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September 22, 2010

Kesha shows off her freckles in makeup-free selfie:

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Can we be Attractive with less or without or with natural healthy Make Up? Yes.

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Bad skin? No make up? Hair a mess? you’re beautiful.

I’ll take real any day. Less chemicals, more us.

Most makeup is toxic to our skin and insides, longterm. The health cost, environmental cost, and cost to animals’ welfare is vital. And, of course, our self-acceptance—whether we choose to wear no make up, lots of make up, or very little—is vital.

It’s not about attractive, externally. It’s about making friends with ourself, as we are, whether we choose to ornament our skin, or not. And…it’s about using natural ingredients that don’t harm us or our fragile planet:

These Stars look great Before & After Make up.

Less can be Beautiful, too.


I have freckles. Lots of freckles.

I did drama my junior and senior years of high school, and a bit of Shakespeare in middle school. That’s the only time I’ve had to wear make up. It’s fine, it’s fun, but it was kinda cakey and weird, too. Not sure how healthy it was to pain my body green as Puck at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, but hey.

Because I’ve so rarely worn make up, I kinda didn’t realize folks cover their entire face, every day, even to the gym…in an effort to hide their freckles. Here’s a photo of Kesha, as she normally looks in media and performances. And here’s her face in all her unadorned freckly glory.

To me, that’s crazy to cover up that beauty. But I get that some folks view freckles as ugly. To that, I’d say: you’re beautiful. And he or she or they who will be attracted to your heart, not just your face, will love you whether you choose to wear make up, or not.

Kesha shows off her freckles in makeup-free selfie:

Demi Lovato Snapchat Story: “Exactly why less makeup is sometimes the answer.”


10 Steps to Liberate Yourself from Makeup. ~ Tifany Lee

Use conventional makeup? Here are the 515 chemicals you’re putting on yourself every day.

and: “Cause: more toxins in everyday environment. Effect: cancer rates continue to climb for men & women. Answer: do not use conventional make-up or bodycare.” [Summer Rayne Oakes interview]

Less can be more. To makeup or not to makeup. Either way, we’re beautiful as we are. 14 Photos, before & after.

We do that above, and in many others. I think it’s empowering for all of us to know we have the choice, and can be beautiful either way. There are 100s of millions of $$$s pushing us to wear makeup–and only a few little blogs suggesting otherwise is beautiful. Sorry.

Two new photos.

Update: Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones with no makeup. (via imgur.com) Celebs are held up as examples of beauty, so it is important to remember that they are just humans, too. 

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Scarlett Johansson with no makeup for Vanity Fair:

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 Quote re this photo: “If you don’t like how women look without makeup, never get married.”

Take off your {fake} face.

For more:

> Conventional Lipstick? Don’t do it to yourself. Here’s some highly-kissable Alternatives. [Treehugger]
> Here’s what a year’s worth of makeup (literally) will do to your face.
> Cause: more toxins in everyday environment. Effect: cancer rates continue to climb for men & women. Answer: do not use conventional make-up or bodycare. [Summer Rayne Oakes interview]

#55/108 on True Love list? She’ll go easy on the make up.

You’re more attractive than your make up.

We want to kiss our loved one—not chemicals.

Saw this great feature on NY Daily News.

Who’s to say you need make up? Sure, these are stars—but stars are the ones who wear the most make up, so if they’re looking good without, that’s gotta tell us something.

So go au naturel (on your face, at least), or wear a bit less—and maybe you’ll be even more kissable! “Flaws” are okay—in fact, they’re you—and you is who your loved one wants to smooch.

A little makeup can be nice, special, fun—just go easy, and go truly organic (the skin is sensitive, absorbent stuff, and unlike food—where your body is set up to process out most toxins—our skin can’t filter out nasty chemicals. And nasty chemicals have been shown to be related to the dramatic increase in cancer over the last 75 years).

All photos via NY Daily News, click over to their site for many more.

For more:

Supermodels without Makeup.






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monicahughes1313 Jan 19, 2019 8:17am

I love your freckles❤it’s like make up by our Maker and they’re Lovely❤

Pamela Simonds Jan 19, 2019 7:17am

So, I do agree…Kesha is beautiful in all her freckles. Demi is super sexy with her gorgeous tan skin and killer body. But these are celebrities. They can afford the best of skincare, diet, personal trainers, spa treatments, etc. One of my favorite recent articles (https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/579337/)
I love myself. I can comfortably run around without makeup, but the truth is I am a year old mom who works a demanding job. I don’t look anything like these women when I don’t wear makeup, and that’s okay, but stop making them the standard. I can afford decent skincare did not the hundred-dollars-a-bottle essence that works it’s skincare magic on Hollywood. Women know what they look like without makeup, and they wear makeup because it enhances their beauty and makes them feel pretty. No one needs to feel less than because of what is or isn’t on their face. And we also don’t need to feel less than because some dude wore an article using twenty and thirty-something celebs who took great selfies as examples for everyone. They are beautiful and I hope they continue to celebrate their natural beauty. But I don’t look like that without makeup, and I don’t care. If you want to write an article about women and makeup, how about one on naturally and ethically sourced products that are actually affordable?

Brian Young Sep 24, 2015 7:55am

WAY more attractive without makeup. More resonance, greater energy footprint, amplified personality integration.

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