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Troian Bellisario On How Makeup Can Mess with Your Self-Image

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Let's face it, makeup is fun—as long as you keep your expectations in check. Comparing your fresh face to the sculpted visages you see on celebrities is a one-way ticket to self-doubt, according to Troian Bellisario.

The Pretty Little Liars star is a seasoned vet when it comes to wearing makeup. But in a recent interview with Yahoo Style, just one day before "No Makeup Day" on April 25, she shared the big toll all that foundation and lipstick can take on her (and she's not talking about zits).

"I wear so much makeup on the show and when I do press," she told the fashion site. "If I were to even wear normal makeup in my life and take a photo of myself, people ask me if I'm feeling all right." (Same, Troian, same.) "It's a false expectation. Is that what you think you're supposed to look like?"

Media-savvy women are all too aware that the pictures on TV and in magazines aren't 100 percent "real." Photoshop, airbrushing, lighting, and other types of visual manipulation can erase wrinkles, banish cellulite, plump cheeks, and smooth skin to the point it looks like a mannequin instead of a person. But you'd be forgiven for forgetting about the power of professionally applied makeup. It's one thing to admire the poreless, glowing skin of Hollywood's A-list, but it's something different to think that's their "natural" skin and how yours should look, too.

Sure, you've probably gotten sucked into a vortex of YouTube makeup "get the look" tutorials, which is harmless. But focusing too much on any kind of unrealistic image (whether that's on the red carpet, in an ad, or on Instagram) can turn beauty style from a fun, creative method of self-expression to a self-imposed prison of concealer.

Troian isn't the only celebrity making a point to scale back on their look and honestly share their stripped-down selves. Alicia Keys has been doing television, magazine shoots, and even red carpet appearances wearing little or no makeup for almost a year and #nomakeup selfies are a gorgeous trend with dozens of celebs and models, along with thousands of other women, showing their beautiful au naturel faces. Our own beauty editor even chronicled her three-week no-makeup experiment with excellent results. And we couldn't love seeing their beautiful freckles, pink cheeks and, yes, even zits, more. It's fun to see the latest makeup trends on the red carpet, but it's pretty darn great seeing what's underneath all that, too.

This isn't to say wearing makeup is bad or makes you a sell-out—we love our face paint!—just that you shouldn't feel like you need to wear it or that you're not beautiful without it. Basically, rock that Chapstick with the same confidence you would a red lip.

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