"Sometimes I just want to walk out of the house ready and dressed for the day, without any makeup on, and not feel so self conscious to moment I enter public. 

Because a lot of us put some form of makeup on each day, we are so used to seeing a refreshed version of ourselves. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but it is so easy to get caught up in it. We as women begin to think that we have to wear it to be beautiful or presentable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to promote “laziness” or the fact that it is okay to go out looking like a hobo all the time. But it is okay to feel beautiful in your own natural skin. You don’t need makeup to be beautiful. You need grace, love for others, and self-confidence to be beautiful.

We are so excited to begin this No Makeup Monday campaign and we challenge you to dare to bare your beautiful self! Give your skin a break, show the world your refreshing face and that beauty isn't all about your outside appearance. 

When I was a teen I absolutely hated having freckles, I wanted to have a flawless, clear face like all the models did, so I would apply a lot of coverup to hide all my "angel kisses". But as I got older I began to embrace my freckles and realized they were a unique feature of mine. I still cover them up out of habit, but when I go makeup free, they pop out and I am reminded of the unique beauty that everyone is given." - LARZ

We have teamed up with one of our devout followers, Alexandra Butz (@missginger13) to start #BBnomakeupmonday/#BBNMM. She was the one who inspired us to add this to our movement and we are more than happy about it! We loved what she had to say about #BBNMM:


"Makeup: Something to enhance or change the ‘make-up’ of our face.

Consider how much power we give that 1 fl. oz bottle of Bare Minerals Foundation. We give that tiny bottle that is SMALLER than us the power to make or break our day with how the application of the cream goes. Consider how much money we spend on makeup. Now, I am not disregarding that makeup is fun for women to use. In my last article for Be Bona Fide, I told you about how my love for lip gloss and lipstick started at a young age; an age where it was purely for fun and not for the impressing of others. But I was scrolling through my Twitter the other day and a picture of the quote that had a couple hundred retweets and over 1,000 favorites that stated, “why does my makeup always look good when I’m staying home but doesn’t when I’m going out?” It dawned on me: Females of all ages are told NOT to be confident. It’s in magazines, TV, and all over social media even though it might not be spelled out for us, we are smart enough to feel it. So, what if our makeup is the same, but we are more confident in our own homes without the pressure and influence of the rules of womanhood that society has laid down for us and less confident when we are out and about amongst other women and men?

Be Bona Fide and I are starting this movement because it’s something we can relate to and something that all of our female sisters everywhere will be able to relate to as well. We’re all in this together, so if we can admit to our struggles with makeup, and come together to realize that it’s a universal feeling of not being good enough, feeling uncomfortable, and not being able to enjoy what we are doing because of how we MIGHT be portrayed, we will be able to change the thought process one woman at a time. I want to be able to say that I wear makeup because I WANT to, not because I feel like I HAVE to. Ladies, we need to realize that there IS a difference. 

If you want to join Be Bona Fide and I in this movement, I would be glad to welcome you with open arms, as I speak for myself and Laura and Nicole of Be Bona Fide. Today, Monday, July 27 there is a FREE DOWNLOAD where you can choose from two different graphics and print out. It’s a print that Laura Rush (@ruffled_inkdesigns) made especially for this movement. Hold up the sign with no makeup on and write a post about YOUR experiences. Make sure to hashtag #BBnomakeupmonday & #bebonafide with your post so we have a collection of all of the participants!"

Can't wait to see your beautiful bare faces!!

Here is the link to our free download >> http://www.bbonafide.com/shop/bbnomakeupmonday-free-print?category=Free+Downloads