Colbie Calliat released that one song. That song that said, you're beautiful (like James Blunt said) even without your make-up (James didn't say that part). The music video is filled with footage of women removing their beauty products and celebrating their natural beauty. I wanted to feel incredibly moved by it all, everyone else seems to be. But I wasn't.
I appreciate it -the message, the video, the beauty -natural or made up. I love the way it begs us to rethink those habits and routines, to reflect on the underlying reasons for our beauty choices, to understand how we view ourselves in the context of everyone else.
Yes, I appreciated it. However, I wasn't convicted by it.
I didn't feel moved to skip out on make-up or hair doing or jewelry wearing or dressing myself up each day. I felt bad being so ambivalent as women posted images of themselves sans make-up, hairspray, all things beautification online. They really are naturally beautiful, I thought. And it ended there.
Then the Florkens, Treasure Tromp, and Jade & Oak pulled together a sweet message about the video and encouraged us to link-up.Three blogs I love, four writers I adore, I decided to join and to think deeply about my lack of emotions about naked skin.
I love make-up: the process of application, the way mascara opens up my eyes, the rosy blush on the apples of my cheeks. More than make-up I adore doing my hair: braids, curls, waves. Each morning I take twenty minutes to do two things I love, two things that make me feel strong, confident, and beautiful. Without them, I am not less confident, strong, beautiful, I'm all of those things just in a different way.
That's me up there. Sans make-up, hairspray, all things beautification. That's me. Naked skinned.
I do make-up and hairspray and curling irons and straighteners to accentuate the beauty that is naturally there in my skin, my bone structure, my hair. I do it to bring out my blue -some days green- eyes, to accentuate my thick brows, to give some wild life to my heavy, voluminous locks. I do it to bring out my pride in my hard (and early in the morning) work at exercise, to embolden my otherwise quiet confidence, to bring out me.
So, that's me naked skinned up there in the picture. This is me honest about beauty treatments down here in the word.
Both ways, I'm beautiful. Both ways you are too.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -And, while Colbie Calliat is adorable and inspirational and rocking a head of beautiful hair, the sass this video's got is more my style.