After writing Bare Faced & Insecure–My Evening Without Makeup, I was actually surprised how many of you shared your personal experiences surrounding makeup in the comments as well as by email. Two weeks following I completely laid low in the makeup department deciding to only use concealer sparingly and keep my lips moisturized with my homemade Mandarin Nutmeg Lip Balm.
The freedom that I’ve experienced from going makeup-free is the reason why I’m sharing the One Week Makeup-Free Challenge with you.
After two weeks of being significantly makeup-free, I am comfortable being bare faced and finally secure. I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with wearing makeup as long as it is toxic-free therefore healthy for your body. I’m not crazy about feeling unhappy with myself if I’m not made up hence the article I wrote about feeling unattractive and definitely not chic. When we hide behind tons of makeup regularly, we wash our face at night no longer feeling beautiful. In many cases we also inhibit our skin from breathing and possibly worse continue the cycle of breakouts if the ingredients in our makeup are full of chemicals, if we are using old makeup that has expired, or we don’t keep our makeup brushes clean. The wrong makeup with a poor skin care regimen and diet can actually exacerbate blemishes and acne keeping our skin in an unfavorable state while not allowing it to heal itself.
The One Week Makeup-Free Challenge is focused on embracing your natural beauty, providing more time in the morning to do other things, as well as making your skin care the most important part of your beauty routine and not your makeup.
Over the next week share your experiences here and on the Minimalist Beauty Community Facebook Page. I will also make an effort to include skin care tips at the end of each article next week. If you are interested in this challenge comment below with your thoughts, concerns, or any questions you may have. If you are curious about my skin care regimen definitely check it out here.
Feel free to use concealer, preferably a natural one, to use a spot treatment as needed.
I don’t think I would have been as comfortable going two weeks without “color” if I hadn’t concealed whatever blemishes were present at the time. Lastly, this experience made it so easy to do my latest photos like the one above for Azuha with only a natural concealer, blush, lip balm, and of course the Vapour Organic Beauty “BB Cream”. Usually I would have also worn foundation, powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip liner, and lipstick. Instead I focused on working on more important aspects for my Etsy store.
Although this challenge is starting today, feel free to do this for yourself at any time. Share your thoughts below!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)