not to love about a celebrity making news because she dared to go bare in
public (i.e. without makeup)? Jennifer Aniston recently called it “dreamy and empowering and
to have a nude face in her new film, “Cake.” Each year, plenty of actors are
shortlisted for prizes not necessarily because of their acting, but for gaining
or losing weight for roles, or generally looking less attractive on screen than
in real life.
that’s the case, I’m waiting for my Oscar, as I wear no makeup to work nearly
Of course my office is a couch and I have zero co-workers, unless you
count my 3-year-old, who doesn’t go to school on Mondays or Fridays. When I get
back from exercising each morning, she’ll turn her nose up at me and ask me if
I’m going to shower and put on makeup.
So, yes, while I don’t endure the
incessant criticism of newspaper tabloid readers should I happen to retain some
extra water weight or have a bad hair day — and no one will certainly call me
“brave” for, say, going to the grocery store without mascara on — never
underestimate a judgmental preschooler.
time to time, magazines show photos of stars without makeup on, as if it’s some
kind of a scandal or hardship. "Us Weekly" shows how stars are “just like us”
because they failed to call in the glam squad prior to picking up a latte at
Starbucks. Other magazines put stars on the cover and make it appear as if they
are makeup free. Jessica Simpson once did it on "Marie Claire," and Lady Gaga did
it on "Harper’s Bazaar." The newest barefaced celebrity to grace a magazine cover
is Kerry Washington on the most recent issue of "Allure," although as it turns
out, she wasn’t actually barefaced.
she was applauded and ogled over her flawlessly stripped-down look, Washington
set the record straight, explaining that while her look was, indeed, “no-makeup,” in
reality, it required makeup.
going to be honest,” she said on “The View,” “because I think it’s unfair when
we tell women they should look like something that’s not real.”
What helps is when famous people are a little more open about how they arrived at looking so impeccable.
for just being famous isn’t really my thing (sorry, Kim Kardashian). But
celebrities who prove they are, in fact, actually kind of sort of like us in
that they’re not plastic and do require some dolling up to look like a doll?
That’s definitely my thing.
I don’t aspire
to look like a supermodel in real life — the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit
edition is not in my future (as my mom likes to tell me, I wasn’t even petite
when I was born). But when I get dressed up and put on makeup, I do aim to feel
like an enhanced (and prettier) version of myself, as opposed to how I look
makeup-free and in various states of undressed.
The trend nowadays
in celebrity porn (think "People," not "Playboy") is to see even grittier versions
of stars being “just like us” as they post selfies to places like Instagram — except I’ll go out on a limb and say that if they’re really just like us, they
take an average of 10-15 selfies before finding the perfectly staged
If you’re not
careful, it can be a little too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of comparing
yourself to beautiful friends and beauty queens. What helps is when those pals
and famous people are a little more open about how they arrived at looking so
impeccable. Ideally no one would compare their reflection to anyone else, but when
some of us inevitably do, it’s nice to know that what they’re seeing might,
indeed, be prettier on the surface, but that doesn’t make it more real on any
With my makeup professionally done I still won’t
look like Kerry Washington without
makeup, but it’s nice to hear, anyway, that Kerry Washington knows — and isn’t
afraid to say out loud — that to look like Kerry Washington, it requires some