Last Nov/Dec, I decided to go a year without makeup. I actually never wore much to begin with….at most some eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara when going out on weekends or for a special occasion. But I wanted to try a year without any sort of “cover up” or “embellishment” of my features.
Today is December 25th, and I’ve done it! Gone all 2018 without anything on my face other than the occasional sunscreen, lotion/moisturizer, or chapstick.
Now to reflect…
Why did I do it?
I decided to go make-up free because I started to question myself when putting on eyeliner, etc, before going out with friends on the weekend. Who was I trying to look like? Why did having longer lashes or bold eyes “prettier”? Did I not like how I looked naturally? Was I trying to hide something?
When I couldn’t come up with the answers to these questions, I decided it was time to stop. I did it for myself, but also to challenge the beauty standards set for women of today.
What did I learn?
The most important thing I learned from no makeup is that no one noticed or cared or said anything other than they were supportive of this no make-up movement! Not one person that I told about my goal said anything other than wow that’s awesome.
I still went to parties, weddings, events, dates, work, ..just lived my regular life. Life was just as good, if not, even better than before because I didn’t feel like I was hiding anything about my appearance.
And for anyone out there (particularly women) who feel that they will be less beautiful without make-up, I promise you this is not true!! If anything you may stand out more as someone who is comfortable in her own skin.
Pros of living make-up free?
There are so many benefits to living without make-up:
– Save money
– Save time!!!
– Live healthier (no more products on face, and also you tend to focus more on eating nutritiously and drinking water for a natural glow)
– Learn to always love yourself just as you are! And demand that others do too:)
Cons of living make-up free?
This one is hard to answer because anytime I felt tempted to wear make-up I just ended up questioning the systems in our society that set me up to feel that way.
So instead of a list of “cons” (since there really aren’t any), I’ll just write the list of how I dealt with certain emotions/scenarios in my make-up free life:
– missing out on that “transformational” feeling when going from your natural look to a more glamorous version of you. If I ever felt this emotion, I would ask myself, Who determines what or who is beautiful? True beauty starts from within and radiates outwards. No one looks like your, unique self–so stay that way and show the world YOUR beauty!!
– Nothing to cover up pimples or blemishes. If I ever felt embarrassed by a bump on my skin I would remind myself that we are out own worst critics! Others are nicer to us that we are to ourselves! Embrace your imperfections. And if you want to look on a deeper level, I am a strong believer that certain blemishes on our skin are signs of something off with internal health–so check your diet, exercise, water, stress levels!!!
So what now?
Am I going to live the rest of my life without any make-up? Who knows, but at least not to feel more attractive or beautiful because I know that I can feel that way in my natural skin. I know I can go to a party, formal event, or celebrate a special occasion with my bare face and still have an amazing time.
What I would like to do now is talk about it more. I’ve been fairly quiet about this little experiment for the year, but I really would like to see more of my friends, particularly those who are women, try this make-up free life and see what they learn about themselves.
I would like to see more of my friends’ naturally beautiful faces in 2019 🙂 Funny how we do not know what a lot of the women in our lives actually look like! I’m curious to see if there will be a noticeable shift towards more make-up free women in the years to come.
Anyone going to try this in 2019? Talk to me!!