How are you? I’m in the midst of getting ready for a new semester of burlesque classes, cleaning up the hubs and my new house (!!) and all the normal writing jive. But I’m compelled to write about this gorgeous project that the awesome Rabbit Write is hosting this week called No Make-Up Week. It technically started yesterday, but we can fudge it a little no?
I’ve written here before about my struggle with my feminity in high school and even through college. I have very blond eyelashes and eyebrows, therefore even though I didn’t wear much make-up, I always felt compelled to wear mascara so my eyes were defined. That’s really my only make-up crutch during the day, but man, I didn’t realize how much of a crutch it was until yesterday, when I had to remind myself, more than once!, that I wasn’t wearing anything on my face today.
So, if I’m not addicted to my make-up, why take the challenge? Because it is a normal part of my, and so many other women’s, life. And when something is so normal, we forget about what life it like without that thing. It’s an experiment in how I view my face, naturally, instead of “fixing” my under-eye bags, my blond eyelashes, and my un-even skin tone.
Of course, I’m able to take this challenge since I do not have burlesque shows or photo shoots this week, which is a welcome relief from the crazy beautiful whirlwind of a summer I’ve had. Burlesque has really given me a place for make-up. I love putting on a face that helps to convey a message about my dance, and to just go over the top with product. It’s wonderfully freeing in a way. And this week has been incredibly freeing in the exact opposite. I feel daring, going outside bare-faced, naked for the world to see. And I’m liking what I see and am.
I’ll be tweeting and posting my daily photos from this week, so stay tuned and please join me!
For more No Make-Up Week check out:
Official No Make-Up Week post, with gorgeous photos on naked-faced women and artwork if you’d like to participate
NMUW’s Facebook Page
Zoetica Ebb’s response to NMUW
Are you participating in NMUW? Comment below and I’ll add your post!