Celebrities: They're just like us. Oftentimes, the glitz and glam we see on the big screen and the red carpet presents a cloudy, facade-like image of celebrities. When truth be told, they don't walk around with a full face of makeup and a highlighter beaming to the heavens all the time. Sure, they're more done-up than the average person is on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean they're more beautiful than anyone else. Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland—who is typically seen in the spotlight looking close as anyone can be to perfect—shed light on loving the skin you're in behind all the makeup.
Of course, this was when the actress posted a raw, makeup-free selfie on Instagram that, in a short period of time, racked up over 326,000 likes and 1500 comments. After watching her drenched in makeup for all these years, seeing her filter-free photo and bare-faced skin is refreshing. But it's her caption that's even more empowering. She wrote: "Monday Mantra: Be patient. Be kind. Be free. Don't stress. Don't overthink. Don't worry. Just be. #nomakeupmonday #theresnofilterforlife." You can say that again, girl.
Commenters are thrilled to see this genuine reminder for and call to self-love. It's an aide-memoire of the fact we're so often bombarded with the commonly-held societal belief that we desperately need surface-level things like makeup and filters to feel beautiful. And actresses, without their consent, are idolized for perpetuating this stereotype. So someone like Hyland preaching the gospel we all need to hear is a down-to-earth moment that should happen more often on social media.
This isn't the first time the actress has kept it real for her followers. A few months back, she posted a series of makeup-free photos in the bathtub accompanied by another inspiring message.
She wrote: "Caption change: Women are funny. Women are brave. Women are caring and strong. We are raw and tough. Our bodies defy reason and our minds are powerful. I'm confident. I'm insecure. I'm a woman. I'm human. Think whatever you'd like about these photographs. I like to think of them as moments of art and expression suspended in time."
In many ways, Hyland's message is affirming the fact that true beauty starts from within. Don't ever feel like you need to depend on makeup to feel like your best self, because your best self is a feeling and not a look. In the spirit of both skincare and art, everything starts with a clean canvas. A part of self-care (if you're into it) is spoiling your skin with products that'll enhance your natural beauty. You don't need skincare to be beautiful, but it's a good way to feel moreso. Ahead are some of the most raved-about products that'll give you glowing skin sans makeup.
Here's to your best skin confidence yet!