Natural Beauty

Ever wonder how much makeup you slather on in a year? Two Dutch artists–Lernert and Sander–set out to answer that question by directing a short film entitled, “Natural Beauty,” starring Belgian supermodel Hannelore Knuts. They applied 365 layers of Ellis Faas makeup in one day. It took seven bottles of foundation, two bottles of cream shadow, three lip glosses, and two bottles of liquid blush, and NINE HOURS of non-stop work to get the job done. (Knuts–with her head fixed between two panels–drank her yogurt lunch through a straw all in the name of beauty and art).

As I watched the layers of foundation melting off her face I wondered–do I really use this much makeup over the course of the year? How much do I actually pile on every morning in an attempt to look like I’m not wearing any at all? If only I had kept a tally of how many bottles of tinted moisturizer I’d gone through in 2010. (I’m just about at the bottom of my first bottle for 2011). What are we really trying to cover up? Why do we feel the need to mask our natural beauty on a daily basis?

What about you? Where do you stand after watching this? And what makes you feel beautiful?

2 thoughts on “Natural Beauty

  1. Jenna says:

    Regarding makeup I feel as if it is like our clothes. It’s a style. We’re projecting a message about who we are. As with clothes we can wear make up to project professionalism, punk rock, flirty, or with me I would consider my style laid back. I have worn my eye make up the same way for the past 7 months, and most people don’t know I’m wearing make up until they are really close, and I get a lot of compliments on it. One woman told me that without make up I look fine but with make up on I look 10x better. If I can project myself as someone who put thought and care into my look or my face by dabbing a couple of shadows and an eyeliner on and sometimes other things than I am very comfortable with that.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for commenting Jenna! 🙂
    Yes, make-up is part of our style…for sure!
    It’s so great that you wear it naturally. I always say that any woman that can go out in public with out her hair and make-up done is confident. Even if it’s just to the corner store.
    I’d love for all women to be able to say: “I enjoy wearing make-up but I don’t need to look my best to feel good about myself!”

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