This might be a bit of an odd post. It doesn’t feature any products or techniques, and in fact discusses a bit of a polarizing topic: going barefaced.
Remember on Facebook a few months ago when the whole No Makeup Selfie thing was circulating? Donation controversy aside, it was then that I realized how many of my friends really do wear makeup on a daily basis. Some of these friends would wear foundation and concealer so brilliantly sneakily that I didn’t notice they even had it on.
What was worrying were the people who got tagged and were then upset because they felt obligated to show their naked faces to the world. More worrying was the number of nominated people who didn’t.
A few years ago, I probably wouldn’t have shown my face without makeup. I wore it to school every day, to social events, even family gatherings. I felt more like me with it on than I did without it.
But in the past year or so, I noticed a change. I look forward to taking my makeup off; I see my skin without makeup and I’m proud of how it looks. I relish my makeup-free days – at least two per week; often more. I don’t hesitate to walk down the street or go to the grocery store with nothing on my face but moisturizer and sunscreen.
I think going bare-faced into the world is important. I think it’s critical not only to skin health – letting it breathe and all that – but also to mental health. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and knowing who you are.
Makeup is fun for everyday and special occasions. It’s an amazing way to enhance your natural features and, to loosely quote Bronwyn of beyondbeautyblogger, it’s a fun and easy way to show yourself some love and kindness. But when makeup becomes a mask to hide your real face from the world, things might have gone too far: what can be a healthy self-care mechanism can mutate into a factor contributing to your own insecurity.
So if you can’t remember the last time you didn’t wear makeup, consider trying it out. Unsure of how to go about it? I’ve got a few tips: