I used to wear a lot of makeup. Like, A LOT. But hey, I had a lot of acne & acne scars to cover. I got really good at it too. Especially when in came to concealer and foundation. Which covers your entire face…
However, last year at his birthday party, The Boyfriend casually said to me “You know. I honestly like it better when you don’t wear make-up.”. I thanked him, slightly confused yet mostly relived and just like that I never wore make-up again. (Though, I didn’t even realize it until planning his birthday party for this year.)
May 30th, 2017 marks one entire year of my unintentional/intentional no-makeup journey. Here is what I learned in no particular order…
1.) Everyone Thought I Was Sick.
For the first month-ish someone would ask me something along the lines of, “Are you sick?” or “Are you okay?” at least once a day.
I get how people used to seeing my full-face-of-make-up on the daily would be a little confused. However, absolute strangers were usually the ones asking me these questions! Though, I never figured out why that was…
2.) I Felt Very Naked/Exposed.
If you’re anything like me, I was using my makeup as something to hide behind. It took a long time to get used to. Looking back I don’t think I finally felt total comfort being anywhere until around 7-8 months in.
I first had to get used to being make-up free in my usual places: home, work, around family & friends. That only took a few weeks to feel decent. It’s when you do things like, go out with your dolled up friends or attend an event that you really want to cave.
Don’t get me wrong, It’s not like a totally gave up on my appearance. It’s just that, as a female, you look a silly taking extra care of your appearance, shaving, grooming your eyebrows, dressing up yet not even apply a bit of mascara. Which bring me to…
3.) I Had A Hard Time Getting Used to Looking at Myself.
Final checks in the mirror before you leave the house or catching a glimpse of yourself in a window or the mirror in the bathroom were all really though for a while. Especially when you finally forgot to care about what you look like, allowing yourself to genuinely enjoy an experience. Only to get hit with the though of “Oh shoot, THAT is what I looked like this whole time?”.
4.) I Feel So Fresh and So Clean, Always.
The absolute bliss of having a fresh clean face all day long is the number one reason I never ended up with make-up on my face this last year. Though, with my acne I may not have always looked so-fresh-and-so-clean, I definitely felt it.
BONUS: I could laugh, cry, sweat and even get rained on without having to worry. Do you know what that feels like?! FREEDOM I TELL YA!
5.) My Acne Finally Started to Clear!
Though, there were many things I had to do to finally heal my severe cystic acne, going sans makeup played a huge roll. About a month after I did not have a single blackhead on my face. (I promise I will write all about my acne healing journey soon.)
6.) I Save So Much Time aka I Get So Much More Sleep!!
I fell like this is a bit self- explanatory but, I’ll give you the gist. I wake up 30 minutes before I have to leave anywhere. That gives me time to shower, do my extensive skincare routine, get dressed and even make my morning smoothie without rushing.
7.) I Have Gained More Confidence Than I Could Ever Imagine.
Once I stopped covering up and hiding behind my mask everything changed for me. Not only did I finally feel comfortable with showing my true face, I finally felt comfortable showing my true self.
“I hope to God it’s a revolution. ‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.” – Alicia Keys
The whole reason I am where I am today is because of my daily decision to not hide my face. …And to think, all I needed was that one little push from the human I love the most.
Now, I want you to know that I am in no way knocking people that want to wear makeup. You do you. Am I ever going to wear it again? Probably, yeah! (Especially now that I found the most wonderful, all-natural, certified organic, vegan, crulty-free, etc.. cosmetics.) However, I will never use it for more than an enhancement of my natural beauty for very special occasions.
I would love to know what you think. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!!