Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a project that I started on instagram a little while ago. I am calling it "no make up sundays". It is a pretty simple concept, every Sunday I take a self portrait of myself wearing no makeup and post it on instagram with out using a filter. I hash tag #nomakeupportraits and I ask all the lovely ladies of instagram to join in!
The idea came to me when I saw a photo of a well known person with out any makeup on. She looked so different and I wondered if I had just gotten a glimpse of the person she was to her friends and family. This made me ask myself if there was a distinction between the person I show my closest family and friends and the person I show to my co-workers and to my blog readers.
Bloggers put themselves out there everyday in one way or another. When you grow a following there is a form of stardom that comes along with that, your readers go to you for inspiration, they rely on you in small ways to help tell them it's ok to have freckles or to have large legs and still wear skinny jeans:) I have spoken about this before here, but the amazing thing about the fashion blogging scene is there is no casting agency tell you your nose is too big or your not thin or curvy enough. If you have an aesthetic that appeals to the masses you become a role model, how amazing is that!
I myself have gathered mounds of confidence since I started blogging and reading blogs. And, now that my readership has grown a bit and I get asked certain questions and I want to be honest with my audience. Obviously we are all people who deserve as much privacy as desired, and if you don't participate in a project like this, it doesn't mean you are lying to your readers. But, for me I wanted to show people what I really look like, and I wanted to show myself as well.
I grew up in a big city in the 80's and my mother was a cuban immigrant single mother for most of my life. Watching her put her makeup on was a ritual for me as a child, it was an art for her, and I truly consider makeup apart of my culture. I wear liquid eyeliner everyday and rock bright orange lipstick because that's what she did, and I thought it was beautiful. I have always believed that as decoration makeup is a beautiful thing. It has existed in one way or another for centuries and I have complete respect for it.
So, I hope you will join me on instagram every Sunday in #nomakeupportraits! Each week there are more and more contributers and it has been amazing to see, if you search nomakeupportraits in the search section of instagram you can see for yourself. The lovely Nicole over at Pussycat Vintage even wrote about what the project means to her here. Lets all help eachother play with makeup, not rely on it!