No Makeup Week

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I didn’t wear makeup for a full week. This is what happened.

No one noticed

Not a single person said anything, looked at me twice, said I looked tired, or asked if I was okay. If they did notice, they didn’t mention it. I was totally expecting this to happen, but my fears were unfounded.

My skin has become clearer

Granted, this could be a number of factors affecting my skin (more on that in a few weeks!). But my skin feels better during the day at work, because it can breathe. I’m noticing less breakouts and my pores don’t seem as enlarged.

I have more time

Even a bare bones makeup routine takes me at least ten minutes, so having an extra ten minutes of time up my sleeve is nothing to sneeze at. Even if this is used snoozing, I still appreciate the extra time.

Apparently, my brows are fine

I’ve had a fear for YEARS about my brows looking awful when they weren’t done. Even on no-makeup days previously, I would still at least add a little pencil or powder to my brows to fill them out. But I’ve found that I am growing used to my natural brow shape as the days go on.

Mascara isn’t required all the time

Using an eyelash curler makes such a HUGE difference alone that I didn’t feel the need to add mascara. Plus not washing off mascara at the end of the day (my most hated job) is a real treat.

My clothes are cleaner

I am a self confessed clumsy person, and this includes accidentally smearing lipstick, lipgloss, and foundation on the clothes. I still wear lip balm during the day, but I’ve found my colours and necklines don’t get those weird orange nude tones around them anymore. Mum would be proud haha.

I feel liberated

It feels pretty damn good right now to not wear makeup. I feel as though I am being more myself and not adhering to other people’s rules. Even though I always maintained I was wearing makeup for myself (and it’s totally cool if you do wear makeup for yourself!) there was always an expectation, especially in a workplace, to wear makeup. Why does being female and professional equal wearing makeup? It’s ridiculous.

Putting on makeup feels more special

After a week of wearing no makeup, Shannon and I went out to dinner and I decided to use a little concealer, add some mascara and fill in my brows, and wear a lip colour. I felt a little bit more special for putting on makeup, but still didn’t feel overdone or caked up like I sometimes do. It was a nice change.

A quick disclaimer at the end of this post for you. I may wear makeup again. I don’t think other people should stop wearing makeup. I know a lot of my readers are passionate about makeup, which I was once too. If it’s what you love – you do you! I just wanted to share my first week being makeup free with you, and to show you that it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. – K

Would you consider going a full week bare faced? Have you before?

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  • I love being makeup free! I love how non cakey my skin looks, as every single foundation makes it look cakey. I don’t wear it on weekends unless we are going somewhere special but generally if we’re just going to dinner I won’t bother. I don’t wear it usually on holidays (maybe 1 day) either because I can’t be bothered, but I still pack it!

    I wasn’t allowed to wear a drop of makeup in high school which was great for my teenage skin. My teachers were ex nuns and used to make us wash it off!

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

    • Kate Flint

      Those nuns were onto something! I think my teenager skin could have benefited from a lot less makeup, I cringe at the thought!

  • Go Guurl! Man I hardly wear makeup, especially to work, and if I do, its mascara, cream blush and gimme-brow – takes all of 3 mins, I did wear lipstick every day last week though, but nothing else!! ha Even if I do wear a full face of make-up these days, I will only use a tinted moisturiser and cream products! Total lazy girl make-up! I just can’t be bothered.

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

    • Kate Flint

      Your skin is so amazing Mel, I wouldn’t even be able to tell if you were bare faced!!

  • I’ve also been doing the no make up thing, my skin feels so much better! Even when I wear makeup now my skin feels clogged. So its nice to have make up free days on my days off.
    I’ve stopped using eyeliner as I haven’t found a good Zero Waste alternative yet. Although, Bea Johnson uses burnt almonds!
    Maybe one day there won’t be such stigma about not wearing make up/wearing make up and we can all be bare faced or full faced!

    x

    Ironic Minimalist // http://www.ironicminimalist.com

    • Kate Flint

      It does feel SO amazing! I have been looking at zero waste alternatives but I have so much cf makeup to use up at the moment that I think if I do feel like wearing something I will use it up first so I am being less wasteful. Burnt almonds sounds interesting though!

  • AHHH I could never go makeup free every single day – but every now and then I go to work with no make – it makes me look really ill!! But I feel amazing so liberated and yeah definitely more time

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Kate Flint

      I used to feel the same way but I think a lot of it is just in your head (about looking ill I mean). But by no means do you not have to wear makeup, your face your choice! 🙂

  • Wendy Quah

    It’s good to go makeup-less some days! But sometimes it’s so hard to do when you’re so used to it >.<. P.S you still look fab without makeup!!

    Wendy | http://www.wendyquah.com/

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely hard if you’re not used to it! I’ve been cutting down over a few weeks and this was my first full week without any at all! And thanks so much, you’re too kind 🙂

  • That’s awesome you have it a try and you learnt some cool insights. I’ve always felt makeup is an option and I don’t have a problem running errands or doing boring day to day tasks without makeup. I’ve had jobs in the past where I would go months without wearing makeup. I think we should all aim to feel a little more comfortable in our natural skin just as much as we do makeup.

    • Kate Flint

      So true, I rarely used to wear it running errands (except for eyebrows, always made sure to fill them in no matter what). I used to work in a super strict corporate type job and now while I still work in an office, it’s a bit more lax which is a nice change 🙂

  • So nice to hear the points you mentioned, I love no -makeup days and then as you mentioned, it feels special when applying makeup after few days of break. Great post.

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely good to have a balance, thanks lovely ! 🙂 xx

  • Lubz

    For about a year before I started blogging, I stopped wearing makeup. It felt great not to wear makeup to work. But it then meant I felt lazy when I got to date nights with the husband and couldn’t be bothered to wear makeup for a night out. Now I tend to favour minimal makeup when I go to work.

    Lubz || http://lubzsays.com

  • I’ve been going to work more frequently without makeup. At first I was really nervous but now I’m embracing it! I love how clear my skin is and also how much time I have! You look beautiful with no makeup xx

  • I always feel so liberated when I wear no make up – even no base! I feel like saying to people ‘yo did you notice I’m not wearing any make up’ lol so lame!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • I only wear makeup if it’s a special occasion, or if I feel like it, or if I have to do a fashion post for my blog that requires me in the shot; but for the most part I go sans makeup day to day. I have shown my non made-up face on my blog before & no-one’s commented on my skin or my surgical scar or anything, so I guess it’s better than I think it is! I suppose I’m like this because of my Mum & her rarely wearing makeup – I’ve had to learn all the tricks & applications etc all on my own.

    Shell // The Novice Life