Tuesday, September 26, 2006

he loves me anyway


I have been dared to go the entire day without a smidgen of makeup. How did this come about?

"Christine, you look different somehow this morning."

"That's because this morning I'm Theresa and not Christine."

After a while it finally occured to Mike what the difference was.

"You don't have any make-up on."

"Nope. Do you love me anyway?"

"Ha ha ha ... you're beautiful! Of course I love you. I tell you what ... I dare you to go without makeup all day."

"Sigh ... whenever I do that I get some comment like ... 'Christine, are you okay? You look sick or tired."

"And you know what you tell them if they ask you that?"

"um ... That Michael loves me anyway?"

"Exactly!"

20 comments:

papabear said...

Sad how our standards of beauty have been skewed because of the universal use of makeup.

At least no one has dared you to post a pic of you w/o makeup on your blog. ;)

ckhnat said...

is that what you're doing?

David said...

double dare: post a pic w/o makeup...

ckhnat said...

there you go ... i can't resist dares ...

GloryandGrace said...

Thanks for this brief, yet sweet and honest post! Not totally related to this, but I wrote last week on a recent makeup experience, and your post in some ways reminded me of that and what the Lord really reminded me of in regard to beauty.

Grace and peace~

David said...

you so don't need make up!!

(don't read that statement the wrong way... i'm a fan of no make up cos often make up is over-done and looks yucker (is that a word?) than how someone normally looks.)

Catherine said...

Wow. Honest girl-to-girl opinion, since we're not personally acquainted? Feel free to save your money and ditch your makeup... if you're not wearing any in that picture, you evidently DON'T need it at all! You could keep some lying around for fun, but really, no need otherwise...

Jonny said...

I will tell you a secret, most Aussie girls are getting around with no makeup and the guys never complain. (We are realists).

Nixter said...

yeah BA(Before Australia)when I lived in London, working in the corporate world I used to wear makeup most days. Here in the laid back country of Oz, I put a tiny bit on for work but more often (unless going out) I really don't wear any.
It feels pretty good to not have to worry about it all the time :)In summer you don't really need much anyway because you get a bit of a glow going on from the sun...

But remember to Slip, Slap, Slop :)

Jim said...

Last I checked, most guys prefer it when girls DON'T wear make-up. Something to think about... :)

Anonymous said...

Lip gloss excepted, I never wear make-up either. Not even for photos. That might change when I'm a little older, however.

K.

Donna said...

Funny story:

I usually don't wear much makeup, but like most girls there is some security in wearing a little to cover up "flaws." And even though I had known Jason for over 1 1/2 years by the time we were married and he had seen me many times without it, I had expected to take some on our honeymoon because I wanted to be attractive as possible for him.

As it turns out, the Lord allowed that my makeup bag got misplaced in the midst of the scurry of the reception, so I was without makeup for our entire honeymoon and about two weeks thereafter. And you know what? It didn't matter a lick. What a kind way for the Lord to teach me early on that love (especially in marriage) is not based on perfection or hiding flaws, but on reveling in the joy of grace-fueled love of each other, basing love on what is true and truly praiseworthy.

Thanks for the endearing post.

Kelli B said...

Diddo. I only wear lipgloss and under-eye concealer. No need for any other makeup, and my husband LOVES it.

I think you're gorgeous! I love the natural look. I've seen friends who wear gobs and gobs, then they've taken a chance and fasted from it - and their true beauty is radiating. I LOVE that.

I'm glad mike has affirmed you in this. :)

mark said...

Most comments from guys have been 'we think women don't need it'. & for the most part, I agree. Come to think of it, I remember a few of my married friends saying as much too.

But I've got to wonder, this pressure doesn't seem to *actually* be from the guy's side, but rather *perceived* to be 'our fault'. This misconception has got to be due to cultural force (capitalism/movies?). But also could it be mixed with perceived female competition?
As well, how many of those who said 'are you sick/tired' were guys? & if guys, then how many said it not out of thinking you were less beautiful, but just 'different' that day(and trying to resolve the cognitive dissonance--remember we're simple-folk)? Seriously, if I had made that mistake & she told me, "no, i'm just not wearing any makeup" I'd feel like a jerk.

Bobby said...

I do think that, with makeup, most guys feel that "less is more." In other words, either don't wear it or don't look like you've got too much of it on. Sometimes it detracts from natural beauty, and, honestly, sometimes we just don't notice.

Makeup, if worn, should be to hide flaws or provide subtle enhancements.

Donners said...

I don't really wear make-up much. Luke loves me anyway, however he also loves it when I do wear it.(( he's also just as impressed by a pair of earrings..)

I'm also not terribly good at putting it on!

I only recently learned how to put on eyeliner without looking like a goth....

papabear said...

haha I wasn't daring you to post a photo, but it does confirm that you don't need makeup.

rubybeth said...

I was so impressed with my boyfriend one day when he grabbed me for a cuddle upon my arrival at his house and said, "You look really pretty today" and I realized I had on no makeup. What a guy. (I guess I have some pretty shallow guy friends, huh?) And it usually happens that he tells me I look great when I've taken no time to primp whatsoever. But also, I do take a very minimalist approach to makeup (Minnesota lack of sun in winter means I buy my share of Burt's Bees blush) and anything powdery or that will slide off seems a bad idea if you're planning on being kissed. :)

(first time commenter, so hi! I'm Beth, nice blog you have, Christine!)

ckhnat said...

lol, Beth! Perhaps it's the chicks that need men to explain to them what they see is beautiful. Nice to meet you. I like your tip on the no-kiss-off make-up.

Jason said...

Sometimes it detracts from natural beauty, and, honestly, sometimes we just don't notice.

I agree with Bobby. I've always been more attracted to the girls who didn't wear makeup except for special occasions. Of course, they probably wear a little bit, but girls are cute anyway without the makeup, so whatever. The other thing is guys know that too much makeup means she's probably (with about 99.9% certainty) high maintenance and no makeup is definitely (100% certainty) a low maintenance chick. So it's all in the message you're hoping to communicate.

Those are my two cents... and I don't promise to have any clue what I'm talking about.