When I turned thirty, I had the strange idea that I should have Dave take pictures of my naked, mostly unwrinkled face. The point of it was to remind myself that no matter what I look like, I'll never look better than I do RIGHT NOW. I'm only getting older, right?
This year it struck me to do it again. It feels like I've been aging a lot lately, what with my teeth rotting out of my head and the strange reappearance of my teenage zits (thank you Neutrogena Rapid Clear!) . Then I thought how cool would it be to have my photograph taken every year on my birthday! A lifetime of aging, one annual photograph at a time.
So here it is, the second installment of my Graceful Aging Project. You should do it too! My mom took this photo outside this morning, right after my shower and a tiny bit of un-tinted face lotion. No fuss, just plain old me.
And here I am two years ago at the bright young age of 30, taken by Dave, indoors, again with a clean face, no makeup (although it looks like you can see some old mascara under my eyes.)
The funny thing is that aside from losing my old California tan (which is probably for the best anyway), I really don't look that much different at all. I can't wait to see what the next decade does to my face.
And for the record, I ALWAYS wear makeup (and glasses too). I never leave the house without SOMETHING on my face, but my normal daily makeup routine is small: spf 15 lotion mixed with zit cream, very sheer foundation, blush, eyebrow tint, mascara, lip gloss and occasionally a tiny bit of eyeshadow, usually the same color as my skin. The whole thing takes under three minutes and most of that time is spent waiting for my lotion to dry so I can put on my foundation. Since my eyebrows and eyelashes are blond, for me wearing makeup is the difference between looking like an upstanding member of society or a dirty hippie.
A couple more pictures of my naked face are here on Flickr. Happy Birthday to me! I'm off soon to have mom's night out with my old Cali gal pals. (Did I seriously just say "gal pals"? I really am getting old.)