Going make-up free wasn’t initially a conscious decision. I didn’t wake up one morning and go, ‘you know what I want to do?’ It kind of just happened! Post-holiday, I went a few days without doing any make up, and when I finally pulled out my make-up bag, I found that some of my favorite products were missing! I’d left them behind in Sardinia… I don’t have the faintest idea how, as I’m pretty sure I checked every inch of that room before leaving… So, needless to say, when I actually wanted to wear make up… well, I couldn’t! My usual response would be to rush out and buy some replacements, but something this time stayed my hand. I thought I’d give going make-up free a go!
There were a few days in the last month or so that I might have added just a hint of eyeliner, but everything else you see, is me without any make-up at all. 100% make-up free. Honestly, I feel like it’s taught me a few things about myself that I wasn’t really expecting…
It’s time to do a clear out and really assess what make-up I need.
I think the fact that I took make-up on holiday and left most of it there speaks volumes. I have some products that I’ve had for years, but don’t really use! I know my basic look for everyday life (a good, old fashioned cat-eye) but I don’t even do that every day. Why not? It also means, when I spend money on products, they’re going to waste. Being make-up free for a month has allowed me to pinpoint the things I miss. Like eyeliner, and taming my brows. I’ve stopped plucking them too, but I did use my Glossier Boy Brow just about every day and I’m itching for more. Time to clear out the old, and really invest in a few little things that I’ll actually use!
I really need to take better care of my skin
You can add this to the list of things I’m bad at: washing my face on a regular basis. I know, I know… it’s really terrible, but I’m trying to make more of an effort with it! Honestly, I realized with a jolt the other week that I hadn’t actually washed my face properly in a week or two. That’s terrible! I’m making a much more concerted effort to wash my face and use toner and moisturizer. Since I’m going make-up free at the moment, it takes a bit more effort to remind myself to wash my face. Terrible, I know. I’ve been getting better and have actually working on having a basic skincare routine!
I feel more clear about my make-up style, and what I want to try
Don’t worry, I’m not gonna suddenly drop a load of money on make up I’m only going to wear once. Still, I’d like to be a bit more experimental. I do love wearing lipstick, but I never wear it. Pinks and reds and nudes. Or using more colors with my cat eye. Adding a swipe of gold. Learning to better accommodate my glasses. Painting my nails more… okay, that last one isn’t really make-up related but these are some of the things I’ve been thinking about since I’ve been make-up free! I’d like to get a new eyeshadow palette, and try out some new lipsticks. I also need to find a great waterproof eyeliner!
My imperfections don’t bother me as much
You know when you’ve got a spot and you feel the urge to cover it up? Or the little things that you know only you’re aware of. One of my eyebrows has a patch where nothing grows. My skin scars really easily so I have scarring from spots that I’m normally very aware of and always covered up. Going make-up free, I’ve not really been worrying too much about them… I see my face in pictures and, while at first the spots and little imperfections would feel hyper-magnified, I don’t think too much about them anymore. Maybe that will change when I decide to start wearing make-up again, but I feel like I’ve definitely embraced myself a little bit more!
It’s funny when unintentional things teach you an unexpected lesson or two. Hopefully, my month of being make-up free has taught me a lasting lesson, and serve as a reminder not to leave things behind when I’m on holiday! Still, it’s been valuable for me, I think!