Don鈥檛 get us wrong 鈥 we love a crazy, bold beauty look as much as the next makeup maven. One of our editors even spent the weekend testing out those ultra dark lip colors that have been trending. At the same time, there is something to be said for the power of going makeup-free. To further explore the relationship between makeup and women, photographer Steve聽Osemwenkhae created this stunning photo series aptly titled 鈥No Makeup Series.鈥

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In the series (which you can also follow on Instagram), Steve has photographed over 100 women without cosmetics. Accompanying the portraits is a quote from the woman featured with her thoughts about makeup. Osemwenkhae recently told Hello Giggles, 鈥淭his project started as an idea to celebrate beauty, and now it has become something bigger than myself and my art. It鈥檚 a vehicle to showcase natural beauty, but also to change the narrative on how we define beauty as a whole.鈥 Scroll on down to check out a few of our favorite photos and what each woman had to say about makeup.

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鈥淢edia definitely has a huge influence on our idea of beauty and what is 鈥榓ppropriate in the society. It projects the trends that are in the fashion industry and therefore guide women on what is the current 鈥榯hing鈥 to do. In my opinion it鈥檚 fun and a cool way to express yourself, experimenting with different looks, making yourself look different. Personally, it gives me more confidence and I believe I look prettier with make up on. BUT the important thing for any woman is to feel beautiful in any situation, with or without makeup and that鈥檚 where the media isn鈥檛 helping, as it portrays perfection (skin, eyes, lips) and we try to reach that perfection through makeup. We are all perfect in our own way.鈥

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鈥淚 LOVE makeup鈥 I love watching videos, reading reviews, going to Sephora and trying new products but makeup is my mood enhancer鈥 It鈥檚 not everyday I need my eyebrows 鈥榦n fleek鈥 or lashes to heaven or a bold lip鈥 I don鈥檛 leave the house face 鈥榖eat to the gods鈥 to go to the grocery store鈥 I don鈥檛 ever cover up my freckles, I don鈥檛 get my eyebrows done, but that鈥檚 just me鈥 I just don鈥檛 feel the need鈥 Don鈥檛 get me wrong I can and I will, but I am comfortable with a clean and fresh face鈥

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鈥淚 think that makeup should be an option for people who want to wear it, but not a requirement. As a woman, and a college student living with four other females I feel pressure to wear it from the people around me, and often get comments pointing out that I do not regularly wear makeup. I think everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin and not self-conscious of imperfections that we all have. Instead I think we should embrace the beauty that we were given and use makeup more as a highlight of that beauty than a mask to create society鈥檚 idea of beauty. That being said, I think the media plays a huge role in why so many people, men and women, wear makeup daily to cover up 鈥榠mperfections鈥 that are normal and natural. Makeup is fun of course and can change someone鈥檚 appearance greatly, but I don鈥檛 think that it should be required and/or expected from anyone.鈥


鈥淲hen I was growing up, makeup was a way to change who I was and emulate those I admired. Nowadays it鈥檚 more about being comfortable and owning my own skin. On a daily basis I rarely wear more than eyeliner, mascara, and blush, sometimes lipstick if I鈥檓 feeling bold. It shouldn鈥檛 be about changing or hiding things, but about enhancing the features you love and what makes you unique.鈥

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鈥淎 person鈥檚 face is like a blank canvas. Make up is the paint that dictates the mood of the piece. Everything a true artist creates is from the soul. Love, pain, joy transcends through every piece that is created as does make up on a person鈥檚 face.鈥

What are your thoughts about wearing makeup every day? Share with us in the comments below.

(Photos via Steve聽Osemwenkhae)