Hollywood Ladies Baring All For Pirelli

Word of a new Pirelli project came my way recently, and I love that for it, these “elite” ladies are being photographed au natural.  Yes, part of me knows that they probably had facials, and undoubtedly have their own selection of skincare and preventative aging measures (in general, but also in preparation!) BUT. . . I still appreciate that they are being photographed withOUT the layers of makeup they usually are seen wearing.  Refreshing.

Why would I bother mentioning it, especially given that I don’t follow celebrity media?  Because a lot of ladies look up to the “stars.”  Young ones, in particular… The faces in the spotlight matter – right or wrong (whatever your opinion) – to many.  So it’s great to see them taking it all off to encourage people to love the skin they are in – no one should have to hide, and it is OKAY to be bare-faced.

newbeauty.com

newbeauty.com

Per photographer Peter Lindbergh and New Beauty:

“I wanted to use the 2017 calendar to convey a different kind of beauty,” said Lindbergh at a press launch in Paris. “Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today. My aim was therefore to portray women in a different way: and I did this by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos.”

While I wish this kind of encouragement was more prevalent, I am thankful for any of it at all – it’s important, in a world of false pretense and facades (grazie, social media!) that people realize a pretty face often has a lot more going on to make it APPEAR that way.  Let’s remember that we are human beings – we have dynamic wrinkles because we are alive and laughing!  Our skin sometimes has little spots because we see the sun from time to time.  We aren’t plastic, and flawless…and there’s nothing wrong with that.  We don’t have to live up to “perfect” (someone else’s term and standard, probably!) all the time…or even, how about this…? EVER.

Thank you, Pirelli, for the calendar…and for supporting “us” as we are.

Pirelli Instagram photo

Pirelli Instagram photo

Summer 2016 – Estee Lauder Genuine Glow

More glow-getters on the horizon, this time from cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder.  Genuine Glow Summer 2016 Collection includes five super-star, radiance-delivering products:

What I love about these products is that they are ageless – they can work beautifully for someone in their 20’s as much as someone in her 50’s – they are designed to give a natural illumination to the complexion with subtle, flushed color.  

There’s no over-doing here, no mask-like finish, or real ability to be too heavy-handed in the first place.  Hallelujah! 

In my own mind the goal of any color cosmetic (shy of ballroom / skating / theater performance (etc) OR your wedding (mine’s soon! ❤ ) / night out (etc)) is to enhance.  Not hide.  

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Chicprofile.com photo

Yes, you ARE gorgeous enough to go without makeup!  But for days when you might need an extra boost – just enough to give your bright eyes the spotlight (as opposed to sleepless undeyes or lackluster skin!) – these hydrating, priming, and brightening products can help.  

Chicprofile shares more details here (haven’t seen all online as yet, but those with links are above. 🙂 ) 

Beauty Humor – My Eyes Disappeared!

For me this would have to read “without my eyelash curler,” as that’s the one thing that honestly wakes me up.  I don’t wear mascara for two reasons, that aside – I’m an athlete and don’t need the mess when I’m sweating (white gis and makeup don’t mix!), and I don’t want to cause my lashes to be brittle or dry.  (Lots of great formulas out there that nourish these days, but I still like to go bare.)

But I am still certain this will resonate with ladies – that shiny coat of blackness can definitely make a difference in definition.  

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Before and After

I love Before & Afters!  It is so important for people to know that the bulk of images we seen in magazines, ads, even on-screen have been retouched.  

And it isn’t only in an age of Insta-filters and photoshoping apps – when I was a kid, photos were being retouched.  So much so that the supermodels in magazines seemed like an alien race, void of marks, clogged pores, greasy hair…

But because technology has enabled the average person (without a stitch of technology in his or her background!) to adjust with total abandon (not to mention ~gasp!~ for FREE!) …it is far more commonplace to see an altered photo than a real one.  

In a largely-virtual social landscape, we are presented with perfection at every turn.  

Seeming perfection, that is…

I love when I see women bare it all.  No, not in the full body sense… I’m talking the visage (vee-z-ah-juh in French.)  Traditionally boasting perfect porcelain or choco skin, smoothly lined lips, batting lashes, glowing cheeks and nary a wrinkle nor blemish to be seen…those faces. 

To see a woman without her “war paint” (an affectionate term from my Ballroom days!) is a lovely reminder for ALL of us.  It isn’t that the image represents something less than perfect, so much as it says that imperfection IS perfect.  

Imperfection is beauty.  

Imperfections always exist…and that’s okay!

You don’t have to hide…

And you ALSO don’t have to worry that you aren’t as “seamless” as what you see…because that isn’t always the reality.

We are still amazing underneath! Our natural lines and curves and colors are BEAUTIFUL.

Bravo to Makeup Artist @kristytheodoremua and ALL participating ladies for her awesome posts.  Way to inspire and bring us all down to Earth. ❤

 

Disney Princesses, Bare-Faced and Beautiful

I was absolutely DELIGHTED to see this buzz feed post from the 12th of this month (which seems to be circulating now.)  

“This is what Disney Princesses Look Like Without Makeup.”

As little girls, we sort of don’t realize what’s going on there… We see various renditions of “perfect beauty” and think, innocently,…

“I wonder if I will ever be that beautiful…,”

“…if my skin with be so perfect…”

“…if I will ever seem that rosy and glowing all the time…”

The princesses never look tired.  

They have nary a line nor imperfection…

Whether pursued by voracious wolves in a wooded forest, fighting as a samurai, or soaked and salted from the sea…they always manage to stay perfectly groomed and “photo-ready” (in the animated sense, of course!)

And when we are impressionable, we simply don’t even notice.  We take in the larger picture, don’t we?

Not anymore!

The snazzy little slider on these images shows us the deconstructed…more “natural” look…were these ladies not drawn through the eyes of a makeup artist / hairstylist / costume designer.  

I L ❤ VE IT.

I love seeing what it *might* be like when they have down time (which, naturally, they DON’T in the films!) 

And I hope this kind of thing is shared more and more, and that girls are told how “naturally beautiful” they are.  Because we don’t need to paint our faces to BE beautiful.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying it, and loving artistry and so on… But we also should grow up knowing that we have a choice, that makeup and hair styling can be fun, but it isn’t what defines us… 

We are beautiful JUST AS WE ARE…and ALL little girls should know that so are the Princesses when they go to sleep…with a WASHED face!