I wear makeup every day. Not much makeup, but I always wear at least a little bit. This morning, we were pressed for time, so I did my two-minute face (blush, one eyeshadow, mascara) instead of my two-and-a-half-minute face (blush, two eyeshadows, eyeliner, mascara). When I got home and changed for my workout, I spotted myself in the mirror and thought, "Wow, you look weird."
No, I corrected myself, I'm just not wearing my normal eye makeup.
It's interesting to notice that my made-up face has become my "natural" face. The makeup has become my face. It's my normal, but it's far from natural. If I'm not wearing makeup it either means I've just showered, or something is wrong. I wear makeup to bed, not because I think I need it, but because most of the time, it doesn't occur to me to wash it off.
Deanna has issued what she's calling the "Naked Face Challenge": one picture of your naked face. No makeup, no Photoshop, no posing.
I am actually naked naked in this picture. And I have shower-cap hat-hair to boot! And I actually think that's pretty awesome. I agree wholeheartedly with RuPaul, who says, "We're born naked, and the rest is drag." I also believe there's real value in pointing up the artifice that we've come to mistake for the natural.