Today marks the day of being makeup free for (a little over) 6 months.
Yes, 6 months. I have a beauty blog and I’ve been makeup free for 6 months. (Although I still wear lipstick and blush for “important” events so that I look remotely alive.) But other than that… no makeup.
It all started when I got a few eye conditions due to J&J contacts, and me being me, I was super paranoid to put anything else on my eyes. Now, my eyes have some chronic condition which I am SO thrilled about, obviously. I don’t want to complain though – it could be worse.
And you know what? It’s been quite a lesson. I miss it, obviously – I never knew how much I enjoyed applying makeup, but there are some totally cool things about not wearing makeup…
- First of all, people keep telling me that “you look so young”, and everyone is convinced I’m still in junior high. (Works for me.)
- Men don’t even notice! I showed up at a party and one of my female friends immediately exclaimed, “Renee, I’ve never seen you without makeup!” (She has.) A male friend was next to me and said, “Really? Isn’t she wearing makeup right now?” Of course, this could mean two things: I, ahem, look as good without makeup as I do with (doubtful), or… makeup is probably not as noticeable as you think (I do tend to do the natural look, though). Either way, if you’re worried your man might run out of the room screaming when you go makeup-free for the first time, don’t fret. They probably won’t notice.
- Everything takes less time. You know after a long day, all you want to do is shower and pass out in bed? And then you remember you gotta remove all your damn makeup because you’ll get zits, blah blah blah? With no makeup, you are in bed within 5 mins! Also, you never miss the bus in the morning – ever. Slap on some moisturizer and and I’m out the door.
- I feel really “clean”. As in, there is no heavy feeling of makeup on my skin, my eyelashes don’t feel like spiders from mascara, there is no chalky lipstick feeling on my lips… my face feels very “pure”, if you know what I mean.
That being said: I still miss makeup. Eye makeup, that is. It’s nice to have the option to play with makeup, but I am OK without it too. It took awhile – I mean, I am only human – but these 6 months thought me a lot about myself, self esteem, and how others perceive you – and that makeup or no makeup, glasses or no glasses, you are beautiful!
Tell me – how do you feel about going makeup free? Do you feel insecure around your partner (at least in the beginning?) when you go makeup free? What do you think about going makeup free for half a year – are you freaked out just thinking about it? I would love to start a discussion on how much we are “dependent” on makeup.