SANS GLAMOUR…

Posted on August 26, 2010

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it’s not about being completely exhausted after a long day at work…

it’s not about being completely oblivious to the hundred others in the park…

it’s not about being lost in a moment…

it’s purely about loving me.  flaws & all.

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many a friend (and perhaps a foe) has asked me at some point, “why do you always wear makeup?”  that is quickly followed with “i have never seen you without makeup – first thing in the am, lateLATElate at night, weekends.  do you ever not wear makeup?”  the short answer is…

of course.  i have to sleep sometime.  and my sheets are allergic to face paint.

in all seriousness, the answer is kind of no.  i like makeup. i believe in starting a day looking the best you can and ending it like you’ve gone through a war.  and reapplying/adjusting in the middle.

my cosmetics hide nothing other than a few freckles and some major under eye circles (severely apparent, eek!).  they enhance only the fact that i have long, yet super straight eyelashes and barely, yet slightly rosy cheeks.  and of course, the lip gloss plumps the pout, but that’s purely superficial.  naturally.

the thing is… i wear the foundation to even out what i feel is an uneven skin tone.  i wear the concealer to conceal the severely apparent under eye circles (i’m a single mom who barely sleeps, with a full-time job, a mortgage and a side-nonprofit business.  they’re battle wounds at this point.)  i wear the mascara b/c i feel that big eyes need to boast big lashes.  and i wear the lip gloss to… plump the pout.  but that’s purely superficial.  naturally.

but…

i don’t wear the makeup for you.  or you.  or even you.  i couldn’t care less if you don’t like the face i wake up with.  or the one that follows me to bed.  b/c i do.  in fact, i love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

so, to prove just that, here i am (made worse only by the poor lighting and awkward angle) in all my glory – sans 99% of the makeup i applied this morning, which i ecstatically sweat off during a 45 minute run through the park this evening, then captured at the peak of this wonderful day – watching kids shoot off bottle rockets with my (very intense) silly monkey.

b/c, like i said before…

it’s not about being completely exhausted after a long day at work.  it’s not about being completely oblivious to the hundred others in the park.  it’s not about being lost in a moment.  it’s purely about loving me.  flaws & all.

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