Everyday for the past 11 years, I have worn makeup. Crazy. Along with those fabulous teen years and bad eating habits, I had acne. I was extremely insecure about my skin, therefore I would pack on the problem solving make up and go about my day. For years (9 years to be exact) I tried any and every cleanser, moisturizer, drugstore & high end treatment, I could get my hands on and NOTHING ever seemed to work. It wasn't until about 2 years ago when I really changed my eating habits, skincare routine and actually started drinking water, that I saw an IMMENSE difference in my skin (HALLELUJAH)!
Fast forward to today and guess what?! Today marks day 7 of my week with no makeup. And when I say "no makeup" I mean just that, ZERO makeup. Not even a tinted lip balm, y'all. I've been wanting to ditch make up for a while so I finally took the plunge! I do not usually wear a ton of makeup. However, I do wear it everyday, so this was a stretch for me!
The main reason I decided to go an entire week sans makeup was because I didn't want to feel like I have to wear makeup to feel good about myself. Alright ladies, let's be honest here, it's a scary thought going out into the world with NO makeup on. What will people think? What if I see someone I know? If I don't have my eyeliner and mascara on, they'll think I look tired and ask if I'm sick or something. I thought all of those things and honestly was pretty nervous about going bare-faced. It made me kind of sad that I felt this way, because I realized that I was tying my beauty and self-worth to some crap (excuse my french) I buy at the store. How ridiculous is this? I mean, I was born with my face. God created me in HIS image and here I am, every morning, essentially saying "Hey God, thanks for the face, but I'm going to make it better by adding all this other stuff too.." (I borrowed that line from my friend Hannah!). I am by no means saying makeup is evil and that we should all give up makeup forever. Because I will be wearing makeup again, no doubt. But this was a major wakeup call for me.
Over the past several months the Lord has been dealing with me about my identity in Him. I can sit here and tell you that I'm a daughter of the Most High, that I am beautiful and loved by God and none of it has to do with my works, that He loves me just because. But did I really believe that? Eh - not so much. So, I've been really focusing on who God says I am. And you know what, none of who I am in Christ is based on how my outward appearance looks, whether I'm 5'1 or 6'3, whether I weigh 100 lbs, or 250 lbs, whether I have long brown hair or short blonde hair - He loves me just the same, you know why - BECAUSE HE CREATED ME! Disclaimer: I do believe that we should do our due diligence and take care of ourselves and value our bodies as a temple, by eating right and being the best us that we can, so I am not saying just be you and never change. I'm simply saying we're really hard on ourselves. Give yourself a break now and then and just take a breather. Step away from the idea of being this "perfect" thing and just be who God made you to be!
Fun Fact: I only had 2 people, out of the entire world, make a remark regarding my "no-makeup". I would say that's pretty spectacular! And - neither of the comments were negative, in case you were wondering! Double bonus.
Here are some other awesome reasons to consider going without makeup:
You can let your skin breath. Y'all - I LOVE LOVE LOVE Skincare. I could talk about it for hours, no lie. I loved the idea of no makeup because that meant my skin would be able to breath and just be. I personally follow a strict, all natural skincare routine - so this was just the icing on the cake for me!
Cuts down morning routine time. With makeup & hair, I was probably spending about 30 minutes getting ready each morning. This week, I have literally gotten ready in 10 minutes - it's amazing! Now, I have 20 extra minutes to read, drink coffee, sleep in, whatever!
Random reasons to lay off makeup:
- You can rub your eyes. Seriously, amazing!
- Don't have to worry about touching it up, throughout the day.
- Saves you money!
All in all - It's been a good experience. Am I perfect and cured of my insecurities? HECK NO! But, I have a new found confidence that it's ok to walk around in just my face (ha). We all have days when we feel less pretty than others and that's ok, just don't stay there forever. I encourage you to consider going makeup free, even if it's just for a day! If that totally freaks you out, maybe try wearing less and less makeup until you feel like you could go an entire day. And maybe try doing it on a Saturday, or a day where you're running errands and don't "need to look cute" anyway! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! And if you're a guy, and you've made it this far - first off, bless you for reading this. And second - what are your thoughts on makeup?
To encourage you to get out there bare faced, I'm going to post some pictures of me, with no makeup, on the internet, and I didn't even put filters on them...so there's that. Ok, bye!
See y'all next week!