A few years ago I wrote an article entitled Bare Faced & Insecure–My Evening Without Makeup where I shared how I mentally struggled with a night when I was out with my husband, and I had not dolled myself up makeup wise as I usually would. It wasn’t until we took a picture together while having a blast and seeing it that I realized that I was literally tripping out. All of my insecure emotional nonsense was in my head, and had absolutely nothing to do with what was or was not on my face!
Pure joy and happiness is more beautiful than any makeup at all!
Since then, I did a One Week Makeup-Free Challenge outside of using my Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Instant Skin Perfector, which is a no color foundation/primer/moisturizer which makes your skin look radiant because of the light reflecting minerals. It was extremely freeing to skip the whole makeup routine that week! Shortly after that I went back to wearing more makeup again.
This year I am finally back to wearing very minimal makeup when I choose. I no longer feel like I absolutely need to put it on every day in order to look presentable before going out. There is no more spot concealing whether I have one, two, or a few blemishes, and it is pure freedom not to be concerned with it. I am finally releasing the need for ridiculous perfection, and just being comfortable in the skin that I was born with.
Taking Full Accountability vs Concealing The Truth
For the past year I have been diligently working on healing my gut and digestive system, and the process continues. For me this means that with every meal eaten, it is released from my body within 24 hours. I have taken my nutrition very seriously, and I stopped eating sugar and all processed foods, which has really helped with the overall appearance of my skin. I have also incorporated more raw living foods into my diet. The better my skin looks from taking better care of my health, the more comfortable I feel just adding a few drops of rosehip seed oil as a moisturizer and being done. No more light reflective minerals needed everyday to feel good!
I have also worked hard on getting back into my morning routine. I am finally prioritizing my sleep and going to bed early again. Getting good sleep makes the skin under my eyes smoother and less puffy.
Good sleep is an all natural under-eye concealer that is much more effective than any store bought product, and it actually works.
Now that I am going to sleep earlier, I can get up earlier and have some quality time to myself before the real day begins. For me this includes my meditation and prayer time, journaling, and stretching. I wrote in detail about how to create a healthy and healing morning routine here. I’m taking my own advice on this one again versus staying up late for no real reason.
The longer that I have not worn any makeup at all, the more comfortable I am when I see my reflection in the mirror.
When you wear foundation, powder, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, lashes, lipstick, and gloss it can be exceptionally tough seeing your reflection when you cleanse your face a night. Weaning yourself off a full face makeup routine can be tough. I know because I did this myself. Also the magic of it all, along with incredible lighting and Photoshop, like one of my professional headshots, can create a slightly tweaked perception of yourself. Comparing yourself to others doesn’t help either.
When I worked in cosmetics, we had to wear a full face of makeup as part of the job in order to sell it to our clients. When I learned more about the toxic chemicals in makeup, I tossed out all of the high quality brands of makeup that I owned, and transitioned to chemical-free makeup. You can see a list of these natural makeup brands here. You can also see what is currently in my makeup bag plus current beauty regimen here.
When I was tired of envying women who looked beautiful without wearing any makeup at all, I took on the challenge of being makeup-free myself.
Now that I am much happier with my own reflection sans le makeup, I feel immensely liberated! Of course looking presentable is important to me, so I dress in my best. It also takes less time and effort now to get ready in the morning, and if I do decide to wear eyeliner or maybe a bit of cheek stain, or even a bold red lip, it’s no big thing, and it definitely only takes a minute or two to achieve my desired look.
There was a point in my life when I thought I was going to become a makeup artist myself. I was studying/assisting with two incredible makeup artists at the time, and being an overall artist in general, makeup was just another form of creative expression. And what an incredible art form it is!
Yet for myself makeup had also become a blanket to cover my insecurity, and I felt dependent upon it. Wearing a full face of makeup was a confidence booster that I couldn’t achieve on my own before. The truth is that my confidence is better without it now that I’ve been working so diligently to heal my skin from the inside out and with a simple skin care regimen. Makeup is no longer creating more problems by suffocating my skin or clogging my pores.
Pure freedom is my focus for 2015, and being predominately makeup-free is one way that I am experiencing that!
Have you had a similar experience with this?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)