So I never thought I would get to a point of not wanting to put on makeup. But, I’ve been makeup free for a year and loving it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a huge product junkie and love to play in makeup but I also love my skin and believe in giving it a break. In actuality, I love my bare unfiltered skin more and more everyday.
It started a couple years ago, where due to a tornado that damaged my office, our office became anywhere we can find space, so we were going to work very casually. It was hot and humid, and we were working with what we had left from the damage.
I began to feel like, you know what, I don’t want to be walking out here in 100 degree weather. Worried about if it’s sweating off, disappearing, and yes oil blotting like crazy. But I had this huge fear of not looking put together, professional, or like I cared about myself if I didn’t put on something.
I was having all these emotions because I wanted to give my skin a break and I wanted to feel free. I was conflicted because some in my office thought makeup was an essential to come to work. On the other hand, I didn’t want to be so dependent on makeup. Also, I know for a fact makeup doesn’t have any reflection on work performance.
So when the tornado hit, it kicked that feeling of wanting to be free in overdrive and I felt like it was the right opportunity for me to break free.
But one of the biggest obstacles, was yes I wanted to be free, but I didn’t want to look oily or greasy all day. Um, yeah I’m one of those girls who have oily skin and I love my oily skin. The benefits of having oily skin helps with my anti aging, but that’s for another post. Anyway, I began to play around with products and minimizing my routine as much much as possible. I settled on a primer to keep the oil at bay and it blurs my skin as well, apply two coats of mascara, brow gel, and some lipgloss. I felt like hey, it doesn’t look like I just rolled out of bed and no one will be able to fry eggs on my face. That was cool but I still didn’t feel “free”.
Fast forward to quarantine and that desire arose again. Yes, I was going to the office but, it was for a couple of hours and I was alone with the door locked while I was there. So you guessed it, I felt no need to get up extra early to apply makeup 💄 .
I have been literally makeup free and loving it for a year now. I don’t even do the primer, mascara, and lipgloss. Actually, Carmex has been my go to lip moisturizer because I will not have crusty lips. And I feel good and it feels good to show up bare face as myself, without a “mask”. I no longer care if others feel like it isn’t professional and I no longer feel like I’m not put together. Me going to work, grocery store, or wherever else without makeup has nothing to do with what I have to offer or my performance. In fact, I feel more comfortable, at peace, and free.
Now I didn’t set out to be makeup free with a certain time frame. It just happened that I love being free so much that I haven’t went back. Of, course I still play in makeup when I have free time. It’s still a hobby of mine and a way for me to have my “me time”. Self Care Beauty Routine
Going out bare skin, has given me so much more free time in the morning. Here’s a big one, I don’t go down the makeup aisles as much anymore. First I’m not using as much so I don’t need to replenish. Because the desire isn’t there daily I no longer feel like I have to try everything that has launched. So yes I’ve saved a lot of money being makeup free. I stick to my skin care regimen and keep that simple as well. I’ve been thankful to find products that I can wear that doesn’t give me the greasy look and still keep me moisturized.
I’ve noticed how much more confident I am when I go out. It’s so ironic, because you would think that the makeup will give me that boost. But me showing up bare and myself has mentally and emotionally been beneficial. I’m loving my natural glow and wouldn’t trade it for a highlighter.
If you’ve been struggling with skin issues, time in the morning, confidence, or feeling trapped by always having to be made up, then I encourage you to show up and bare it all. There is a liberating feeling that you’ll receive. Think of it as taking the mask off, many of us hide behind masks of all sorts. Removing the mask will set you free.
Be you so you can be free.