I love make up. I love the process of putting my make up on, I love how a slick of red lipstick can transform my confidence and I love playing around with new products. However now that a lot of my spare time is spent attempting to renovate our dust ridden building site of a house I've found myself going bare faced more often than not. What began as just not wearing make up because I was staying in the house all day turned into not wearing make up to the supermarket and has now developed to only wearing make up for work or if I'm going out somewhere nice.
I didn't have much confidence without make up before. I felt uncomfortable going shopping or to a cafe without make up on down to fear of being judged for my bare face. My bare face is what I really look like so what if people didn't like it? I think a lot of people feel the same and yet it's amazing what a few days without make up can actually do for your confidence.
While I was moving house I didn't wear make up, which is where my bare faced-ness (totally coining that word) began. I didn't have time to put it on and I didn't have time to look in a mirror (or have a mirror at all actually seeing as it was packed) so I went two days without even thinking about what I might look like and I found that, actually, I didn't really care. I mean, of course I care about wearing make up if I'm going out for lunch or out for drinks with friends, but why did I ever worry what people might think of my face while I'm doing my food shop? My bare faced-ness continued when we started stripping wallpaper and ripping walls down because obviously, but I stopped putting make up on when we needed to leave the house to go to B&Q or comparing tile prices and the like, partly because I didn't really have time and partly because I just stopped feeling the need to.
Not wearing make up all the time has given me more confidence, has made me enjoy the times when I do wear make up more and my skin looks so much better. If you struggle with confidence in terms of wearing make up I would really recommend having a few days off and seeing how you feel going bare faced. I actually (shock horror) now like the way I look without make up.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, try to love yourself with and without make up. Make up only enhances the beauty that's already there after all. But more importantly, do whatever makes you happy without a fear of being judged.
Do you go bare faced?