My Make Up Free Month

When I was in my teens, I would have never ever dared to put an image like the one below on the internet. I hated so many aspects of my face, from my silly bum-chin and my chubby nose to the creases that appear under my eyes every time I smile. I used to spend ages agonising over any new Facebook profile picture, and I un-tagged every candid photo that captured me at an unflattering angle. Nowadays, I embrace my face to a much higher degree. I had a moment of realisation:

This is what my face looks like. 
Aside from embarking upon cosmetic surgery, there's nothing I can do to change it.
And that's ok! 

Embracing my Face

I decided to stop worrying about something that I couldn't change. I decided that my face is good enough exactly the way it is. I decided to obsess less and just accept myself. The next step in embracing my face was naturally to give up makeup. If you've been reading my blog for a little while now, you'll know that over the Easter holidays, I went meat free for a month, and that I enjoyed it a great deal! So, when I went up to visit my BFF in Leicester and accidentally left all of my makeup at his house, I decided that I might try another month-long challenge: going completely makeup free!

No makeup VS. fully made up - can you tell the difference?

Why do I normally wear makeup?

As you can tell from the above comparison photos, my makeup isn't usually very dramatic or noticable. Most people (including anyone who gets up close to my face with any regularity *nudge nudge wink wink*) can often not tell whether I'm wearing any or not. I usually just wear a touch of concealer under my eyes in an attempt to disguise the fact that my eye bags are as black as my soul, a little liquid eyeliner, and some blush. Maybe I'll add in some lipstick if I'm feeling particularly fancy, but considering I only own two shades, that's a fairly rare occurrence.

I don't use foundation because I don't like how it feels on my skin.
I don't wear winged liner because I can't get that shit to look even. 
I don't do ANYTHING to my eyebrows because I'm lazy. 
You get the picture. 

However, putting just a little concealer under my eyes and a little blush on my cheeks gives me a bit of confidence. While I know that nobody around me notices whether I'm made up or not, it makes ME feel good to know that I have something on my face.

How did I feel without it?

I'm going to be totally honest with you and say that initially, I felt self-consicious without makeup. In normal everyday life, I felt ok, just a little more aware of the fact that my eye bags were prominent, but when it came to attending events such as smart dinners, I was pretty nervous. When entering a room of girls dressed up to the nines with immaculately applied makeup, I felt like a bit of an ugly duckling who stuck out like a sore thumb. However, once I got over these intial tremors and started to enjoy my evening, I didn't give it a second thought! Seeing photos from the events afterwards also boosted my confidence - I didn't look any different to normal and I certainly didn't stand out! As the month progressed, I attended blogger events and had my photos taken without makeup, and even took a series of photos for an OOTD post with nothing on my face! I didn't miss makeup in the slightest!

How did it impact upon my skin?

Cutting out makeup entirely didn't impact upon my skin as greatly as it may have done for someone who wears full coverage makeup on the regular. However, I certainly noticed that my skin felt softer and fresher and that if I had any spots or blemishes, they disappeared way faster than they usually would if I applied makeup over the top. I began to really appreciate my skin's natural glow!

Excuse the mess of my room - I'm not a professional.

 Would I recommend this challenge?

Embracing what you look like is an important part of self-acceptance and self-love. For me, embracing my face meant going completely natural and makeup free, but if that's not for you, there are many other ways to promote those same feelings of self worth. Everyone's individual journey of self-love is different, there are no right or wrong ways to do it!

However, if you are thinking about cutting down your makeup routine, this challenge might be for you! You don't have to go completely cold turkey like I did, perhaps you could just try cutting out one or two different types of product for a little while and see if your confidence grows without them. I was surprised at how little I missed putting makeup on! Although applying makeup usually takes me less than 10 minutes on the average morning anyway, every extra second that I can gain to spend in bed is a good thing in my book! I do have the contents of my makeup bag back now (thanks, Ryan!) and a whole host of new products to try thanks to a wonderful gift from my lovely pal Sarah, but I will certainly be having many more makeup-free days in the future to celebrate the skin I'm in!

How often do you wear makeup? Do you think you'd be able to give it up easily? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time,

A x