Monday, August 20, 2012

Uncovered: a week without makeup

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I have been wearing foundation religiously for years. Literally, until last week, I felt awkward even running an errand without it caked on my face. OK, caked might be a slight exaggeration, there was no spatula involved in my makeup application, but there was definitely a well-used sponge.

I don't know what started me out on the belief that my skin had to be concealed. But whatever it was, it got me good. It had me believing that I couldn't be happy without an even coat of paint. And it even had me feeling awkward if my friends saw me in the morning pre-makeup. (Seeing that sentence typed out in front of my face actually makes me feel kind of ashamed. It's so silly that I - a woman who promotes self-love and body acceptance - can't even show my true skin to the people closest to me. Or, at least I couldn't before last week.)

Remember the other day when I posted about the pow-wow in Jasper, and how I got called out of bed to cover it? Well, I had so little time to get myself together, that I just threw on a hat and my glasses and ran out the door without a second thought. That's right, I spent four hours in public without even a pinch of makeup. And after that day, I went home feeling strangely empowered. So, I told Ian, "I think I want to ditch cover-up." To which he responded, "Why not? You look fine without it."

Of course, like any girl would say, I responded with, "Fine!?" But in all honesty, by that point I didn't need Ian to gush over my beauty to give me the confidence I needed to take on the challenge.

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Here I am, bearing it all for you. No hair in my face, and no makeup covering up my rosy skin. Nicole o'natural!
Yesterday marked an entire week without coverup. I still wear mascara and chapstick every day, but everything else in my makeup bag has been left untouched. And, I gotta tell you, it feels pretty great. I save time in the morning when I'm getting ready and I save time in the evening when I'm washing my face.

Plus, I've come to realize the skin I'm sporting is actually pretty awesome. I mean, sure it's rosier than I would like, but I don't have issues with acne or enormous pores, I just have some cute little freckles.

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So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, life uncovered isn't so bad. I actually feel more confident in my own skin than I have in years.

Do you wear makeup every day? Have you ever tried spending a day or a week uncovered?

P.S. Although my post is titled "a week without makeup" that doesn't mean I'm right back to wearing it. I've actually decided to ride this no-foundation train until the emergence of my next big zit. Fingers crossed that day never comes!

25 comments:

  1. I never wear makeup- except when going out and then if I put on too much I feel a little like a clown! Hubby says I look better without it (bless him!)- sure he will change his tune when I get old and wrinkley and need the makeup just to get out of the house!

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  2. Nice! Not wearing makeup does feel good! I wear mascara and chapstick daily, but as far as foundation goes I have never worn liquid foundation and when I'm out and about I wear powder foundation, sometimes I don't even put it on. I like being natural. I only wear eyeshadow when it is for a big event like a wedding or something, but that is it. I like to keep it simple :)

    You have such a great complexion Nicole, you should definitely stick with no makeup. :)

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  3. I cover up because I do have acne and some serious hyper-pigmentation. :( I do go days where I won't wear make-up when I'm just hanging around the house to give my skin a "breather". Your skin is gorgeous. I'm jealous.

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  4. I go probably half and half with and without cover up... I like to savour every last possible second in bed in the morning, so some days I resort to my 'quick' makeup routine, which is just some nude powder on my face to suck up the oil, a tiny bit of eyeliner in the corners only, and mascara.

    I'm okay with my natural skin (red cheeks) I also don't wax/shape my eyebrows...which is something a lot of people are like 'what!' about!

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    1. Oh man. My eyebrows deserve a post all of their own. I've been tweezing them since I was 14 years old because a girl in my class told me, "You know Nicole, you'd be a lot prettier if you plucked your eyebrows." Brutal, right? So here I am 12 years later still maintaining them. Some days I wish I had left them alone, some days I'm glad I didn't. It's a cycle. (The days I'm happy I didn't are the days I get compliments on them!! My eyebrows are actually one of my most complimented features. Isn't that weird?)

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  5. I would love to not wear make-up, so I am looking into moisturiser which has a little bit of tint in it, cause I have patches of pigmentation. You look super pretty without make-up, if I was you, I wouldn't bother wearing it anymore. Think how much you could be saving! :)

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  6. You look gorgeous without make up! I have to admit, I wear it every day but I'd be quite happy popping to the local shop without it.

    Becky
    xx

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  7. I love this! You have inspired me to try it today! (I can't ditch the eye makeup yet, though)
    http://aslouisepleases.blogspot.com/

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  8. If you never told me you weren't wearing makeup in these pictures, I would have never guessed!

    I wear foundation because my skin tone is uneven, but there have been days I go without it.. especially when I work out in the AM and not after work.

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  9. You look great in those photos, no need to cover up your skin!

    I wear mascara and blush and that is about it. I just bought a tinted moisturizer to even my skin tone a bit but not to cover it up. I never like having much on my face, I never feel like me.

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  10. PSH! I look terrible without makeup... but I do it anyways. If I looked like you without makeup, I'd never wear it! haha!

