Loving Yourself

Love yourself; naked, vulnerably, bare. That is you. Embrace it. 

No filter. No makeup. I decided to stop wearing make up about a year and a half ago; even though I tried and looked for the least amount of chemicals and most natural alternatives. I wanted to love myself – as I woke up in the morning; without the bells and whistles. Without the heels and mascara/lipstick. Just as I naturally am; because let’s face it, we get told by everything (i.e. Movies, Ads, and even people around us) that the only way to look good/nice is by looking very put together… Almost perfect. My mum is also a believer of this mentality, so I grew up with a lot of pressure to look a certain way. After I decided to stop wearing makeup, I fought with my own feelings of worth/self love.

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And I realized that my biggest enemy, was myself. I believed that I couldn’t be loved/liked unless I looked a certain way, and I think overcoming this was the biggest step I took. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. It took time, getting used to it, and adapting to (what sounds ridiculous) my face. I wasn’t used to just being OK with a bare face. The word naked comes to mind; and it felt that way. By the way;

I don’t think women/men that wear makeup are doing anything wrong –  it’s a choice.

I just realized I hadn’t made that choice, it was made for me. I got told I should do it, so I did it. And once I realized this, I was able to change it. I’m so happy now seeing how far I’ve come. It sounds silly, but getting used to something new always takes time. And more when it goes so deep as to affect our self worth or acceptance. I do believe wearing a little bit of makeup for a job interview and special occasions is great (for me), I feel it looks professional (and there’s actually studies that prove this) but otherwise, I’m much happier without it.

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So whether you wear it or not wear it…. As long as you are happy with YOURSELF; that is all that matters! As long as it doesn’t affect your self worth, how much you love yourself, and you don’t feel like you need it to survive the day – you should be fine; because let’s face it; we don’t need makeup. We’re all amazing and beautiful just as we come out of the shower.

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