Thursday morning 7:15am, sleeping in seems like a very tempting idea but there’s only 1 way to pull it off and make it into the office on time: forgo makeup. Now, considering I’d penned a post just days ago about how horrid the girl world is and using no makeup as an example I was skeptical but I’m breakout free and knew I’d be well rested (hooray going to be on time!) so I hit snooze until 7:35am.
Day 1: Once I crawled out of bed I ate breakfast, watched the news and left the house. It was surreal. I felt like a boy. But it was kind of liberating. Kind of like a fuck you to societies standards and my own standards and I had totally forgotten I was wearing no makeup (just moisturizer, not even tinted) until I looked in the mirror and I didn’t even cringe or inspect, I just finished washing my hands and left the restroom. I asked a male coworker on the el home if I looked dead and if he had noticed my bare face and he had no idea in fact, insisted I was wearing makeup. Sealed the deal for me and decided, this is going at least a week, if not the entire rest of the summer.
Because, come on, makeup free isn’t so bad, I just wish Sutro was life filter.
So I went to work and again, no comments, except my friend/receptionist telling me I don’t look bad (LOL because I confided how nerve wracking this was to me.) And I came to a realization, without makeup you’re not ugly, you’re just different. So mirror checks slimmed down to a quick glance and then came the evening. I knew coming into this week I had a birthday party at Headquarters (a beer-cade for all you non-Chicago folk) and would be faced with the choice: cheat and wear make-up, hello prospects could be there ?! OR stick to it and get ready like a man. I actually chose the latter. I washed my face with my menthol Burt’s Bees and left it on for 10 min as a mini-mask to give me a little glow and wore mascara just to vamp up my eyes a little but that’s it and I felt hot. There’s something that’s kind of sexy about a bare faced woman for nighttime, the mystery of where she came or why she chose not to get ready.
Days 3 & 4 were the weekend so I rarely wear make-up anyway unless I’m going out. I had to work Saturday morning and my sister came up to sleepover and have a pre-Pride celebration. It was the Pride Parade in Chicago on Sunday, of course I went, and was going to do my make-up to be festive but there just wasn’t time. Plus it was hot and I didn’t want it to melt on me so I glittered my body instead and opted for a rockin’ outfit.
Day 5 – Monday. Nothing changed except the dark spots that my pimples left behind are significantly fading, which is a huuuge plus for me, they’re impossible to cover with my makeup – they never quite disappear. I’m still loving the low-maintenance aspect of the bare face but I did wear a little mascara today just to add some definition to my eyes and will probably just opt for that moving forward.
Day 6: I woke up w a little bit of a breakout (two pimples on either side of my chin, thanks hormones) so I opted for a little tinted moisturizer since it was like 55 degrees so I knew it wouldn’t melt off my face. Still felt hot AF and cruised around my apartment most of the evening with my silver shades I got at Pride, because why not?
Day 7: Wednesday. Last day of the “challenge” but considering now it’s Friday and I still haven’t worn a touch of makeup, I can say I’ve officially converted. There’s nothing wrong with a natural face. I’m not rushing to throw out my collection but there really has to be an “occasion” for me to get all dolled up and that kind of makes me excited about it again. The prospect of having to take a billion years to get ready and really WOW people now that everyone’s adjusted to my lowmaintenence look. This week has brought me so much confidence in ways I never thought possible – I even posted a video of my dancing around in a teeny workout outfit. alone. in my apartment to Insta. Which, I’ve always wanted to but now I have and I don’t even regret it! (plus, it’s pretty adorable – judge me people)
Ideas of what you could do w the time you save from not wearing makeup:
- Make breakfast
- Make an iced coffee or smoothie
- Wash your hair
- Write in a dream journal
- Do chores leftover from the night before
- Leave 15 min early and actually be on time for work
- Pen an email to an old friend
- Watch the news
- Plan your day
- Do a face mask to make sure your bare face is ~ultra radiant~
- Run an errand
- Shave your legs
- Pack a lunch
- Or my personal favorite: Sleep in – cause that’s the whole point of this