For many girls, the idea of leaving the house without makeup on is unheard of. I bet you’re thinking, woah abbey, that’s just crazy. The mere suggestion will leave them disgusted. Either that or they will herald makeup-less women as ‘brave.’ A recent study by The Renfrew Centre Foundation found that 44% of women reported negative feelings when not wearing makeup. check out www.shape.com for their full study. But, how did we come to this girls? Why should a makeupless gal be made to feel any less beautiful, seriously?? And, moralistic questions aside, is it a construct women want broken?
Of course, not every woman wears makeup all the time. There are some who go makeup free on a regular basis. I praise you! That’s amazing! For some, it’s a conscious effort. For others, it’s simply a case of not having the time or energy.(that ones me for sure) One thing you can be sure of is that your makeup-less escapades will draw attention. My pet hate is when someone says i look ‘ill’ No that’s just because i have no makeup on haha! Obviously that shouldn’t be the case. But, makeup free outings can often feel as though you’re making an exhibit of yourself. Someone who puts effort into an elaborate makeup routine may want to be looked at. But, why should people stare at a woman who hasn’t done anything to herself?
And, there are women who genuinely do consider makeup-less warriors brave. These are the women who wish they could do the same, but can’t build the confidence. In truth, not wearing makeup doesn’t take as much confidence as you think. And, it would take a lot less if people were more accepting of what nature gave us. In an ideal world, a makeup-less woman would be a non-event. No biggy. But, change can’t happen if we don’t step up to the plate. The more women who rock the natural look, the more normal it will become.
So, how can you go out makeup free? It couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is…nothing! Okay, not entirely. But, not wearing makeup won’t be the challenge you expect. One thing that can make a huge difference is getting your skincare under control. Turn to sites like www.beautyambition.com for a better idea of the products available. That way, you’re dealing with skin problems instead of covering them every day. And, knowing your skin is looking fantastic will make it easier to show the world your face. Other than that, practice makes perfect. For your first few outings, you may feel like something’s missing. But, the more you do it, the more natural it will feel.
An unexpected benefit of the odd makeup-less outing is that, when you do wear makeup, it’ll have added impact. This isn’t about hating makeup, after all. This about exercising the right not to wear it every day. And, when you do get dolled up, you can go all out. When you wear makeup every day, it loses its impact. And, you don’t have to go completely facially naked if you don’t want to, either. Instead of your regular routine, try wearing a bright lippy instead. You may find, that’s all you need. Every gal needs a red lippy in her life!