Going Without Makeup Challenge

When I said that I was going to try and not wear makeup for a while, I was met with lots of laughter, disbelief and comments like “you will only last two days”. Admittedly, I do not blame people for saying that. I am a huge girly girl and red lipstick has become a part of my identity. I have been wearing the same 40s/50s inspired style of makeup for 7 years now and I do not care for the “natural” look. It’s simply not me.

I love being dressed up 24/7 and am hugely inspired by old Hollywood starlets and glamour. I have always been attracted to things that are a bit odd and eccentric and for me, glamour is exactly that. It is something that anyone can create; you do not need to be naturally beautiful to be glamorous. Red lipstick and black liner and pale skin is just part of my ode to glamour and I love it. Yes, I am one of those girls who will wear a full face of makeup when I do not even plan on leaving the house. I wear makeup for me and only me and I find that empowering. It is so much fun and I will never give it up entirely…

Wearing makeup is such a personal choice. For some, I wear too much makeup whereas others would say I do not wear a lot at all. Some choose not to wear makeup at all and that is totally okay! Its your face. You do you.

So, why on earth would I go without makeup if I love it so much?

It is pretty simple, really. I want to let my skin breathe. I have been doing this for two days now and I promise you, I have noticed a change already. The breakout I got a few days ago has massively cleared up. I have continued on with my normal skin care routine which I do believe helps, but this has sped things up a bit, so I am going to keep on going without makeup! This is nothing to do with confidence, though a boost in confidence would always be welcome! I am very comfortable with who I am, but I always welcome and encourage self love and respect and it will be interesting to see if this changes anything for me.

On an average day, I use primer, concealer, foundation, blush and powder just to create the base of my makeup! That is not even counting the multiple eye products I use. That is a lot of stuff to be putting on your skin. I try and buy the very best quality products that I can when it comes to makeup, but regardless, it is still a lot.  This is an experiment to see if not wearing makeup, particularly base makeup like i listed previously,  makes any difference to the overall natural appearance of my skin. Also, as much as I love makeup, I love the feeling of a bare, clean face. I think most women can vouch for me how amazing it feels to take off a full face of makeup at the end of the day.

I have decided to not wear ANY base makeup for as long as I possibly can. I still put makeup on my brows and curl my lashes and If i feel like it, I will put on lipstick, but that is it. Some days, I will be completely barefaced but I will document this entire journey so you can see for yourself if there is any change in the quality of my skin.

My Natural Skin- Acne and Dryness

My natural skin wavers between really clear and blemish free to dull with hormonal acne breakouts that I seem to get every month when my period is due, so you can say I have combination skin with a tendency to be a bit dry and uneven at times. I did a whole blog post on acne as I have suffered with mild to severe acne most of my teenage to adult life. I have been on countless medications and tried hundreds of different products and treatments and nothing worked. The only thing that worked was patience, a set skincare routine with natural products to help calm the skin, lots of water and living as stress free as possible.  Hormonal acne around the time of your period is super common with most women and there is not much that can get rid of it- its just a part of life. I just happen to get worse breakouts than the average person. It is something that has gotten better as I have gotten older and most people dont actually realise I have it anymore because it has all gone for the most part, but I want to see if I can improve the overall texture of my skin.

The people I know who have the most beautiful skin are the ones who do absolutely nothing to it. My mum has beautiful, clear skin and looks so much younger than her age. She also does not wear makeup such as foundation or any other base makeup. In fact, she doesn’t do anything to her skin. My boyfriend also has really lovely skin and he literally does nothing to it. He is always telling me to stop messing around with my face and if it makes me have skin like his then I will more than happily do as he says.

Before

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After

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I will be documenting my journey with updates every few days or so, so make sure to subscribe/follow so you do not miss a post! Thank you so much for reading. I would love to know if you wear makeup and if you would ever go makeup free! Let me know in the comments below.

Lots of Love,

Elizabeth 

xox

 

16 Comments

  1. Pingback: No Makeup Update- One Week Later

  2. Mignon Cobra says:

    Holy shit! You look so friggin good without makeup! lol Ive only read your enteries where you wear makeup.

    You look like one of those weheartit girls who are the poster girls for “no makeup, makeup look”.

    I love your no makeup look, it’s so inspiring!

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