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  11. Funny enough yesterday I went to work and forgot to put makeup on.
    Truly. It was the weirdest thing, as I realized halfway through my subway ride that I only had moisturizer on my face.
    I looked really tired. I have inherited some pretty bad raccoon eyes, and missed my concealer. Other than that I'd be ok without.

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  12. I'm guilty of not being able to leave the house without makeup. Matt tells me I look better without it, but I look in the mirror and see pale and red and zits! I hope I can eventually get to a point where I don't mind it as much!

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  13. I switched to a "concealer and bronzer only" routine many months ago. And so far so good! Now that I am quite brown myself, thanks to the summer sun, I find that I need it less and less. And before that, I had some pretty minimal-looking "foundation" in my makeup bag. I find that for most people, a SMILE is all you need to look your best! And you have a pretty sweet smile!!

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  14. I haven't worn makeup all summer long! I love being able to get ready and ten minutes and rub my eyes alllll I want without having to fear a smudge. Also, these comments are making me really sad at how many women think they can't leave the house without makeup. I have some bad acne and pigmentation on my skin, but do you honestly think about somebody's skin when you're having a conversation with them? I sure don't! As soon as I realized this I stopped caring--I'd rather people like me and respect me for my personality not for how my face or body looks. And if they do care about how my face looks, I probably shouldn't be talking to them anyways!

    http://trailgrrrl.blogspot.com

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  15. Also, that's a cute shirt.

    ALSO, might be visiting your neck of the woods in October! Yay! Potential Pen Pal meet up! Yay alliteration!

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  16. Embrace it! I quit wearing foundation more than a year ago, and most days I am so thankful for the extra time in my morning that I don't have to spend in front of the mirror. For special occasions, I may wear mineral powder. Like you, I sort of feel my natural skin is too rosy. But really? There is freedom in know that there's no "too" about it, because I know I am "just right"!

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  17. wow, you've got great skin! lucky girl. i don't have blemishes but i have the darkest permanent circles under my eyes--they've been there all my life. actually when i was little, people used to ask my mom if i was getting enough sleep, it was that bad. so even on days i don't use foundation, i always use concealer on my circles. i wish i was confident enough to just embrace them but they make my complexion seem dull. ah, well!

    you, on the other hand, have got it made. embrace it, you're beautiful!

    xo,
    kristyn

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  18. It's funny, because I feel like just recently I DISCOVERED makeup! I finally found a way to wear eyeliner that I love! Although I'm with you on the cover up issue. I wish I felt confident enough to go without, but I still have acne issues so I don't feel comfortable not using it most of the time. I think whatever makes a lady feel pretty is what she should do. Way to go! :)

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  19. I usually throw on some brown mascara to make my pale red eyelashes pop a bit but I'm finding the older I get the less I care how made up I am. In fact, five years ago I dreaded the idea of wearing yoga pants to the grocery store and now it's lucky if I even feel up to wearing a bra. Oy. I am totally going to be one of "those" old ladies...

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  20. I love this post, and way to go! I had a really big struggle with the makeup-no-makeup dilemma when I started blogging. I'm someone who spend a while getting comfortable with no makeup a long time ago, and so I've been in a no-makeup-at-all habit for a bit. It felt strange, though, with posting photos on the web and I went back to using makeup fairly consistently. Now, though, it's just a once-a-week kind of thing. Striking the balance, though, is definitely tough!

    (PS Also your face looks just the same as it did in previous foundation posts--beautiful!)

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  21. I love that you did this! I have always felt the same way about my foundation, but since building this house I never put it on anymore even when I run into town, and it feels all kinds of wonderful!

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  22. love this! I am all for clean faces. I hate foundation - HATE it. seriously, everyone looks better without it! I only wear a little liner, mascara and sometimes blush

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  23. i have never worn makeup - not even for my wedding. sooooo many people try to get me to wear it - "oh..you will look so pretty" (i get the same comment about if i didn't wear my glasses - "your eyes are gorgeous, why dont you wear contacts instead?" i feel like its a lot of people trying to get me to be someone i'm not. and why would not wearing glasses or wearing makeup make me pretty?

    i don't have great skin- i get breakouts and don't have super teeny pores..my cheeks get red all the time..but thats just who i am. i've never had a problem with just having a naked face. granted i would love to have perfect skin..but that wasn't in the cards for me..but putting makeup on.. (please no offense to anyone reading this) i see girls that cake on all these layers of makeup and i just think its gross..i want to wash their faces! i mean many girls wear makeup and you wouldn't even know it, its very natural looking..but those girls..the ones that their faces are different colors than their necks.. they just need to wash that stuff off!!

    so i say yay!! keep a naked fresh face!!

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  24. You really do have awesome skin! My foundation is pretty light (more like tinted moisturiser than foundation) but it has still only been this year that I have stopped wearing it ALL THE TIME! My skin is pretty ok too. I mean, I get the odd spot now and again, but all in all I'm pretty lucky. So now I rock my naked face quite a lot and save the make up for nights out. And it saves money, so it's a winner all around :)

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