If you had told me just a few short months ago I’d be writing about how I’m embracing makeup-free days well, you’d have been met with a lot of laughter (and possibly a few expletives) but blow me down with a feathered makeup brush, that’s exactly what I’m doing!
Let me tell you a little something about me and makeup…
I’m in love with makeup (I know I’m not alone). I love everything about it – the colours, the textures, the packaging, what it can do, how it makes me feel! I’ve been wearing makeup from as young as I was able to get away with it. I was quite good at secretly applying it too, I never got called up to the front of the class to be issued with the dreaded baby wipe.
This was all self-taught. My mother – naturally blessed with a flawless complexion – never had a need for makeup (yes, I envied her this too). In the time pre-YouTube, everything I knew was from magazines plus a good amount of trial and error.
Makeup was something I would never leave the house without. I was even wearing makeup during my labour (both of them). Yes, I was obsessed with wearing it. And for anyone who is nodding along reading this, you’ll know how much of a big step what follows was for me.
Why I started embracing makeup-free days…
It was completely by accident & quite public, it happened on Instagram. I did a little video and posted it. An hour or so later whilst getting ready to go out, putting on my makeup, my heart stopped for a second. I realised I had just posted on my public account a video of me talking without a scrap of makeup on my face. WT actual F?!! How did I not realise this when I was recording it – I did see the video before I shared it. What was I not thinking? Instantly loading up IG ready to delete my story, I paused. Then I closed my App and took myself off for a serious chat.
Why I didn’t delete the story…
If I’m honest, this had been building for a little while. For as much as I love makeup, around that time it had started to feel like a bit of a chore. Working from home, sometimes only heading out for the school runs it just seemed pointless giving time to applying it and then even more time to properly take it off. It made me question, why am I doing this?
Around this time too I had completed therapy, was doing a lot of research & work around self-awareness, self-acceptance & self-worth – I naturally started to question my motives. Plus, I had become aware how little people actually cared about how I looked. Let me share this truth, you care the most about how you look, everyone else is more focused on how they look. And, if someone did actually care about how I looked, they’re not likely to tell me – so why should it affect me?
Let’s sum that up… Why am I going through all of this effort because someone may or may not notice (or even care for that matter) that I’m not wearing makeup?
Am I less of a person for not wearing it? Is my value diminished? I don’t think so.
So that’s when I went for it, a little social experiment if you will…
Each day before I’d put on my makeup I’d ask myself:
What is your reason for putting on makeup today?
If the answer was ‘Because I love it & I’m happy to’ then on the makeup would go.
But if the answer was ‘Because I feel I should’ then a deep breath was taken & the makeup would go away.
For my first few outings, I was a bit anxious, but honestly, it was fine. It really wasn’t a big deal, nobody seemed to care – or if they did, they didn’t say anything. I started to do it more. It was actually quite liberating. I was gaining precious time & saving effort. Plus my complexion looked clearer.
Did you know? Dermatologists claim going makeup-free for just 2-days per week (either consecutive or non-consecutive) can result in younger, healthier-looking skin. The absence of makeup promotes skin cell turnover allowing healthy cells to regenerate, reducing the risk of fine lines, irritation & breakouts. Source: Mail Online
My decision to embrace makeup-free days hasn’t all been hell-yeahs! & high-fives…
In sharing my decision the reaction was inevitably mixed. I received feedback such as, ‘I think you’re insane’ and even ‘what about your husband?’ (I mean, seriously?) One friend broke out in a cold sweat thinking I was trying to rope her into some makeup-free cult; whilst another was actually a bit angry with me, almost like I was letting the side down. In both instances I had to quite passionately explain it wasn’t going to change who I was – I still am who I am -this was just me being comfortable in my own skin.
Still, even these types of conversation haven’t deterred me. I’m more than makeup. You are too!
So am I going completely makeup-free now?
My love for makeup has not changed, only my relationship with it has altered. I don’t see it as a mandatory mask anymore. I love how it accentuates me but it does not define me. And I couldn’t be happier about this breakthrough.
Should you be embracing makeup-free days too?
The strength of your reaction to this question will actually reveal a lot. Ultimately it’s completely up to you and what makes you happy. But allow me to just reiterate a few points I’ve come to realise through my own experience…
~ You are still you without makeup.
~ You need to care less about what others think and more about how you feel.
~ Makeup should be a tool to empower & accentuate – not a mask to hide behind.
~ There is nothing more liberating than being comfortable in your own skin.
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Do you wear makeup? What’s your relationship like with it? Would you consider makeup-free days? Or do you already happily not wear makeup at all? I’d love to hear your thoughts, just leave me a comment in the box below!