I’ll Be the First to Admit…I Did NOT Wake Up Like This

I’ll Be the First to Admit…I Did NOT Wake Up Like This

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In the culture of social media, there is an undeniable urge to be, or rather appear to be natural, and I’m not just talking about hair. If you search the phrase “natural makeup” on YouTube (which in itself is a strange notion), you’ll find countless tutorials, which teach the viewer how to achieve a makeup look that despite the numerous products used, gives a flawless appearance that looks “natural”.

When it comes to hair, makeup, eyelashes, and even eyebrows, it is now necessary to take extra care to not appear too overdone.  There are lace front closures, mineralized foundations, wispy eyelashes, and lace front eyebrows (the verdict is still out on those) all with the unique function of mimicking a natural appearance. As a result of this “natural trend” it is not uncommon to see captions on the popular photography sharing app Instagram that read #NoFilter #NoMakeup. This is especially common among celebrities and other “Instagram famous” individuals, who find it important to prove that they are beautiful even without all of the makeup. Whenever I see one of these posts, without fail, a conversation always follows in the comments below the picture, in which at least one person points out that the person claiming #NoMakeup #NoFilter has on eyeliner, or eyelashes (both of which I consider to be makeup).

Beyonce’s hit song “Flawless” reinforced this desire to appear natural, and after this song was released, I can’t count the number of pictures on Instagram I saw with the caption “I woke up like this” (even with eyeliner and mascara adorning their faces). Nevertheless, as the title of this post suggests, I am not afraid to reveal that most people have not seen my natural appearance without the makeup and the weave. I feel no need to pretend that I woke up like this, when in fact, it took me 2 hours to achieve this look (and yes, in the picture above, it literally took me 2 hours to look like that). This is not to say that I find anything wrong with my natural appearance…but we’ll save that for a later post.

If you choose to be natural, or if you love to rock a full face of makeup all of the time (like me) doesn’t really matter, all that I say is to be real about what you do, and just because #NoMakeup #NoFilter is trending, doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with being #TeamMakeupWithaFilter.

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

– Kiana

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Kiana Williams

In addition to being a Junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am also the owner of a non-profit organization, Tough Girls, which seeks to decrease the number of women who die as a result of late detection of breast cancer, by providing mammograms for uninsured women.

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