Iskra Lawrence Explains Why It's Good to Ditch Your Makeup Sometimes
Going makeup-free now and then is a welcome cleanse for your skin and can actually make you feel more confident, research shows. (Related: What Happened When Our Beauty Editor Gave Up Makeup for Three Weeks.) In preliminary findings from a Barnard College study in New York City, women who spent 10 minutes a day doing a thoughtful meditation on their barefaced reflection in the mirror reported feeling more accepting of their physical appearance in general. So the next time you're having a low-self-esteem day, observe your image in its natural state. "Switch your focus so you aren't looking for the flaws-and look into your eyes," says Tara Well, Ph.D., the study's lead author. In place of a sexy smoky lid, you may just see an amazing human being. (Related: 7 Things That Might Happen If You Stop Wearing Makeup)
To go one step further, challenge yourself to post a makeup-free photo to Instagram. Body positive advocate and AerieReal role model Iskra Lawrence is a fan of sharing the occasional makeup-free selfie, and considers herself an early adopter of real-talk posts. "When I joined Instagram, I began sharing my raw photos along with my raw and honest thoughts and feelings," Lawrence says. "At that time no other models were doing that, and I found that my followers really related to it. The result was an intimate, special connection I still have with them."
Even if you don't have Lawrence's 4 million follower base, your display of self-love might inspire a similar connection. By embracing your bare face and showing it off, you might move someone else to do the same. (Get inspired: Our Favorite No-Makeup Celebrity Selfies)