WHY MAKEUP FREE IS THE WAY TO BE

Me and no make-up!


It's becoming a cliche topic these days to write about how young people shouldn't conform to society and make themselves something they're not. An issue that often crops up when encountering this topic is beauty. Many journalists, writers and bloggers choose to talk about how the media makes teenagers feel vulnerable to the Western World's current perception of how they should look and whether they are pretty enough. I agree on these topics and I do not think any one needs inch-long lashes or perfect skin to look beautiful. I'm not normally one to talk about the topics that everyone else is already on to, and instead like to provide my own original content for you to read. However, last week I tried an experiment and thought I'd explain what effect wearing make-up has on me.

My skin has being feeling like it needed a bit of TLC recently so when I over heard someone talking about having a make-up cleanse to help their skin, I thought I'd have a go myself. Instead of just going make-up free for a few days, I gave myself the challenge of a whole week.


I don't usually wear a ton of make-up. I'm quite fair, so my eyebrows and lashes are barely visible when I don't fill them in, and will normally just wear a bit of mascara and eyebrow pencil on most days. For these reasons the challenge seemed a bit daunting but I didn't want to let that stop me. Throughout the week I came across some drawbacks but they taught me a lesson or two!
I felt great on Monday, the first day of letting my skin breathe, until I remembered that I would be going to dance class later on. I always feel a lot better doing exercise bare-faced so my only problem is; the dreaded ponytail.




Many years of experience are yet to make me a master of the ponytail, I have come to the conclusion that I simply do not suit it. Some days wearing my hair up can compliment my face, but not the days when I have five minutes to get ready before leaving for dance. Normally I would apply a bit of make-up so people can be distracted from the ponytail - and the disappearing eyebrows for that matter...
Once I arrived I wasn't even thinking about my cosmetic detox and just concentrated on the steps, so there wasn't any reason for me to be worried. By Thursday I wasn't really bothering anymore; I didn't feel 100% so I omitted my contact lenses for the day. This meant I was wearing my glasses, without make-up, something I feel a bit self-conscious about in public. On Thursdays I go to band and by the time I got to that evening's rehearsal I wasn't really caring and I can only imagine I looked a right mess!
Friday was next (my favourite day of the week) and eyebrow-less me bravely went to another dance lesson bare-faced. To be honest, I felt fine about it and although the awful ponytail had to be brought out once more, I was embracing my natural beauty. Once again I kind of forgot about the challenge, although I kept looking in the mirrors and getting a bit of a shock, thinking my eyebrows had gone walkabout. Saturday was alright because I stayed inside all day trying to feel better. I managed to make it to youth group on Sunday and I was hardly thinking about wearing make-up because I was feeling quite rough. By now make-up free me was becoming the norm and I managed to not wear make-up until Friday of the next week.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this little challenge, in a strange way it boosted my self-confidence. Recently I've not being worrying as much about my appearance and this challenge helped that even more. I definitely had more time to spend doing other things because I wasn't taking an age to get ready and I just enjoyed myself, not worrying about what people were thinking. By the end of the week I didn't feel any urge to wear make-up; I thought I'd be feeling withdrawal symptoms.  I would really recommend trying this for yourself to see your own reaction.
Although I enjoyed doing this and it ended up having a deeper meaning, I didn't actually see any improvement in my skin, which was the original plan. So, what's up with that?


Let me know in the comments whether you would try this challenge.



Thanks for Reading.

Abby x

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14 comments

  1. Ahh this is a challenge I've been wanting to try for a while now too, and I prob will try it soon now after having read this. I don't normally wear much makeup in the week, when I'm at school, but in holidays and on the weekend, I love to experiment and often end up with a full-face done ahahah.

    I had a friend who did this challenge, and she agreed that she didn't see much skin improvement over the week but she said she thought that maybe you'd need to do a bit longer - like 3-4 weeks to see a real change, although I'm not sure I'd want to do it for that long.

    Lexie x
    www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, I can see that a longer period of time would help your skin more. I hope you do try this challenge and I'd love to know what you thought of it if you do!

      Abby x

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  2. You look gorgeous with and without makeup and it was such a great idea to write this post! No one should feel pressured to wear it and it’s totally okay not to! Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Eden! I completely agree!

      Abby x

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  3. Agreed...I don't necessarily have anything against make-up, I do believe though that we should be able to live without it and LOVE ourselves without it.♥♥♥

    I personally hardly ever wear make-up so I'm used to the natural look, however I understand the struggle some people may have with that lol...
    great post, Abby! It was a wonderful read :)

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    1. Yesss, Rach! I am so with you on that! You look beautiful all the time.

      Abby x

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  4. You look fab without makeup! I'm all spotty but I try to go makeup free as much as possible. Some days I do have to look somewhat presentable and not like a zombie though!

    Sophie xx // One Unique

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    1. Thanks,Sophie. You're gorgeous!

      Abby x

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  5. You look so great with or without! I've always been so self concious about not wearing makeup but I'm kind of embarcing it now. Normally I go for at least one day a week with none on (weirdly it's usually a Thursday) so it's becoming a bit less daunting! xox

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    1. Thank you! That's a really great habit to get into.

      Abby x

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  6. I totally agree. I love to let my skin breathe and unless I am going out to an event or to meet someone, I rarely wear makeup. I want to focus on my skin being so good that I don't have to wear it.

    Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this!
    Rachel | creativityandcrazy.blogspot.com

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  7. You’re pretty with or without makeup Abby! I don’t normally wear makeup to school but over holidays I’m always wearing makeup, so I must try and do this some week I’m off! Great post x

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