No Make-Up January

Let me start by saying I know this is neither radical nor revolutionary. Millions upon millions of women go about their daily business without wearing make-up ALL THE TIME. It’s more of a personal whim, taken up in a moment of boredom at the end of the festive season.  At the beginning of another day slobbing around the house, I considered getting ready to go to the park, and how much faster it would be if I skipped the make-up part of getting ready. One thought led to another and after a barefaced selfie on Instagram, the decision was made. I will wear no make-up for the month of January.

As I pondered the decision, I saw a fabulous picture of Nadiya Hussain from Bake Off wearing the most beautiful make-up, and looking stunning. I thought about red lipstick. Do I really want to do this? Is not being able to brighten up my face making a dull month even duller? The word on social media this New Year is celebratory, rather than punitive. Giving things up is out, celebrating yourself is in. So this is not in the spirit of giving things up, not the make-up equivalent of dry January, more a challenge to feel (even) more comfortable in my own skin. And the great thing is I might even get a few more minutes in bed out of it.

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Nadiya Hussain: Photo by Pal Hansen for The Observer. 

 

Today, the second of January, this is No Big Deal. I’ve been to Lidl and a local playground, both things I regularly do without make-up. I will return to work on Wednesday 4th January: I don’t always wear a full face for work but will always at least do mascara and a bit of blusher. I feel I will somehow appear less professional by not wearing make-up, that I will look a little scruffier, not as well presented. This is exacerbated by the fact that my hair is in the no man’s land mess of growing out an undercut, so will not be able to restore order in any way. On a day to day basis, I come into contact with only a handful of people at work, but there will be several days I will be attending meetings with a large number of people from across the organisation. Normally, on such days, I would up my make-up game: bit more eye shadow, maybe a bright lipstick. I gain confidence from that. Where will the confidence come from without it? From within. Hopefully.

I am from the North East of England and I live in Ireland. I am a pale skinned creature. Always, always when I go make up free, people will tell me I look tired. Ask if I am unwell. No, thank you, I am fine, this is just my face. But I suppose that’s one of the reasons I do wear make-up. Constantly being asked if you are unwell when you reveal your naked face is a little demoralising. When people ask if I am feeling OK this month, as they undoubtedly will, I will simply say ‘Yes. Great, actually,’ and avoid further explanation.

I enjoy it, too, wearing make-up and I don’t think it needs to be over analysed, although of course you could certainly do that. No doubt as the month goes on I’ll explore my thoughts around it a little further, but for now it’s a personal challenge.

So wish me luck. I’m not tired. This is my face.

beth

 

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39 comments

  1. Even with a full face of make-up I get “You look knackered”. If I leave it off people will start taking my pulse. I do have mixed feelings about what putting it on every day means for womankind, but I put it on anyway as I like how it takes me from hamster to almost human in a few minutes. It’s wrong though, as I’m probably doing it to appear less offensive to other folk. I’m totally emotionally dependent on it, so I applaud you for doing this and I promise I won’t say “Have you not slept?”.
    Looking forward to reading about this…

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    1. We shall see…Probably no one will notice !

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  2. I commend you and am inspired by this. Perhaps I’ll try this one month during 2017. I don’t wear make-up every day. I work from home, so it’s not that big of a deal, but like you on meeting days, I up my make-up game when I have to go out or meet with a client, or simply on days I must interact with people. It makes me feel better — sad but true. I’ve always had a hunch that my problem comes with wearing it some days and not others. Naturally our faces look blander comparatively without make-up. When I worked in a more public job and wore make-up more days than not, on the rare day that I’d go without, inevitably I’d get a lot of, “You feeling okay?” This works the other way too. Now that I go without most of the time, when I do apply even a little make-up, I get more compliments. I currently lean toward the latter of making make-up an exception instead of my daily standard. Like you, I prefer my confidence to come from within and on from less superficial parts of myself. Still…I suppose it’s human nature to appreciate compliments. Excellent and though-provoking post. Thank you! And you look fabulous sans make-up.

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    1. It’s interesting isn’t it. We can say we wear it for ourselves but it can’t be as simple as all that. I know I look better with it but according to whose standards ?

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      1. Exactly. Honestly, just typing that comment to you opened my eyes to the reality — while it DOES make me feel more confident, these feelings are still based on validation from others. Hmmm. Eye-opening. Thanks again!

