Bare-faced and Beautiful: featuring Jen Santos

-So, what made you want to volunteer for this project?  I volunteered for this project because I feel socially we are conditioned to see beauty in a certain way. Skin should be smooth and one color, lips should be pink, eyelashes as long as you can make them. In a world with botox, nose jobs, and eyelash extensions, before we end up looking like the capital people from "Hunger Games", we must say "enough!". The truth is I love makeup. I find great joy in having the ability to change my look and love getting new makeup. I am typically not a morning person yet, when I get new makeup I typically jump out of bed in the morning to try out my new product. But where does that end? Leave the health risks out for a minute and ask "why is it necessary to alter your look so much that when you don't have makeup on, you are not even recognizable?" I see this project as a way to get the idea that that you are beautiful not Mac or Cover Girl but you... just the way you are.    

-So, what made you want to volunteer for this project? 

I volunteered for this project because I feel socially we are conditioned to see beauty in a certain way. Skin should be smooth and one color, lips should be pink, eyelashes as long as you can make them. In a world with botox, nose jobs, and eyelash extensions, before we end up looking like the capital people from "Hunger Games", we must say "enough!". The truth is I love makeup. I find great joy in having the ability to change my look and love getting new makeup. I am typically not a morning person yet, when I get new makeup I typically jump out of bed in the morning to try out my new product. But where does that end? Leave the health risks out for a minute and ask "why is it necessary to alter your look so much that when you don't have makeup on, you are not even recognizable?" I see this project as a way to get the idea that that you are beautiful not Mac or Cover Girl but you... just the way you are.    

-Going bare-faced in public can be really scary for some women. How did you feel about meeting me at a very crowded Starbucks?   Going to Starbucks was kind of scary. I haven't seen you in so long and have gained a lot of weight. The thought of meeting you felt scary because I didn't have the ability to hide behind my makeup. I was almost like showing up naked. This sounds extreme but really. Having worn make up since I was 11 years old, It has a sort of safety for me. It has become so much of what I do/ who I am it was like leaving the house without pants on. While I felt no judgement from you, I had all that crap in my head. "Fat", "Ugly", blah, blah, blah.  

-Going bare-faced in public can be really scary for some women. How did you feel about meeting me at a very crowded Starbucks?

 

Going to Starbucks was kind of scary. I haven't seen you in so long and have gained a lot of weight. The thought of meeting you felt scary because I didn't have the ability to hide behind my makeup. I was almost like showing up naked. This sounds extreme but really. Having worn make up since I was 11 years old, It has a sort of safety for me. It has become so much of what I do/ who I am it was like leaving the house without pants on. While I felt no judgement from you, I had all that crap in my head. "Fat", "Ugly", blah, blah, blah.  

-You talked about your two young nieces (1 and 4 right?). What advice would you give them for their future in regards to beauty?    Growing up I was told I was beautiful a lot. My grandma would tell me I was beautiful every time I saw her. This was a huge complement because my grandmother was absolutely breath-taking. She was a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. She would tell me "you are beautiful but there is nothing more ugly than I beautiful girl with no brain. Due to your beauty you have to work extra hard to show people you are smart as well!" After 9 years of college I think my degree speaks for me.  I want my nieces to know that they are beautiful. While I would love to see them go to college, I understand that is not for everyone. My sister-in-law got her certificate from the JC and is now a home maker. I often envy her ability to "make a home". My sister-in-law is beautiful and seems to hold the weight of the world on her shoulders flawlessly. While I find true beauty in the strength of women, I am realistic on the fact that people are not often judged on how they love their children, the ability to keep their house running, Often being judged by wrinkles, eye shadow and pant size. I wonder how many relationships are missed because of initial judgments and superficiality. Albert Einstein was quoted saying "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." This is analogize to beauty. I believe everyone is beautiful but if you judge someone on their ability to look like a supermodel they will spend their life thinking they are ugly. I hope my nieces can see their beauty and embrace it.    

-You talked about your two young nieces (1 and 4 right?). What advice would you give them for their future in regards to beauty? 

 

Growing up I was told I was beautiful a lot. My grandma would tell me I was beautiful every time I saw her. This was a huge complement because my grandmother was absolutely breath-taking. She was a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. She would tell me "you are beautiful but there is nothing more ugly than I beautiful girl with no brain. Due to your beauty you have to work extra hard to show people you are smart as well!" After 9 years of college I think my degree speaks for me. 

I want my nieces to know that they are beautiful. While I would love to see them go to college, I understand that is not for everyone. My sister-in-law got her certificate from the JC and is now a home maker. I often envy her ability to "make a home". My sister-in-law is beautiful and seems to hold the weight of the world on her shoulders flawlessly. While I find true beauty in the strength of women, I am realistic on the fact that people are not often judged on how they love their children, the ability to keep their house running, Often being judged by wrinkles, eye shadow and pant size. I wonder how many relationships are missed because of initial judgments and superficiality. Albert Einstein was quoted saying "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." This is analogize to beauty. I believe everyone is beautiful but if you judge someone on their ability to look like a supermodel they will spend their life thinking they are ugly. I hope my nieces can see their beauty and embrace it.  

 

I met Jen about 4 years ago at a good friend's baby shower. She had just had her own little baby herself and I had just found out I was pregnant with #2. We stayed in touch through facebook but no more than that. 

When I put out a plea to have women pose for me bare-faced she immediately responded and made the time in her busy schedule to meet me at a very public place...Starbucks. :) She was absolutely gorgeous...and her eyes...my goodness. You'll have to check out the close ups. 

So, let's get to her story and hear why this project was something important to her.

-What make-up is for women, do you think there is an equivalent for me   I don't believe there is an equivalent for men. 

-What make-up is for women, do you think there is an equivalent for me

 

I don't believe there is an equivalent for men. 

-Do you feel a certain pressure to wear make-up daily?   Absolutely! Being a doctor, I feel like I am supposed to look a certain way. I defy this by wearing jeans and flip-flops in my office everyday. I have gone to work some days with no makeup and I always get asked if I am sick or not feeling well. This happens every time without exception!   

-Do you feel a certain pressure to wear make-up daily?

 

Absolutely! Being a doctor, I feel like I am supposed to look a certain way. I defy this by wearing jeans and flip-flops in my office everyday. I have gone to work some days with no makeup and I always get asked if I am sick or not feeling well. This happens every time without exception! 

 

**See. Her eyes are insanely gorgeous. I couldn't stop staring. And so unique.**

**See. Her eyes are insanely gorgeous. I couldn't stop staring. And so unique.**