SGBC: Topic 2, Week 1: Make-Up- Can We Live Without It?

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The other day I was thinking about a show I saw on TV years back. The show was challenging women to go a week without make-up.

The show was absolutely ground-breaking.

It documented what these women went through each day as they went about their lives- make-up free. One lady even went to bed with her make-up on and admitted that her husband had never seen her without make-up!

Personally, I have always used my make-up as a security blanket. I generally don’t go without it unless I am simply around the house or running to the grocery store. But even still, I tend to always put on my lip gloss when going out.

Some days I resent putting on make-up…I mean, it just adds another 10-15 minutes to my getting ready routine! It really can be a pain in the butt.

And expensive. Sephora, anyone?!

So as I started to think about this more and more, I realized that I have never gotten over my insecurity when I am make-up free. Sometimes I feel ugly, blotchy, or afraid to hold my head up high without make-up on my face.

This is really sad for me to think about.

I have always been self-conscious about the red undertones in my skin (much of my family has these rosy red undertones!) and I have always tried to cover it up and create a more even skin tone with foundation. I also have always been self-conscious about my beauty mark on my cheek. Many times growing up many people told me I had ‘a little something’ on my face and tried to rub it off, thinking it was dirt.

And you know what?

I’m sick of feeling this way.

I am sick of relying on make-up to make me feel beautiful! Now don’t get me wrong, I think make-up can be a wonderful tool to give us some kick to our step just like clothing can do, but I think we also need to ask ourselves if we RELY on make-up to make us feel whole.

I know I sure do.

And I think that needs to change.

So today I decided to come clean to myself and the world. I took this picture with Eric’s HIGH RES camera, so there is no hiding. ;)

ME: Make-up FREE!

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I admit, I was nervous taking this picture. But I am even more nervous about the thought of challenging myself to go make-up free. I am honestly not sure if I can do it. A few years ago, I challenged myself to go 1 week without lip gloss (I am addicted). It was incredibly hard (Eric LOVED it- he hates that ‘stuff’!). It was so so hard for me.

Today’s SGBC Reflection Challenge is to think about this post and ask yourself whether you rely too much on make-up to feel ‘whole’.

ABC News wrote some tips for going make-up free:

  • Concentrate on your skin care. The best way to go without makeup is if you’ve been taking great care of your skin, so you can show it off. If you’re feeling confident about your skin you’re going to feel good about going without makeup as well. (Time to keep up with the green monsters!!!!)
  • Get a great cleanser, a very gentle exfoliant and a moisturizer with SPF. Most of the anti-aging creams out there are too rich for a woman under the age 35. If you still feel like you need anti-aging products, incorporate it; but, just like with makeup, less is more.
  • Keep your hair and nails looking good so you don’t look unkempt, even though you’re not wearing makeup. Consider getting a manicure or get a blowout that you can wear for most of the week. (While I can see their point with this tip, I think it contradicts their message! You shouldn’t feel that you have to ‘improve’ other areas of your appearance to justify feeling good sans make-up!)
  • Have your lip balm handy. If your lips look healthy and moisturized, you won’t look scraggly. (Well, gee thanks!) 
  • If you must have something on your face, try a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Clinique and Benefit make great ones. They offer moisture, a small amount of coverage and sunscreen — makeup or no makeup, you should wear sunscreen everyday.

Let’s think about some benefits of going make-up free:

  • You will save money
  • Extra time in your day to do what YOU want to do! Spend that extra 10-30 minutes relaxing, reading, or watching some TV!
  • It will challenge you to find out how secure you can truly become in your own skin
  • You will start to appreciate your natural beauty

 

We need to really embrace our whole selves- even if that means learning to love our skin make-up free….blotchy…freckled…broken out…wrinkly…and ALL!

I don’t know about you, but I feel STRONGER and more confident just writing these words.

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Today’s questions:

Do you ever go make-up free?

Do you rely on make-up too much?

Do you think you could go 1 week make-up free? Why or why not?

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Vonzell August 24, 2010

Thanks for this post. I am a teenager, and I’ve always been make-up free (minus Homecoming and Prom). I think a big part of it is the fact that my Mom doesn’t wear daily makeup, only on special occasions. I am growing up in a very positive environment with people who let me know that I’m beautiful. :-) You are very beautiful Angela.

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Morgan July 4, 2009

you look great makeup free! i do occasionally go makeup free for errands and things like that, but I like to have a little mascara on at the very least. I am not one of those who can’t leave the house without my “face” on. Also, I too could not live without lip gloss, specifically Rosebud’s lip salve. I also go through a ton of bag balm to keep my lips hydrated. When I get stressed, I tend to reach for my lip balm!