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  3. I have exactly the same comments as you when I don’t wear make up. My sister in law always feels it necessary to tell me I look tired. I reply, ‘it’s because I have no make up on’. This is just my face! Thank you very much!
    Arg.
    I don’t even usually wear much – BB cream, concealer under the eyes, mascara and lip gloss. But it makes a difference as she so kindly points out.
    I feel better wearing no make up with a bit of a tan, but that’s rare to get in this country!
    Best of luck with your no make up venture. I wonder if I’ll be brave enough to try this too any time soon? It would save so much time each day!

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  4. I love this idea and I’m on a kind of streamlining programme so it would fit in.
    I have to commend you on your bravery. It is a bit scary – makeup isn’t just warpaint, it’s also a shield – and it’s a shift in thinking.
    Go for it. I just bought an anti aging moisturiser that claims to be all singing and dancing. At the least I can get a review out of it!

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  5. It’s nice to take a break every now and then! I don’t like to wear make-up all the time. I find it takes the fun out of it, so when I do actually wear it, I enjoy it and feel really good about it!

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  6. At the moment (as the mother of a nine month old baby boy) a no make up pledge for January should be easy to achieve.

    However. It is my birthday later this month and dressing up and putting on make up is a treat I am actually looking forward to! That and a glass of bubbles.

    Can I count the last 9 months or so banked days instead when I have been bared faced nearly every day? 😂

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    1. Haha – ok then you’re allowed a day off for your birthday

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  7. You look gorgeous! I am 53 years old and have worn make up on very few occassions. I feel like I am in drag when I wear it. My hair is turning grey and that is what happens. I am getting wrinkly…and I doubt tonoer would change that. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN and don’t let anyone tell you anything different. In fact, send them over to me — I will handle it for you! xoxo #BrilliantBlogPosts

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    1. Aw bless you Lisa ! I’m enjoying not wearing it at the moment..we’ll see how it goes by the end of the month !

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  8. Great post. I don’t wear make up as often as I used to (although I really should). You look fab with no make up, if I had skin like yours Id never wear make up! #stayclassy

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  9. Ohh good luck. I feel less professional without makeup too. It’s silly really. I do enjoy not wearing make up on my days off tho. You can move your face around freely and touch things without having to worry about it coming off! haha #StayClassyMama

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    1. Yes! Am rubbing my eyes on an hourly basis now !

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  10. I really lack in confidence if I don’t wear makeup. This is something I should definitely try to get out of my comfort zone and believe in myself!

    #stayclassymama

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  11. I’d love to skip the makeup especially on school run mornings but I just don’t have the confidence – or maybe I’m too vain or care too much about what other people think. I don’t know but whatever it is, slapping on the warpaint makes a huge difference to how I feel about myself (which really p*sses me off btw!). If I had skin like yours I’d be much happier about it though – beautiful 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

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  12. I never wear make up unless I am going out OUT and even then I only wear a bit of mascara and lip gloss! I can’t imagine having the time to put on make up each day, I admire anyone who does!! You look great though, embrace it, pale skin and all! #stayclassymama

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  13. I enjoyed ignoring makeup for three weeks over the Christmas holidays, I do bare minimum to work but like you I get told I look sick with no blusher as I am uber Welsh pale. I think you can def pull of no make up but I too pine for red lippy once in a while, it makes me feel like I have made an effort…though then my five year old son likes to put it on too so we generally get stared at in town…hey If I can wear it so can he 🙂 #stayclassymama

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  14. You look fab and I’m looking forward to reading how it made you feel. I sometimes go without and even did a FB live without any too and it definitely helped me feel more confident natural x

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  15. ‘Being a pale skinned create’ youll fit in very well here without make up in the ‘land of pale skinned creatures’.

    The natural look is in and you can’t get more natural than……. ‘natural’ if you get me.

    Best of luck.

