I came. I saw. I conquered- my beauty challenge that is.
For seven days I went without the MAC, Maybelline, Covergirl and Revlon. I thought it would be a breeze, until I woke up on the first day. There was no blush to help me look awake and no gloss to make my lips pop. I began to wonder if the challenge was all that necessary, until I remembered how much I hate failing.
I grabbed my makeup pouch and emptied everything but my Clean & Clear oil blotting sheets and Chapstick. By doing this, I removed any kind of temptation. I admit that I struggled while removing my beloved MAC powder though. It’s taken me through some of my shiniest of shiny days.
Before the challenge, I carried my MAC powder, blush, eyebrow pencil, brow gel, two lip balms, three lipsticks, three lip pencils, three makeup brushes, and a few other miscellaneous items. A little excessive, don’t you think?
When it came time to post my first “fresh-faced selfie” on Instagram, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Each picture seemed worse than the last and I started picking at everything I believed to be a flaw. Finally, after giving myself a pep talk, I went through with it. My sister Jessica (who also took part in the challenge) and I began instant messaging on Facebook right after:
That was one of the many lessons I learned this week. Rather than smother my face with makeup to fix under-eye circles or breakouts, I realized that I need to listen to what my body is telling me. Later on that week I began getting more sleep and eating less junk food. I also added lots of water, fruits and veggies to my diet. In order to look good on the outside you have to start from the inside.
The most important lesson I learned throughout the challenge was to not be so hard on myself. Before this, I could have maybe only named a few things that I liked about my face. If you were to ask me now, I could blab on. As a teen I had horrible acne that even made me stray from taking pictures. Now looking in the mirror foundation and BB cream-free, I am falling in love with my brown skin- acne scars and all. I used to call my skin greasy and shiny, but now I appreciate the glow.
You see, it’s all about changing your perspective. In order to make a positive change, you need to have a positive mind. This relates so much to understanding true beauty, because women tend discourage themselves when they don’t live up to society’s standard of beauty. And to be honest, no one on this earth lives up to that standard. We were each fearfully and wonderfully made. Why be a carbon copy when you were designed to be one of a kind?
This morning the challenge is completely over, but I still don’t have a drop of makeup on my face. The challenge was more than just a test for me, this was a lifestyle change. Some days I may want to get dolled up, but I’m learning to not use makeup as a crutch because of my insecurities.
Once again I thank all of you for sharing your beautiful pictures. At times when I didn’t want to share how I looked makeup-free, your pictures encouraged me. If you took part in the challenge, please share your experience below! I’d love to hear from you
Love, Peace and Afro Grease,