Comedian Russell Brand posted a picture of his wife Katy Perry taken early in the morning with no makeup on on his Twitter account. She's clearly not prepared for the picture to be taken.
I wonder how many women I know depend on makeup to look good. Maybe some women are really good with makeup and I can't tell that they are wearing it.
Let's take Katy Perry for instance. I think she's actually gorgeous, and I've never seen a bad picture of her until I took a look at Russel Brand's photo from Twitter. Honestly, in that photo, she looks like a regular person. In her publicity shots she looks like a goddess.
I've always stressed that I like a natural beauty. But I'm wondering if there is such a thing. It seems as though just about every woman wears makeup. I can tell you one thing: the girl who seems confident with herself in the t-shirt and jeans is much more attractive than the girl wearing too much makeup, trying too hard by dressing up, etc.
The natural says: "This is who I am, take it or leave it." I'm not saying a natural beauty should never wear makeup-- she just shouldn't depend on it.
Here are some characteristics of a natural beauty:
She Looks Good In Casual Clothes
I've got a weakness for a girl who looks good in jeans and a tshirt, or in sneakers and jeans. In fact, it's refreshing to see a girl dressed down. Some of my favorite dressed down looks are jeans, preppie sweater, tank top/tshirt, sneakers.
She Pulls Off Undressy Hair
Two "natural" looks I like are hair down and hair in a bun. When a girl looks like she's about to do some serious work (maybe it's from watching Cinderella too many times) with her hair in a bun, I think it's cute/attractive. If a girl is pretty, she doesn't have to do too much with her hair, it is naturally beautiful.
She's Pretty In Any Situation
Whether she just woke up, or just worked out, the natural beauty still manages to look good. The natural beauty looks great when she's happy, or when she's mad.
There are a few things at play here. First of all, makeup seems to be a protective shield for many women. I still hear many women exclaim: "He saw me with no makeup on!" I guess this is traumatizing in the beginning, but do you always want to have to wear makeup around a guy you are into? Is it healthy to depend on makeup to feel comfortable/confident?
Secondly, I'm a little torn over Russel Brand's post. On one hand he was celebrating Katy's natural beauty, showing that everyone has their moments where they are not all dolled up, but they are still lovable.
On the other hand, it's never good to make a woman feel like she's not beautiful. Women I know hate certain pictures of themselves and I get in trouble when I so much as bring up the pictures...let alone post them on Facebook or use the picture in a joking manner. It's no coincidence that the picture Brand posted was pulled down pretty quickly. I'm guessing that Katy was none too pleased.
I've stated that the strength of a relationship is based on the down times: watching TV together, vegging on the couch, running errands. You don't always have to go to expensive dinner, or a big show.
Perhaps the same can be said for looks. Significant others see one another in the morning, with no makeup, dressed down, etc. This is where true love happens. Can you love someone through their worst times?
The best thing about being serious with someone is that you don't always have to look perfect. After a while, it's not necessary to doll yourself up, or wear the perfect outfit, or maintain a certain look with makeup.
What are your thoughts on what Russell Brand did? Was he being a jerk, or was it innocent fun that was actually kind of cute? Do you agree with my points about natural beauty? What makes natural beauty to you? Do you feel more comfortable when you have makeup on around people you're attracted to? Do you feel naked without makeup?
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