I Didn't Wear Makeup For a Week...Here's What I Learned
Curious to know what happens to your skin when you don’t wear makeup? We sent one beauty editor on a mission to find out. To learn what going makeup-free for a week is really like, keep reading.
Some women can’t live without their mascara wand, classic YSL red lipstick, and winged eyeliner—but, I’m not one of those women. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with makeup—it’s half the reason why I chose to be a beauty editor—but, I don’t necessarily love wearing it (unless we’re talking about this second skin foundation) day in and day out. That being said, I do wear it day in and day out… which got me thinking, do I love wearing makeup more than I think I do? In hindsight, the answer is yes—but, more on that later. Upon realizing that I don’t have to wear makeup if I don’t want to, I decided to cut makeup out of my life (and my beauty routine) for a week to see what would happen. As a self-proclaimed skin care junkie, I was mostly curious to find out what would happen to my skin when I stopped wearing makeup, but what actually ended up happening had nothing to do with my skin at all. I spill the juicy details, ahead.
What Happens When You Go Makeup-Free
When I first began my experiment, I didn’t think that far into it. I almost always run errands without makeup on, I rock a bare face at the gym, and sometimes, I even show up to work au naturale—so, what’s the big deal with going makeup-free for a week? Well, I’ll tell you the big deal… it’s confidence! Before committing to an entire week sans makeup, I didn’t take into account how much wearing makeup helped to boost my confidence. Whether I was wearing makeup in light of a bad skin day—aka experiencing sudden breakouts—at an event, or for a night out on the town, I wasn’t just wearing makeup to wear makeup, I was wearing it to put my best face forward.
Skipping makeup when you still have the option to wear it is—in many ways—a liberating feeling. But, skipping it because you have banned it from your beauty routine for the sake of an experiment can make you feel a bit trapped and insecure. However, as my #NoMakeupMonday turned into no makeup Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and so on, that initial feeling of insecurity washed away and I began to realize something about makeup that I hadn’t before: Makeup doesn’t just exist to transform our looks, it exists to accentuate our best (read: favorite) features and draw attention to the things we love most about our outer beauty. It exists to build confidence on days when we can’t seem to find it. And even more so, it exists to make us not just look beautiful, but feel beautiful, too. For me, a week without makeup proved just how much I rely on my beauty products to tap into my inner self confidence and that—while a coat of mascara and a shimmering highlight does make me feel radiant—it’s not the only way to exude confidence.
What I Learned After Not Wearing Makeup
At the end of the day, no one called attention to the fact that I wasn’t wearing makeup—though my insecurity at the beginning of the week was sure they would—and no one pointed and laughed at the pimple that appeared smack dab in the center of my chin on day three. What actually happened was, I found my self confidence—and no amount of highlighter can mimic the glow that comes with that discovery (though, a little extra shimmer doesn’t hurt). While I don’t plan on going makeup-free for an entire week any time soon, I do plan on continuing to practice my newfound self confidence, in order to feel as radiant on the inside as I do on the outside.
Editor’s Note: This idea of embracing the skin you’re in and making a decision to wear makeup based on wanting to and not needing to is at the forefront of one of our favorite cosmetic brands’ philosophies. Dermablend—a cosmetic collection in the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—offers high-coverage foundations and concealers that have been formulated to hide everything from vitiligo to burns to acne, but at the end of the day they don’t consider these things to be imperfections that you need to hide. At Skincare.com, we couldn’t agree more. We’re all about learning to love the skin you have and taking care of it so that you can feel and look your best with and without makeup!