My skin is not perfect. I had freckles when I was little (… still do when I get enough sun in the summer) and I still get zits from time to time.
And that’s ok.
My name is Christina and I am comfortable with my naked face! There are a lot of people (mostly women, I’m sure) who get squeamish about leaving the house without make-up. It doesn’t worry me.
Sure, I put on a bit of (sheer) foundation in the morning and I like to throw on mascara to brighten up my eyes… but I don’t need it. I don’t feel naked or wretched without it. I look like myself. I have the same face on at work as I do when I wake up in the morning.
What you see is what you get, kind people. I try to treat my skin kindly, get enough sleep and smile. When I’m smiling a real smile, I’m quite pretty. Sure, there are days when I’m like, “OH MY GOD, THAT IS THE MOST DISGUSTING WHITEHEAD EVAR!” but there are also days when I roll out of bed and seriously consider going natural for the day. (And I have, quite a few times.)
Some people have wondered why I don’t bother with make-up.
Well, my mom was never a big make-up user, so I never felt compelled to play in her lipsticks… but I also feel like my parents may have help build my self-esteem to a point that I’ve never felt the need to change how I look to please someone.
Don’t get me wrong… I like to look nice. I wax my eyebrows (just a bit to tame them) and I keep my hair brushed so I look acceptable, but I’ve never felt like my skin had to be perfect to have a good day. I’ve never felt that my eyelashes were too short or my face too freckled. (Ok, I might have hated my freckles for approximately 5 seconds during my youth.) But if someone couldn’t like me because I didn’t fit the look they expected, why the hell should I care to be accepted by them?
Oh yes, I’m wild and free!
Anyway, this has led me to the belief that make-up should never be the first thing someone notices about you. (If someone remembers your black rimmed eyes only for being black rimmed, you did something terribly wrong.) It should be used only to accentuate the things that make you unique and beautiful. It should never be used to blend in or look just like everyone else.
And you should always remember… what society perceives as imperfections are actually the things that make you perfectly you. ;)