LESS IS MORE

the #no­makeup trend is grow­ing, and self-em­pow­er­ment is fol­low­ing suit

Style Magazine - - Health And Beauty -

It’s ex­cit­ing to jazz your­self up by try­ing beau­ti­ful, ex­otic colours in re­fresh­ing make-up pal­ettes, adorn­ing your­self in di­vine shim­mers and glit­ters... but it seems that lately, the ladies have been ditch­ing the usual trend for the nat­u­ral look.

At the time of writ­ing, over 14 mil­lion peo­ple have hash­tagged Instagram with the #no­makeup tag, proudly wav­ing the flag for fresh, au nat­u­rale faces.

Celebri­ties such as Ali­cia Keys, Cindy Craw­ford, Gwyneth Pal­trow, Cameron Diaz, and Kim Kar­dashian have bared their faces sans-make-up, spread­ing a bit of self-love to their mas­sive so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing.

Style beauty spe­cial­ist Ten­nielle Cop­son weighs in on the topic.

“The me­dia is a lit­tle bit of smoke and mir­rors, where even our most beau­ti­ful celebri­ties are pho­to­shopped for front cov­ers,” she says.

“This is a re­ally great, em­pow­er­ing ini­tia­tive to help girls love them­selves and em­brace their nat­u­ral beauty.”

It seems that self-ac­cep­tance has, in it­self be­come a trend and is fi­nally be­com­ing cel­e­brated, in con­junc­tion with body pos­i­tiv­ity.

HOW TO BE A PART OF IT

It sounds sim­ple, but it’s not.

Women have been wear­ing make-up for a very long time, and to — quite lit­er­ally — wipe the slate clean, and walk out the door with­out make-up, can be quite nerve-wrack­ing.

So if the no make-up trend in­trigues you and you’d like to be a part of it, you can def­i­nitely start slowly.

1. Sit in front of the mir­ror for 10 min­utes a day with no make-up on, with one goal — just be present with your­self.

2. No­tice your thoughts and feel­ings as you look at your­self, and let go of any self-crit­i­cisms. Give your­self some com­pas­sion and any com­ple­ments. Do this for 10 min­utes a day for at least two weeks and see what hap­pens.

3. When you feel ready, take the next step and head out with your beau­ti­ful, sans-make-up face and see how re­fresh­ing it is.

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