Love Yourself.

There is this blog that I have a link to on my page, called maskcara.com. This gorgeous lds lady does amazing makeup tutorials, and has tons of recommendations for products. I can thank my recent Ulta and Sephora purchases to her great suggestions, and since really falling in love with her blog, I have had a different outlook on beauty. She has an absolutely beautiful post called My Secret Weapon in which she shares her secret weapon for being a great makeup artist. Her secret weapon is that she can see beauty in everyone she looks at, and that she is able to do that because she sees the beauty in her own natural face. She then shares a bold picture of her un-made up, and she looks totally different from her usual completely put-together self. She says "I think I am able to see the beauty on other faces so easily because I am able to see the beauty in this one…not because it is better or worse than anyone else’s, but because it’s mine, it’s the only one I’m ever going to have and I am grateful for it."
I absolutely love this statement, and her belief about beauty really hit home for me.
I believe that everyone has beauty. Every face is unique, and every woman's personality shines through to create this one of a kind beauty. It makes me sad when women don't see it, or worse, hide it by disregarding their appearance, or WORST, talk about what they don't like about themselves. I say this, and I myself am probably one of the worst offenders I know. As that Dove Beauty Sketches video circled the web this week, I kept pondering the message, and really tried to look at myself in a more positive light.
These things, combined with a conversation I had with my sister-in-law Kaytlin last Saturday about the very woman who writes MaskCara, and how brave she was to put up completely natural pictures of herself prompted me to look at the transformation I make every morning to someone who could be seen in public. I'm not really someone who is so worried about the no makeup thing, I get more paranoid about my hair being undone...but I am baring it all. I am working on seeing the beauty in my own natural face, and will continue to do so.
At the end of her secret weapon post, Cara writes, "makeup is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful, it is meant to only magnify the beauty that already exists." So in posting pictures of "putting on my face" I mean to show that magnification, not creation of beauty. So here I am!

Au Natural.
I like to do my makeup while my wet hair is drying a little. I have so. much. stinkin. hair that if I try to blow dry it from sopping wet it will take me a solid 25 minutes. So I start with primer, foundation, and brows. Then I contour with bronzer, highlight with concealer, and blush with...blush
Then I work on my eyes, and use two different mascaras (one on top of the other), and finish with the bare minerals Mineral veil (which I absolutely LOVE)

 Then I blow dry the mane...[gulp...]

and tame it with a straightener and curling iron. Voila! It's not perfect, but it's the only me I've got!
I could go on and on with caveats for my photos about how I don't like how my chin/nose/jowel/etc. looks in each of them, but herein lies a new positive self image, and I encourage all of you absolutely GORGEOUS women to do the same!

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