Ever since quitting my job and starting to work from home in April, the number of days I go makeup-free has dramatically increased. Although I still love to get dolled up for special events and Date Night, I’ve been embracing a much more au naturale beauty routine over the past few months – and loving it!
If you would’ve told me a year ago that one day I’d go makeup-free 5-6 days a week, I would’ve laughed right in your face. Me, go out without makeup on? Ha! Not a chance. As someone who struggled with their skin for years and years, makeup served as a comfort blanket for me, and helped me feel more confident in myself and my appearance.
However, nowadays I’ve fallen in love with going bare-faced as much as possible. Before the past few months, you couldn’t have paid me enough money to leave the house without makeup on. Today, it’s not uncommon for me to run errands, pick up coffee, get groceries, or visit family and friends without a stitch of makeup on.
And you know what? It feels good. If you’re someone who dreads the thought of leaving the house without makeup on, I’d highly recommend giving it a try and challenging yourself to go makeup-free more often. There are so many benefits to going au naturale, including:
• A way faster morning routine
• Saving money, because you don’t have to buy new products as often
• Feeling more confident and comfortable in your own skin
• Clearer skin (especially if you have sensitive + irritable skin like I do!)
So how did I go from someone who was scared to take off her makeup in front of a new boyfriend or friend, to someone who happily struts around sans-makeup most of the time?
Truthfully, it wasn’t an overnight thing, and it also wasn’t really a conscious decision I made. However, there are definitely a few things I do that help me feel much more confident going makeup-free. If you’re also trying to cut back on your made-up days, hopefully the tips below will help you out!
1. Take care of your skin.
Of course, I’m never perfect when it comes to my skincare – just like everyone else, there are days where I forget to wear SPF, nights when I’m too tired or lazy to wash my face, and times where I pick and prod at my skin.
However, I definitely notice a huge difference in my skin when I do take the time to care for my skin properly. And when my skin is looking its best, it’s much easier to skip foundation and concealer and rock a bare-faced look.
Because I have sensitive skin, I keep my morning skincare routine as simple and minimal as possible. I splash my face with warm water, apply a lightweight moisturizer, and then liberally apply a facial sunscreen with an SPF of 50 (this one is my current fave!)
2. Take care of your insides, too.
Your skin will only look as good as the things you put into your body. This means:
• Drinking at least 8 large glasses of water per day (I aim for 2-3 litres every single day)
• Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet that’s low in artificial sugar and processed foods, and high in vitamins and healthy fats
Exercising regularly is also a great way to improve the appearance of your skin, and to achieve a gorgeous, healthy glow. Try to get your body moving every single day, and then do some high-intensity exercise 2-3 days a week for at least 30 minutes.
3. Use self-tanner
I don’t know what it is, but when my skin is more tan, I instantly look more lively and put together. This might be due to the fact that my natural skin hue is pretty close to the background color of this website (Hint: stark white). Pale skin can be super beautiful, but unfortunately mine just looks ghostly and lifeless. Not my best look.
For this reason, I’m obsessed with the Loving Tan 2-Hour Express Tanning Mousse in the shade Dark. I’ve tried many tanning mousses in my day, and this one will always be my absolute favorite. Even with my sensitive skin, I’m able to use this self-tanner on my face without any problems. It sometimes causes a bit of irritation on my legs or arms, but every self-tanner I’ve used has done that. So it’s not a deal-breaker for me!
4. Tint your brows and lashes.
This is especially helpful if you’re super blonde like me. When I don’t wear mascara and some kind of brow product, my brows and lashes basically disappear into my face. For that reason, I LOVE getting my lashes and brows tinted on a regular basis. It helps define and enhance everything, but still looks natural and obviously doesn’t add any extra steps to my morning routine.
As an esthetician, I’m able to tint my brows at home every 3-4 weeks. Tinting your own lashes is a bit more tricky, as it requires having both of your eyes shut, so that’s something I still outsource to another professional. Neither of these services is overly expensive, and they make such a huge difference to the way you look without makeup.
5. Ease into it – or don’t!
Quitting makeup cold-turkey might seem impossible to some people, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps. Even if it’s just trying to go makeup-free one day per week, or making an effort to remove your makeup when you get home from work instead of waiting until bedtime. Whatever baby steps work best for you is the perfect place to start.
Or – like me – maybe you want to dive in head first and stop wearing makeup altogether for a while. That’s cool too! Again, it’s whatever you’re comfortable with, because everyone is different. Whichever path you choose to take, just make sure you practice this last next tip daily:
6. Above all else, love yourself.
You are BEAUTIFUL – with and without makeup. Make an effort to practice self-love and self-care daily. When you see yourself in the mirror, tell yourself how beautiful you are. Say, “I love you” to your reflection. At the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is your own.
And guuuurl – you are rockin’ it. With AND without makeup! Don’t be afraid to let your true self shine, and to be wholly and unapologetically who you are. There is only one you in this world, so you need to embrace everything about yourself that is totally and completely “You”!
Photo from Chaitra of Pink Pot.