Yesterday I was watching Bethenny. I seriously love her show and watch it anytime I am home to do so! One of her segments was based on this clip of a woman being photoshopped. If you have not watched it please go do it. You will be amazed.
When you see her before and after picture next to each other she does not even look like the same person. They did not leave one thing about her the same. It saddened me to watch the video and then hear her perspective on it.
She claimed on Bethenny that she likes what she looks like in the photoshopped picture better. Granted when I have not makeup on and am not smiling I will never say I like what I see. This got me thinking about myself and how I view myself with and without makeup.
In the picture above you see my before and after from yesterday (neither have been edited at all and I tried to get them in the same light). The left is my before. I had just gotten out of the shower and all I had done was moisturizer, deodorant, and put in my hair product.
The picture on the right is my after. My makeup is all done and my hair has been dried and pulled back out of my face.
It's not that I do not like what I see on the left. I just feel more confident with the after picture.
Over the years I have gotten better about being seen in public without makeup on. I remember the years of NEVER going anywhere without at least some foundation and mascara. I have now gotten to the point of not caring. I went work on Saturday without nay makeup on. And plenty of people saw me!
Who decided what was pretty and what wasn't? Who said we always have to wear makeup and look put together? Whoever they are…I'm not their fan. I wish I had more confidence to not wear as much makeup as I do. I try to keep it simple…but honestly I wear a lot more than I probably should.
I remember back to my camp days when we would have princess week (my favorite week ever!) and we would ask the girls to wear no makeup, not do their hair, and not look in a mirror for a whole day. We even would cover the mirror in all the bathrooms.
The girls HATED that day (and I did too when I was a 14 year old camper!). We were at a coed camp and saw the boys all throughout the day. It broke my heart as I got older that so many girls would CRY over not being able to wear makeup. They were all so beautiful without and who really needs makeup when it is 100 degrees out and we are playing sports!?
We are all made in the image of God. How can one not find that beautiful? Why would you want to change what God made you into? I know everyone has their insecurities (I know I do) but if we could all just learn to embrace it all the world would be such a different place.
We need to stop putting other women down because their nose is too big or they have acne or their hair is a wild crazy mess. Who are we to judge? Everyone is beautiful and everyone should embrace it!