It's No Makeup Monday and all I want to do is pull my hood over my face until I have makeup on. Where does the confidence come from? Demi Lovato has done it and Alicia Keys continues to go makeup-free. I am on a journey to gaining confidence in myself. 

I'm in a cold sweat as I write this and see my makeup-less face staring back at me. I'm not a completely insecure person but I would rather use the tricks of makeup to enhance any features I may have - or want to accentuate.

The challenge I face is that Demi Lovato looks like this without makeup

 

Demi Lovato was blessed with dark features. She has eyebrows without having to fill them in, eyelashes that show up and naturally pink lips. Isn't it so like us to find the things we don't have and notice what other people do have when comparing?

 

 

Then there's Alicia Keys. She has completely sworn off makeup. She said:

"I remember when I first started to be in the public eye. Oh my gawd! Everyone had something to say. 'She's so hard, she acts like a boy, she must be gay, she should be more feminine!' But the truth is, I was just from New York, and everyone I knew acted like that."

"But this wasn't the streets of New York. This was the harsh, judgmental world of entertainment and my biggest test yet. Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn't put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me."

 

She's right. Bottom line. She's right.

I am taking this one step at a time in learning to love who I am. My goal is to remember there's only one of me - why would I let that go? These are the things I'm telling myself as I dig deep into my confidence reserve.

Am I less smart without makeup? No.

Am I less creative without makeup? No.

Will people judge me without makeup? Perhaps.

Will people judge me with makeup? Probably.

Today, something new is beginning and I'm hoping you'll be right here with me. Maybe this is something you struggle with, too. Is it similar? Either way, we are strong women on the inside - no matter what we look like on the outside.