The Biggest Lesson I Learned From Going Makeup-Free for a Week
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.
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 everyday, 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 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.
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 it due to a bad skin day, going to 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 also exists to accentuate our best (read: favorite) features. It helps to build confidence on days when we can’t seem to find it. And even more so, it doesn’t only make us 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 again 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.