17 May 2013

No Makeup. Whatsoever

Okay, by now most of you know of my involvement in QUITE magazine, so there should be no big surprise when I tell you how excited I am about the summer issue that we're currently putting together. (If you missed our introductory Spring Issue, you can still order it here).

For the Summer Issue, we're working on a slightly different project, headed up by Jessica, our fashion editor. The #QUITEbeautiful project is about encouraging women that they don't have to hide behind makeup or airbrushing. QUITE Magazine wants use photographs of women who aren't plastered with makeup and who aren't edited till they are nearly unrecognizable in real life. Because what matters infinitely more is that you live the way God created you to live--not that your skin isn't marred by a single freckle or acne scar.

Since I started attending beauty school, I've become much more aware of how women can be so attached to their makeup...or their hair extensions...or their acrylic nails...that they are afraid to let anyone see them without all of their additions. And I think that's a little sad. Make up can be fun, for sure. I'm the first person to swipe on some fuchsia lipstick because, guess what, I love fuchsia!

But makeup shouldn't be a form of slavery. Since starting beauty school, I've intentionally won less makeup than I have in years, because I want to be the one person who shows by their actions that, in spite of all the peer pressure otherwise, it's perfectly fine to not 'put your face on' everyday. There's nothing shameful in going out with a naked face. (Naked body...that's another story.)

Last week, Lizzy took my pictures for participating in the #QUITEbeautiful campaign. And honestly, it was a little scary. I don't wear makeup on a daily basis, but I'm typically more likely to wear it when I know I'm going to get my pictures taken. Wearing eyeliner to help my eyes not disappear in photographs is an old trick I learned from high school theater club. And a little powder to keep the camera flash from reflecting off my forehead often seems appropriate.

But this time there was no eyeliner, no powder. No convenient filter added by Picasa to make the colors a little prettier.
 Just me.

Of course, there was some editing involved when it came to choosing a photo where I was actually looking at the camera and the wind wasn't blowing my hair in my face. And then there was this photo, which records my response to Lizzy's direction, "Smile more naturally."

 Angel and I share the characteristic of having large mouths.
So, here's where you come in. If you're not too terrified by the idea of makeup-less pictures, you can join in the #QUITEbeautiful project. Share your makeup-less and filter-free photo on Instagram with the #QUITEbeautiful hashtag, or email your photo to, and your picture could appear in our Summer issue!
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  1. I submitted one.. :) Kinda nervous.

  2. thats amazing! I've always thought you were really beautiful! You have a perfect nose (you may think this is weird for me to notice, of all things, your nose, but--mine is crooked. no really. it is.

    this is a great idea :) I never wear makeup (well, rarely) so I'm totally joining in.

  3. i know very little about makeup and do the same thing everyday! I like this idea of make up free pictures! :) you are beautiful!!

  4. That's super cool! I wear a little face powder and some mascara and call it good 90% of the time, but I can see why some women are attached to makeup. Maybe if I knew how to do it better, I'd be more attached. I did a photo shoot with my wedding photographer years after our wedding where he took pictures of us literally first thing when we woke up. Kind of along the same lines, us just plain us, here's the link if you're interested: perhaps I'll have to submitt a photo.

  5. What a great photo of you.

    After the age of 40 taking photos without make-up is a much bigger proposition.

    When I was in my 20's it wouldn't have bothered me a bit since I often went without makeup and often still do, but I don't like having my photo taken. If I'm hiding behind some sunglasses no problem. ; )

    I don't like being reminded that I'm getting older in photos, even though I know there is no escaping it.


  6. You look good! I'm not much of a make-up person, myself.

  7. Oh, I will send one in! I'm going to read more about your magazine right now...

  8. are absolutely stunning with no make-up! LOVE this!

  9. Oh that's awesome! I never wear makeup so any of my photos will do haha.. now to choose one I haven't edited with a filter.. hmm..

  10. Today was the first day in forever that I didn't wear make-up and actually left the house. It was refreshing.

  11. In my humble opinion, the best make-up is the one that makes you look as natural as you can be. I look awful in make up so I stick to mascara and a bit of lipstick and blusher when needed. I went o my sons' elementary graduation dinner and thought I would treat myself with some makeover at MAC and my boys were so unhappy saying that I looked like a stranger instead of their mom! Thanks for swinging by my small blog, Rachel.. appreciate your time :)

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

  12. So cool! I'm 100% in support of natural beauty. I don't wear makeup, more out of "I don't want to take the time to do it" than anything else. Each woman has to choose for herself, but each woman should feel beautiful just the way she is. I will have to look through my phone for a picture to post... I rarely take pictures of myself so...

  13. you look awesome with no make up! isnt it so nice to relax and not wear makeup and let your face breath?! I love not wearing make up ;)

  14. Beautiful words and photos. Your mouth and your lack of makeup are both perfect - you look awesome and your sense of fun shines out of the photos. xx

  15. Thank you so much for linking up today. You look beautiful and i love the purple in your hair!!!!!!! Thank you for taking the time to link up. I really appreciate it.


  16. Isn't it strange that even without make up on you look totally pretty. I didn't have the courage to post a high definition. full daylight, real color photo. I was "safe" with my low light phone picture! I often think about a trend that started a few years ago where women got their make up tattooed on since they couldn't bare the thought of anyone seeing them without it.

  17. and, you really don't need any of the beauty products! You are gorgeous!