Last week one evening, I was winding down from my day and catching up on some blog reading when I came across an article written by Augusta Statz about her experiment on not wearing makeup for a week. I’ve read about the idea through other bloggers claiming it “changed their lives” etc. etc. Of course the skeptic in me was thinking “OH-KAY” how much different can life get, it’s just makeup after all. So I decided to take the plunge of seven days makeup free and post my own experience about it.
Before I dig deeper, a little background on my makeup routine and skin might be helpful to understand. My skin is naturally oily, blemish prone with some slight discoloration. It’s not perfect but it’s not bad. I feel comfortable enough heading out on the weekend to run errands or go workout without putting on makeup, not worrying what others think. My makeup routine (or lack thereof) is pretty simple. I stick to the same three or four products to keep a minimal, natural look. I was never very good at putting it on so it never evolved into anything more.
I woke up feeling good and left the apartment with a positive attitude of not having anything on my face other than my Burt’s Bees chap stick. I felt a little bare and more aware of how my skin felt against the outside wind and rain.
Work was a different story, I was sure people would notice I looked a little different. Are they staring at me more than usual? Paranoia was kicking in and I was soon beginning to regret the decision. I was constantly in the bathroom checking to see how my face looked. Patchy, dull and oily. I looked tired and I was beginning to think people could see.
Even though my positive attitude dispersed by the end of day 1, I kept going. I wanted to give it a few more days to see if anything changes. I was happy to learn about the perks of not putting on or taking off makeup daily but to put it simply, I had more time. More time to sleep-in in the mornings and more time to start my evening workout instead of taking off my day’s makeup. That felt like a big bonus considering how busy life can be.
I still felt a little self-conscious at work but it changed a little once I told a girl at work I was ditching makeup for a week. She claimed to not notice and complimented with me being a natural beauty without it. Positive vibes and good feelings all over!
It was Saturday and Sean and I were planning to go out for dinner that night. Usually I put a little more effort into my makeup if we head out for the evening. I immediately began to rethink this whole idea of no makeup. Sean was more than encouraging of telling me to keep going and that I didn’t need makeup. He has been more than supportive on this little trial of mine, I probably drove him a little crazy of not making up my mind on whether to go out or not for date night. I was content with hiding in the apartment with pizza. But of course, he was right, I should keep going and just forget about not wearing it. I'm five days strong and I am doing it for the blog, as well as shedding some light on what really happens when you don't wear makeup for seven days.
I woke up to my usual morning routine and looked at myself one last time in the mirror before heading to work. I felt good, confident and so pleased with how my face and skin was looking. A little glow was starting to show. I wasn’t sure if it was just my opinion changing or if it was actually real but I felt different walking out of the apartment that morning.
I didn’t even think once about the fact I had nothing on my face at work. I was less distracted and could focus on getting my work done. It was so refreshing to not even think twice about what others were thinking, which is hard to do in today’s society. It’s usually all about how we look, what we wear etc. and I can honestly say my confidence had changed.
I am now over two weeks free of not wearing any makeup at all and I am loving it. My mornings are easier and my mood is happier. I don’t miss it and I don’t plan to go back to it. I encourage other women to try it out and see how it makes you feel. It may seem a little scary and intimidating but you may also surprise yourself. I felt a little liberated, daring and brave heading out everyday, baring my face to the world. It has made me realize how much we stress the little things. Makeup is just makeup and I am all for those people who love putting it and enjoy playing with it, but I also want women to feel confident in their own skin. It can feel real good going against the usual and I dare you to.