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Moms Without Makeup! 25 Real Moms Show Their Real, Beautiful, Uncovered Faces

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Lori, one of the brave moms who sent in photos of herself before and after makeup

Recently, XOJane.com asked readers to share candid photos of their bellies. The result was a collection of glorious images of “real” women’s stomachs — not a single airbrushed ab in sight, although there were plenty of stretch marks and scars.

That inspired us to reach out to Babble readers and ask if you would show us your real faces — before and after makeup. Because we know beauty isn’t only skin deep, despite the fact that many of us enjoy a little help from the cosmetic counter before putting our best faces forward when facing the world each day.

The response has been overwhelming, and gorgeous — after makeup, but especially before. The faces that your children and partners get to see first thing in the morning are the ones that tickled us with the most happiness. Of course, your “after” faces with a little mascara, blush and lip gloss are entirely lovely, too.

Take a look at the brave moms who bared it all to remind us once again that sometimes the most un-glamorous shots can be the most beautiful ones of all:

 


  • Alexandra 1 of 25
    Alexandra
    Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Amy T. 2 of 25
    Amy T.
    The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
    - Audrey Hepburn
  • Amy W. 3 of 25
    Amy W.
    Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
    - Aristotle
  • Ashley C. 4 of 25
    Ashley C.
    Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
    - Khalil Gibran
  • Ashley B. 5 of 25
    Ashley B.
    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
    - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Carolyn 6 of 25
    Carolyn
    So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women.
    - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Casey 7 of 25
    Casey
    Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
    - Confucius
  • Danielle 8 of 25
    Danielle
    The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
    - Audrey Hepburn
  • Devan 9 of 25
    Devan
    I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
    - Bob Dylan
  • Heather 10 of 25
    Heather
    What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
    - Leo Tolstoy
  • Jamie 11 of 25
    Jamie
    Love is the beauty of the soul.
    - Saint Augustine
  • Jennifer 12 of 25
    Jennifer
    The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
    - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Jessica 13 of 25
    Jessica
    Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
    - Anne Frank
  • Julie 14 of 25
    Julie
    To love beauty is to see light.
    - Victor Hugo
  • Karryn 15 of 25
    Karryn
    Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
    - Sophia Loren
  • Linds 16 of 25
    Linds
    The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
    - Francis Bacon
  • Molly 17 of 25
    Molly
    Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
    - Franz Kafka
  • Nitzah 18 of 25
    Nitzah
    'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
    - John Keats
  • Paula 19 of 25
    Paula
    The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum.
    - Alexis Carrel
  • Sally 20 of 25
    Sally
    There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
    - John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Susan 21 of 25
    Susan
    The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
    - Audrey Hepburn
  • Valerie 22 of 25
    Valerie
    Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
    - H.G. Wells
  • Mira 23 of 25
    Mira
    At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.
    - Toni Morrison
  • Pilar 24 of 25
    Pilar
    There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
    - Charles Baudelaire
  • Sharon 25 of 25
    Sharon
    It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
    - Maya Angelou

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