For as long as I can remember, I always have been one of those girls that can’t leave the house without makeup on. Even to the gym I have to have on concealer, some powder and a light coat of mascara. I also don’t understand the whole application concept of a “no makeup” makeup look. For me, it’s either full glam (meaning contour, eye shadow, etc.) or nothing. (Full glam? Who am I, Kim Kardashian?) That is until recently during that time I didn’t wear makeup for 2 weeks. And, you know what? It’s the first time in a long time that I felt comfortable being me.
Now, let me just say that this wasn’t a planned thing. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide, hey! I’m not going to wear makeup for the next two weeks to see how it affects my mood! It really started when we got home from vacation and then I got sick, so I obviously didn’t feel like putting my face on most days. But, like I just said, it’s probably one of the best things that could’ve happened for me in a while.
My mood has kind of been yo-yo-ing all over the place, and part of that is because of some insecurities and self-esteem issues that I’ve been dealing with. Why do you think I never used to leave the house without makeup? I don’t have great skin, and I generally think I look horrible without anything on my face. In partial defense of myself, I LOVE makeup and the whole application process. I’ve even toyed with the idea in the past of getting my cosmetology license so I could do it professionally. But, when it starts to interfere with my schedule because it takes too damn long and I feel like I still don’t look good enough compared to other people, it’s obviously time to walk away from it for a bit.
I honestly never realized what a freeing experience it would be to not even think about applying makeup for a couple weeks. I still got dressed as normal and did my hair, but it was a hallelujah moment to eliminate the 30 to 45 minutes I usually spend on makeup. Ryan even said at one point that this was the best two weeks of our married life, ha! It helps when your husband finds you to be beautiful no matter what. Plus, my skin has never looked better! Sure, I still have a blemish here and there (when will I never not have that?). But, my skin feels healthy and I can tell that my skin care products work better without makeup clogging my pores. (I still use this three-step skin care regime.)
Finn is a fan of no makeup, too!
Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t an announcement that I’m going to stop wearing makeup for good. Yeah, right! I enjoy makeup and the way that it makes me feel in the appropriate time and place. And, this wouldn’t be much of a beauty blog anymore would it? 😉 However, that time that I didn’t wear makeup for 2 weeks restored a little bit of confidence in myself and took away some doubt. If feeling comfortable in my own skin, even au naturale, is what it takes to get me feeling like myself again, then that’s a greater gift than any makeup palette could ever deliver.