Celebrating Natural Beauty

Remember a Gosh, I admired this woman so much for doing this.few years back when Jamie Lee Curtis posed in a magazine unretouched, with no make up? (Actually, I just looked it up, it was in 2002. Yikes. I’m old.)

Anyhoo, I’ve been thinking about that a lot, lately, because the subject of beauty has come up recently with my (almost) seven year old daughter, Kiddo. This kid is bright and observant and has a lot of opinions on a lot of things. One of them that she’s expressed recently is about make up. I was standing in the mirror a few weeks ago, getting ready to go out. CBG was in town, and I had taken the day off work to spend with him. Kiddo was watching my every move.

“Mommy, why are you putting on so much make up and doing your hair up so fancy? It’s not like you’re even going to work or anything.”

“Well, Kiddo, I like wearing make up and doing my hair.”

“You know, Mommy, I like it when you don’t wear make up and just leave your hair normal. It’s your natural beauty.

Wow. I hadn’t realized that she was watching watching me so closely like that. In the last few weeks, lots of talk of “natural beauty” has come up. Kiddo is really noticing women who wear “too much makeup who don’t show their natural beauty”. So in the interests of encouraging my girls to have good self esteem and celebrate their own natural beauty, I decided that I need to do that a little more myself.

A long time ago my girls and I watched this Dove ad together. We were all mesmerized by it. It was eye-opening for all of us. It’s so good for girls (and women!) to get a realistic view of the images that we’re bombarded with on a daily basis.

As for me and my own celebration of natural beauty, I’m starting with my blog. Here you go, for all the world to see, a photo of me, taken just moments ago, without a lick of make up on. I’m normally the kind of person who at least slaps on a little mascara even to go out to the store, so this is a big moment for me.


It’s time for us to celebrate ourselves exactly as we are. If not for ourselves, then for our little girls who are watching our every move.

My challenge to you? Send me a photo of yourself, sans make up (whether you’re a regular make-up wearer or not), and I’ll post them here on my blog so we can all celebrate together. I’ll do a post in the coming weeks celebrating all of us!

20 Responses

  1. Baby, you KNOW that I think you’re a natural beauty.

    #swoon

  2. That is a GREAT idea! I’ll see if I have any of me “au natural” and will send – I love it. Embrace!!

  3. Um. I love me some you Sunshine, but I can’t. I can’t I can’t I can’t!!

    You look beautiful, btw. :)

  4. You do look great! That is very impressive. I am with QT though and not sure I could actually get away with that. Maybe if the sun ever comes out and I can get a little color. I want to, so I may. Ok, now I am obviously nervous and rambling! :)

  5. Ha! I was never a big makeup wearer, but I almost never wear it anymore. I tried dressing myself up once, flying to Dallas to visit The Man when he still lived there. I got off the plane and rechecked my make up in the airport bathroom to make sure everything was fabulous. It was… but when The Man saw me, he asked if I was feeling alright. He thought I was sick! Not because the make up looked bad (I DO know how to apply, I swear!) but because he just wasn’t used to seeing my face like that. Needless to say our date nights don’t include a lot of primp time, and I can’t complain about a man who prefers my “natural beauty!”

    Makeup-less photo will be forthcoming. I’m totally down for celebrating some natural beauty!

  6. Damn – you look great!

  7. You are beautiful!

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  9. I love living in my skin. What god gave me rocks … pimples and all. I love your vision. Also, I love your beauty underneath the skin too.

  10. Picture sent.

  11. Wow, you have amazingly blue eyes!

    I’ll send my photo if I can find one. Actually I have one on my cell phone!

  12. Okay okay I’m in…but pls warn people they need a trash can before they look at the post! :)

  13. FWIW, speaking as only one guy…

    …none of my girlfriends (nor my soon-to-be-ex-wife) have ever been heavy into makeup. Maybe a little lipstick from time to time, but that’s about it. Oh, and one used to occasionally treat her hair (to make it a little lighter, but not much).

    And, for what it’s worth, I thought they looked great. You know what looks best on a woman, Sunshine?

    A smile.

    I love the pix of you and CBG together, mostly because you have such genuine, warm smiles. I see those pictures and I think to myself… THOSE are people I want to hang out with; share dinner and chats and play cards with. You know?

  14. Yeah, you’re so beautiful — and so brave. I think about this a lot, as my daughter gets older… and so do I!! I certainly wear make up for work. You got me thinking mama. I’m up for the dare.

  15. I only just now saw this post!! I will see what I have to send on to you! My girls take pictures of me without makeup all the time so I know I have one somewhere…

    Very cool idea! And yes, you are beautiful and aglow in love!! :)

  16. Great post! I love your idea of doing a collage! I’m definitely in. I’ll send a pic shortly! You look beautiful just as you are!

  17. Ok found a pic – sent it your way, lemme know whatcha think ;-) GREAT IDEA!

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