a certain kind of "beautiful" in today's society. When you do a getty search for natural makeup you end up with this. RIDICULOUS. 

There was once a time in college when I spent hours contouring, shading and reapplying eye liner until it looked just perfect. I would watch makeup tutorials for hours and then inevitably end up feeling defeated because I didn't look like the woman in the video. Now, however, I find as I'm getting older, I really prefer a much more natural look. Among other reasons, I think minimal makeup actually makes you look younger than a full face. The dewy look of a tinted moisturizer, natural blush and subtle liner is just so understated and sophisticated. 

Don't get me wrong, makeup is fun. I love a good lipstick or a smoky eye for a date night or special event, but I believe day to day should be more effortless. I think it is important for women to remember that what makes them different is what makes them beautiful. Whenever I'm feeling down about my looks, I like to tell myself "You were born with a beautiful face" (Try it! It really works!)

Here are some women that are doing natural beauty just perfectly:

Alex.
Q: Who is your beauty inspiration?
A: All of the cliche classics: Audrey, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor. They make it effortless.
Q: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
A: 20 minutes. Ensemble selection is another 10.

Emily.
Q: What feature do you love most about yourself?
A: In that picture? My hair!! All gone now :(
Q: What is your most essential beauty product?
A: Good shampoo and conditioner- PUREOLOGY!!

Ashley.
Q: Who is your beauty inspiration?
A: I don't really have one. I just think about color and aesthetics. It takes me usually 10 minutes to get ready.
Q: What feature do you love most about yourself?
A: I would say my ability to create.

Emma.
Q:What is your most essential beauty product?
A: Deodorant- LAVANILA.
Q: When do you feel the most beautiful?
A: I feel most beautiful when I'm in nature. (All the nature emojis)


Aly.
Q: Who is your beauty inspiration?
A: I honestly do not have a particular beauty inspiration. I am inspired by those who have a natural look and do not wear a lot of makeup. I am inspired by those who promote healthiness.
Q: When do you feel the most beautiful?
A: Right after I work out.

Anna.
Q: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
A: Uh, like 20 minutes...probably.
Q: What feature do you love most about yourself?
A: My sense of humor...or do you mean physical?

Amanda.
Q: When do you feel the most beautiful?
A: I would say during a workout. I love working out and helping my body. And of course on a Saturday night, all dolled up! :)
Q: What is your most essential beauty product?
A: FC5 daily moisturizer, spf 15 and Chapstick.


What do you guys think? Do you prefer a more made up look or something minimal? Do you have a daily routine? No makeup at all? One product you can't live without?

My aunts and mother:
Left to right: Madeline, Barbara, Michelle, Nancy (my mom).


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