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jessinnyc July 4, 2009

I don’t wear a lot of make-up. However, recently I always wear mascara. On days that I don’t people ask me if I’m not feeling well. After hearing that a few too many times, I have become insecure about going sans mascara. I go through phases with how I feel about not wearing any at all. I don’t wear it for working out or for training clients early in the morning. I believe that its important to remain comfortable enough with our looks that we can be seen in public without make-up.

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hstryk July 4, 2009

In high school I couldn’t leave the house without my trademark eyeliner and eyeshadow. I’ve never been one for foundation because it makes me break out and no color really matches my pale skin. In college going natural came more out of laziness, 5 minutes more sleep was way more important to me than the 5 minutes it took to do my makeup. A lot of my guy friends have told me I’m “pretty enough to go without makeup” and that sometimes it’s more attractive that a girl can just let how she looks naturally show instead of hiding it with lots of makeup. I only wear makeup now for social outings and the rare day I just feel like looking a bit glam.

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Kate July 4, 2009

I started going makeup free a couple weeks ago. It was mostly out of lazyiness and being really busy at work. I love it! Sometimes I will just wear some mascara and gloss. Neutogena’s mascara is nice and light. It is really nice to not even wear the mascara because you can rub your face without smearing. I admit it was a little hard. I don’t wear much anyway. I feel if I don’t wear it all the time, when I do I will look ten times better because people will be used to seeing me without!

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Victoria July 4, 2009

Wow so many non make up wearers! I must admit, I am an addict and rely on it far too much. I have become quite good at applying it, but what started as ‘just for night’ little ‘flicks’ on my eyes has turned in to a day time tradition too.

I suffer from some acne, but like many of you have said, all the make up I cake on is probably one of the causes.

I used to work in a huge Bank and many of the women were glamorous and groomed so I got into the habit of the ample day make up then. However since February I’ve worked from home and see nobody for most of the day so that has really helped my skin (as I go completely make up free!)

The other day my ex boyfriend came around (during the work day) and I didn’t bother to put on any make up. That was a real break through for me! He didn’t say anything and I didn’t feel self concious at all. And he keeps texting me so I must have looked good right!!

Whilst I know I don’t need to wear make up all the time, you never know who you’re going to meet, so I like to look my best most of the time!

Vic xoxo

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Susan July 4, 2009

Pfft, you look a-mazing without makeup!!! You definitely pull it off well! :)

I used to rely on make-up A LOT. But I find myself wearing less and less as I get older. Mostly because my skin is better, so I don’t have to slather on concealer to hide any acne. I could totally go makeup free anywhere but at work. I’m often on TV for work, and not wearing makeup on TV is not an option!! :P

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Rebeca July 4, 2009

I go makeup free most days of the year… My dad always said that natural beauty was better and encouraged my mother not to wear it even when they went out (and she is beautiful)… Thankfully, I just get over the ‘flaws’ and try to find something that I like, plaster on a smile, and go about my day!

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Sarah July 3, 2009

I very rarely wear makeup at all. I use a scrub and some moisturizer, but other than that, really the only thing I use often is lip gloss, and that’s not necessarily tinted. Every once in a while, when I want to feel a little more special, I’ll do my eyes, but that is VERY rare… like, maybe twice so far this year, not counting times when we were doing pictures or something. When I really wear makeup, it just makes me feel funny. I always feel like I look fake or worry that I’ve put it on incorrectly or too heavily or it’s smudged or something. But I’m really blessed in that I have really good, even skin, so I’ve never really had much desire to cover it with anything.

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Kristin July 3, 2009

If I tell my therapist that I went to Sephora she knows I had a particularly hard day and have been really been feeling down about myself. Sephora is like a binge to me…

nough said.

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Marissa July 3, 2009

I like to think of makeup as something that enhances a woman’s natural beauty. I do think it is important that we feel comfortable without makeup. However, I do not plan on going many days without it! I love makeup and playing around with it. I think if it is used sparingly and well, it is a great thing.

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Andrea July 3, 2009

I do go makeup free often… I feel that it weighs me down. besides my husband likes me better with no makeup :)

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Jenn July 3, 2009

I decided that in conjunction with boot camp this month, I’d also do a month of Project Glow, and as a part of that, NO MAKE UP for a month! I’m trying to address some real problem issues, and though I rarely wear make up, I was concerned that the little bit I do wear is contributing them. I’ll let you know how the month goes. :)

And I think you look beautiful in that pic.

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Chloe July 3, 2009

I hardly ever wear foundation or coverup because I have freckles that hide redness or pimples (lucky me!). However, I do feel naked without mascara, my eyelashes are pretty light and it makes me feel self conscious when I don’t darken them. It would be a great challenge to go makeup free, there are days when I do this to let my skin breathe a bit and it feels great. I usually forget that I’m not wearing makeup because I use so little of it.
Great post!

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