…on weekdays, anyway!
As someone who blogs about beauty, I’m probably the last person you’d expect to go makeup free. I love makeup; the experimenting, the confidence it gives me, and the ability to enhance my natural features. For the past couple of weeks, however, I’ve decided to put away my beauty blender in favour of a more natural look. Though I’ve allowed myself dressing table access at the weekend, going to work totally barefaced was a real challenge for me. Perhaps surprisingly though, there have also been some amazing benefits!
Here’s what I’ve loved about my break away from makeup:
1. It’s given my skin a chance to breathe. I don’t generally have really bad spots, but they tend to be very sore and lingering when a breakout does happen. Not wearing makeup during the week has made my skin clearer, as my focus has been on a good skincare routine instead.
2. All that extra time! From start to finish, my makeup routine can take around 20 minutes to complete – and that’s if everything goes to plan (definitely longer if I’m wearing liquid eyeliner!). My mornings are more relaxed, and I haven’t had that ‘oh-shit-I’m-already-in-bed-and-I-forgot-to-take-my-makeup-off’ feeling. Because that is literally the worst.
3. Something I’ve struggled with lately is not feeling myself unless I’m wearing makeup. Whilst I wouldn’t worry about popping to the shop without a fully ‘done’ face, I definitely wouldn’t have the confidence to present myself professionally or meet someone for the first time. It was tough at first (and I was told that I look ‘tired’ once or twice – thanks huns), but I’m slowly beginning to feel my confidence grow, and I am getting to the stage where I feel comfortable with or without makeup. Though I have to be honest, I would still prefer to be wearing it at this stage. But who knows how that could change with time?
4. Rather than being part of my daily routine, putting on makeup now feels like a form of self care that I can treat myself to at the weekend. I look forward to pairing my makeup with an outfit, and I find that I’m more likely to experiment with colour and technique when it’s not a daily event.
5. Limiting makeup wearing to 2 days a week rather than 7 means that I’m only wearing makeup 30% of the time (and that’s if I leave the house both Saturday AND Sunday, which is a very rare occurrence). My trusty Maths GCSE informs me that I am therefore using 70% less makeup per week, which adds up to a LOT of saved $$$ (to spend on new products, obv)!
6. Particularly with the boiling hot weather we’ve had over the last couple of weeks, the simple pleasure of being able to splash my face with water at work or rub my eyes without thinking is bloody amazing. No more melty foundation face or panda eyes for me!
Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been easy – and I’ve had plenty of concerns about looking good/pretty enough to be working or at social events. I’m sad that I feel this way, because I know it’s because of the pressures of being a woman in this society. But then again, I genuinely enjoy wearing makeup and find empowerment in being able to present myself however I choose. It’s a difficult distinction to make, and I’m very torn as to how I feel towards it.
So will I carry on living the makeup free life?
Whilst I’m very glad that I’ve challenged myself to a couple of weeks without makeup, I don’t think the completely makeup free life is necessarily for me. I will, however, be going a lot lighter on the makeup throughout the week, swapping full coverage foundation, highlight & contour for a touch of BB cream & a swish of mascara. I miss wearing makeup everyday, but this experience has taught me to appreciate my natural look too.
Would you ever try a makeup free week? Do you worry that you rely on it too much to feel like ‘you’ sometimes? I’d love to know your thoughts, so please get in touch!