There’s this weird assumption that people always make–they assume that without makeup, that you have to look bad. And to be honest, I might joke about being a little zombie or looking like I crawled out of a drain pipe, but I don’t think I look bad. I’m not saying that I look like a long lost Hadid sister, but I don’t bad. I actually think that when someone (not just me!) isn’t wearing makeup, there’s a certain kind of beauty and elegance.
In our natural state, and I’m talking about real natural, not thirty step natural makeup (not that there’s anything wrong with it!), we learn to truly appreciate and love ourselves for who we are. Flaws and all.
And trust me, not all of us look like Alicia Keys without makeup, and that is perfectly fine. And even though it’s fun to put on pretty eyeshadow or perfect our brows, there’s a simple appreciation of going bare faced.
People often assume that when you blog about makeup, you have to look perfect. And okay, some people might take the approach of heavily editing photos or perfect lightings, but I told you guys before–I only edit for lighting! That’s it. No nips or tucks or weird Chinese photo editing apps.
And for the pictures I took today of my bare face… I didn’t even touch them! Not small lighting fixes. I didn’t even put on a cute outfit or find perfect lighting, I literally snapped quick selfies to share with all of you… my bare af face.
Now if you look, you might notice something. You know, besides the obvious stuff like imperfect skin and small break outs. Small freckles, and whatnot. And you know, the super obvious stuff like how my lips aren’t red and I look tired without eyeliner.
Look at the cheeks. Yup.
My cheeks are way, way lighter than the rest of my face. About two foundation shades, last time I checked. A bit more, actually. About two years ago, Ashley noticed while we were sitting on the bus that my cheeks looked a little strange in the light. She looked a little closer, and she said, “Chrissey, small parts of your cheek are white.” I wasn’t wearing any makeup at the time, and checked it out in a compact. She was right, part of the pigmentation of the skin on my cheek was starting to fade. And as time past, that area spread and continued to fade. (Also, medically, my cheeks are the only area with fading. The rest of my body is completely unaffected and totally fine, it’s just the cheeks!)
And today, my cheeks are way lighter than the rest of my face! It’s less pink in person and a lot more just pale. And I’ll admit that at first I was a little self conscious, but now I kinda love my cheeks. The little quirk is just partof what makes me unique.
Like Alicia Keys said, “All women are naturally bad ass.”
What’s your favorite quirk about yourself?