    Daddy P

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  16. thefrenchiemummy · · Reply

    I think it is such a great idea! And you don’t need make up! You are naturally nice! I have never ever been a big fan of make up and when I became a mum, I stopped wearing it all together. At first, it was weird but guess what, I scared no one! so all good! I am back to work so I still wear a bit of concealer and mascara but otherwise, fresh as a daisy, well not always! Good luck with it and I am sure you will be fine! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  17. Wow to the fresh faced beauty that you are! Oh I wish I could be so brave – there’s definitely a post in this make-up malarkey that us women adhere too! I’m not a cake it on kind of girl but I do like a little – oh and I am a sucker to the red lipstick! Look forward to reading more of your posts about this! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  18. aliduke79hotmailcom · · Reply

    I have had an on off relationship with make up. I have loads of it, so I have decided that it is time that I started wearing it “properly”, Not for anyone else, but for myself. I think you look fab without make up.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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  19. Checking in from #stayclassymama to tell you you are still GORGEOUS just the way you are! ❤

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  20. Embrace the paleness! Us pale people need to show that there’s nothing wrong with being pasty-skinned. I rarely wear makeup apart from mascara and a bit of lip gloss – I always feel like I look strange with makeup on, like a child playing dress-up with their mum’s things. Plus I’d rather spend an extra 20 minutes in bed in the morning than doing my face! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  21. diaryofawimpymumblog · · Reply

    This post is so relatable! I’m from the north west of England and wearing make up is a personal luxury when I can be arsed! I’ve followed your blog I can’t wait to read through more! X

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  22. Can I just say you fabulous! And I think your responses to people’s questions are just fab, because yes you are great!

    I haven’t worn makeup for years. I’ve always found it hard to find make up for south Asian skin tones, and got fed up hunting for stuff. I do love makeup and I read about it, but now I just can’t be bothered. I’m spending the cash on good skincare products – make the best of me! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  23. If I don’t wear makeup people always ask if I’m ok too! Does fake tan count as makeup? I think I’d get away with it if I donned the orange mask lol. I love the idea of this challenge but I know that I would never be brave enough to do it – which makes me ask some questions of myself if I’m honest! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

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  24. You look beautiful without makeup! But still a brave decision, I definitely couldn’t do it, but I do have awful acne. But I have definitely noticed in the last two years of motherhood I have learnt that I don’t need to wear makeup everyday and now I only wear it for work and ‘nice trips out’ a playdate or play group don’t warrant makeup but a lunch date with a friend does, that kind of thing. I do find it liberating because I am so much more comfortable in myself.

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    1. (Oh I meant to add #KCACOLS) x

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  25. I think this is a wonderful thing and more people should do it – we need to get brave! You look beautiful without make up lovely 🙂 I have noticed that more and more as a mum, I go without make up as I have less time to put it on with the toddler around, but still don’t feel totally confident without. xx #stayclassymama

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  26. Love this idea! Also you look great without makeup on. : ) I saw the pic on Instagram and I was like oooooh, she has a beautiful face and nice skin ; ). I wish more people would do this (including myself) so that we no longer have to wear makeup haha. It would save me 5 minutes every day (I just put mascara and eye liner on, maybe some foundation) and when you count that up for an entire year that’s a lot of time spent putting crap on my face! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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  27. areadingcat · · Reply

    I think you look beautiful! And very brave of you to make-up free. I say brave not because of you but because I could never. I’ve thought about it many times, especially because nowadays, I take about 20min to do my daily make-up, but I feel naked if I don’t wear any. Well, you look beautiful anyways! Tell us what it did for your skin! Do you feel it’s looking nicer after this time? Or less protected (even if Ireland isn’t really the country of pollution)! From areadingcat.com, xx

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  28. Honestly. No make up January seems like one of the scariest things I have ever heard. I hate that I can’t walk out of my house without a layer of make up on. And you look so good without it! Wish I had the confidence.

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  29. Loved this, thanks for posting 🙂 You’ve got yourself a new follower! A no make up January sounds like hell haha But you look beautiful!
    https://irishrosebeauty.wordpress.com

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  30. beautymakeup2017blog · · Reply

    I love this, new follower here. https://beautymakeup2017blog.wordpress.com/

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  31. A couple of years ago, I had a mandatory surgery that altered the way I look. It saved my life, but I had to learn to deal with a new representation of myself. The funny thing is, I’ve discovered that the level of confidence you exude has more to do with how others see you than anything else you can possibly do. We’ve all seen acne-ridden teens who are the most popular kids around because they are happy, out-going, and friendly. I’m taking tips from them!

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