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Meet the bride who went viral - for refusing to wear make-up on her wedding day

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There is definitely something of a #nomakeup revolution going on at the moment, isn’t there?

Adele recently posted a series of barefaced photos and videos on Instagram, and Alicia Keys has penned a powerful essay about why she has chosen to stop covering herself up with beauty products.

“I don't want to cover up anymore,” admitted the singer. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth.

“Nothing.”

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But, when one bride decided to follow suit on her wedding day, it sparked something of a social media meltdown.

A photograph of Bisola Umoren, from Lagos, Nigeria, was shared on 20 August by Bra Kofi on Twitter.

It was captioned: “She refused to wear make-up on her wedding day... Adwoa Mansa, can you do this? I dare you.”

A string of laughing emojis finished the tweet.

In just a few days, the post had been retweeted over 1,300 times. Many praised Umoren for her “natural beauty”, and for having the confidence to go barefaced, while several women revealed that they had also avoided make-up on their own wedding days.

However there were a large number of people who disapproved of the idea, with some even going so far as to suggest that Umoren had made a “lazy” beauty choice for her nuptials.

Speaking with Naij.com, Umoren has now spoken out about her decision.

She said: “When my husband first met me, I had not had my bath, but he saw and fell in love with my natural look.

“My hair was due, my face looked way older, I was even tying nylon on my hair when he came to me on that fateful morning, yet he loved what he saw. So, who am I supposed to be making all that up for on my wedding day?”

Umoren added: “I’m not the make-up type. I don’t even wear earrings or like to drop my hair. I don’t like any form of inconvenience or discomfort on my face, my neck and entire body. 

“It is not a church thing, it is just me and my personal decision.”

Umoren is not the only bride joining the barefaced wedding revolution. In fact, many women have shared photos of their #nomakeupwedding on Instagram (see above).

One bride, who decided to go barefaced for her big day, told ABC News that she typically doesn't wear any makeup and didn't want to change just because it was her wedding.

"I wore flowers in my hair, I wore a really pretty white dress, I wore heels," the American said about her November 2012 nuptials. "I wanted to look presentable for my wedding day, but didn't feel like makeup was part of that process."

She added: "I don't think you need to wear makeup to look beautiful.

"On my wedding day, I felt amazingly beautiful and I was shaking in anticipation and I was completely shocked I was getting married."

Anja Winika, TheKnot.com's site director, gave her own explanation for the trend.

"I think it's a big trend for brides and couples alike to want to feel as much like themselves as possible on their wedding day," she said.

You can read Bisola Umoren’s full interview at Naij.com.

Image: Bisola Umoren's Facebook

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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