Going makeup free
Many ladies, regardless of their age, are familiar with the feeling of “nudity” when they go out of the house makeup free. For some women, make-up is no longer a helpmate but more akin to worst enemy because it slowly turns people into slaves of their own face. Some women may feel so insecure about a face without makeup that they do not leave the house without makeup even for a backyard barbecue.
This is exactly how the Australian newsreader Tracey Spicer felt when one day she realized how addicted she is to makeup. Her decision to change shocked many people around – she refused to do her makeup for work. Now imagine a 47-year-old mother of two children, a respected professional on the Australian TV goes makeup free! Her TEDx video “The lady stripped bare” got about 1.5 million views. Why? Because women are interested in how to look pretty without makeup. Today, as we are more and more concerned with what we put in and on our bodies, going natural on our faces should be okay. However, society has shown us using media and celebrities, that we should be fully made up all the time.
5 easy steps for how to look good without makeup
There is a societal message that conveys that you are valued for how you LOOK but not for what is in your heart and your head. It may not be obvious, but this is true. Think of all those advertisements and TV commercials that promote cosmetics. Women can easily be misled to think that looking good is more important than actions or education. But if you want to start a no makeup challenge to change that and be satisfied with a no makeup look, you should start with small steps:
Get psychologically ready
It won’t be easy after many years of makeup practice, probably acquired in adolescence, to give up makeup easily and immediately. You can start by taking notes of the number of minutes your personal grooming eats up daily, weekly and monthly. Your personal record can vary from usual statistic data presented by Tracey Spicer in her video: on average a woman spends about 27 minutes a day to get ready to work. This equals to 3,276 hours over a lifetime in grooming. It takes too much time for a non-market activity, doesn’t it? Think about all the other things you could be doing instead of grooming. Singing, reading books, learning a different language, jogging, playing the guitar – this list could be very long. The main idea is that you stop wearing makeup for the sake of something more interesting that develops you and makes you grow as a person.
Fall in love with the real you
To begin with, look in the mirror when you have no makeup. You may find that you are skeptical at first, seeing all the nuances on your face. But try to see it differently, for example, you may seem pale not because you ARE pale but because of the habit of seeing yourself made up. To make the procedure for wearing no makeup less painful, it is better to do it gradually: first apply a more natural make-up, then reduce the use of various decorative cosmetics. Then try to make use of your natural beauty. For instance, you may have dark eyelashes or beautifully shaped brows. Focus on that and try to adapt your natural look to the one you make with the help of makeup every morning. Pluck your brows to the desired shape, dye them if you need and simply brush them every day instead of using a brow pencil.
Acne, uneven skin texture and skin imperfections, in 90% of cases, encourages women to wear makeup. The idea to stop wearing makeup may seem frightful since you would want to conceal these ‘flaws,’ making them less visible. However, by simply covering those blemishes, the real cause remains untreated. To make the skin beautiful so that you can go out without makeup means you need to take care of your skin condition: use an exfoliating scrub at least 2 times a week, antibacterial agents, moisturizing and toning masks. This may be very like your daily routine before applying makeup.
Everyone knows the expression “You are what you eat.” Here, healthy dieting is beneficial for your wellness and facial skin condition. A balanced intake of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as foods rich in fiber, accelerates the cell-renewal process and metabolic processes in your body, thereby helps to remove harmful substances from the body so that they do not have a negative impact. Our body is composed of 80% water, so you should drink more every day (no less than 10 cups a day) to maintain proper circulation of blood and lymph nodes, which will relieve swelling and circles under the eyes. These simple recommendations will help you take care of your skin and stop wearing makeup in a couple of weeks.
Decide what you can live without
Do you really think you need a foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, eyelashes, eyebrow liner, eyebrow color and more? Often our beauty cases are as heavy as a drop weight, not taking into account how much money all that cost. Moreover, these products are full of chemicals. If you can’t do without makeup for some reason, you can get rid of unnecessary beauty accessories that take a lot of time to use. Think what you really can live without, because we only have one life and it’s a shame to spend a great part of it on grooming. A no makeup challenge is a good thing to try to change your life for better.
If you still hesitate about how to look good without makeup, you should try to follow these easy steps, find inspiration and strong motivation in people like Tracey Spicer, love who you are without makeup and never try to chase society’s unreasonable expectations about beauty standards.