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Have I got something fun for you today! I’m joining with over 100 of my gorgeous blogging friends to share pictures of ourselves WITHOUT ANY MAKEUP. It’s part of a campaign dubbed #iambraveandbeautiful. First of all, let me say that going without makeup online isn’t TOO tough for me. It’s pretty much how I live my public life more than half of my week. I do however, aim to show pictures of myself when I look at least half decent, and half decent include at least a touch of makeup. As I get older, I’m definitely not a fan of how I look without makeup.  But you’ll have to wait, first the essence of this movement…

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

Here is a most recent picture of me. It was just after I had my hair colored darker, with a touch of rend. I got a fabulous “blow out” on my hair, and even go my make up done. I loved the way it looked, felt all kinds of fancy.

Kristen Duke headshot

So then I waited a few days, let my hair air dry (as I normally do) and took this picture make up free.

kristen duke without make up or hair

Then I did my normal make up routine (remember, that first shot above with my phone, make up was done by my friend) and I think I almost prefer the no make up version!  I do like to have at least eye liner on to make me look more “awake.”

kristen duke with make up

Here is the side by side of my “sunkissed” light brown hair, gone auburn-ish red. I always thought of myself as light brown hair, and just wanted a touch of golden. Somewhere along the way, my hairstylist kept adding more, and I became a “blond” one day. It wasn’t me, so I went for a drastic change just 2 weeks ago.

Kristen Duke blond and red

I am pretty comfortable in my skin. I like to dress up, but I’m perfectly fine dressed down. I often walk my kids to school in my hot pink checkered pajama pants. I look back and my wedding pictures and think, “Dang, I should have re-applied some lipstick for my reception” or done my hair up all fancy, but I’m a pretty “natural” kinda girl (and look, I’ve gone red).

I had a really close friend in high school and then college, Nicole, who all the guys liked. I was the sidekick that would accompany her at gatherings, and I never got any attention. I was ok with that. I knew I didn’t have “head turning” qualities, and to this day, I joke with her about going to visit a certain boy with her, and he literally didn’t talk to me the entire time. Just she, him, and I. I was invisible. I knew I wasn’t as pretty as her, but that was just awkward. Fortunately, I didn’t let it affect my self esteem too much. I knew I had other qualities that were deeper than surface. When I met my husband though, I figured I was for sure out of his league, but somehow he felt we were a match.

I hope my girls realize that they don’t need make up to be beautiful, and that they can be comfortable in their skin. Yes, we wear make up to “pretti-fy” but it isn’t necessary to be happy.

I’m delighted to be a part of this movement.

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup

1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful

21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful

59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen B and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kid Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

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  1. what a great post! you are beautiful!

  2. Love this! You look amazing with our without makeup!
    McKenzie+@+Girl+Loves+Glam recently posted..Brave and BeautifulMy Profile

  3. You are a beautiful woman on the outside but more importantly you have a beautiful, brave and generous heart. Thanks for being my friend.
    Leigh+Anne+Wilkes+@YourHomebasedMom recently posted..Be Brave and BeautifulMy Profile

  4. Holy Moly! You natural beauty is great! You are so beautiful and especially on the inside! I have loved getting to know you a bit better!
    Kami @ Sweet Charli recently posted..“You Don’t Have to Try So Hard”My Profile

  5. Thank you for sharing your story. I too was that girl that didn’t turn too many heads, but still think I’m beautiful. You are beautiful, inside and out. It’s always been a pleasure to be in your company and look forward to it again. Glad you are a part of our project.
    xoxo

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks so much for all you did for this project, and thank you for saying you know what it’s like to not have been a “head turner!”

  6. I’ve always thought you were so pretty. And you are, but I think what is so striking is your personality. You bring out the best in others. Lisa~

  7. Absolutely Beautiful! Everyone looks fabulous with/without makeup! We’re probably all harder on ourselves than each other. Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah @ Sarah’s Bake Studio recently posted..Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup CupcakesMy Profile

  8. Awesome – I love it! I actually don’t wear make-up; I like the genuineness (is that even a word?) of the natural look, and I figure if this is the way God made me, it’s good enough for me. Sometimes the way women trash themselves when they’re not wearing make-up makes me a little insecure about myself, so seeing all these women just being themselves is just wonderful!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Good for you!! I do like to glam up, but I don’t really know that much about make up! I agree, it is sad that we feel like we have to make excuses for it.

  9. i can NOT believe you didn’t consider yourself “head turning” you are so gorgeous!
    kimbowest recently posted..I AM brave and beautifulMy Profile

  10. Sun-kissed hair, auburn hair, friend applied make up, self applied make up, no make up… all beautiful!
    Jules B. recently posted..Funny Friday- September 2014.My Profile

  11. STUNNING!! You seriously are a natural beauty! Love your red hair and gorgeous eyes!! We have SO loved being a part of this TRY campaign with so many amazing women!! FUN!! #womenneedwomen #hugstimesfive
    Your Sister Circle recently posted..We are Brave and BeautifulMy Profile

  12. You are the cutest ever! I sure like you. Meeting you at BYBC was awesome and I like you even more now 🙂
    Melissa @ Bless this Mess recently posted..That’s What Makes You BeautifulMy Profile

  13. I love this and I love that you shared your story with your readers. I’m the same way, a little eye liner, jeans and tshirt and call it a day. I am so inspired to share my story and join this beautiful campaign on my blog tomorrow! 🙂 Thank you for this.
    Diana recently posted..Our Love Story: It Started with HELLO!My Profile

  14. always, always loved your infectious personality!!! you are happy and comfortable and it shines through! thanks for joining in! xo

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