I Went Without Makeup for a Week & the Results Were Surprising (PHOTOS)

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I wear makeup. Not a lot, but I wear it just about every day I face the world. I put on a little powder and usually a lot of mascara. I love the cat eye liquid eyeliner look and a hint of lip gloss. Sometimes I even wear a bright lip color. I feel better with it on -- cuter, more put together, alive. With even just a hint of makeup, I feel like I look less tired.

In a typical week, I could go a day or two without showering, but not without putting on a little makeup. I think we become so used to seeing what we look like with makeup on that when it's not on, it's slightly terrifying. So I challenged myself to go without makeup for a week and actually leave the house.

This wasn't easy. At all. Each day I really wanted to put something on my face. Just a hint. Please! Just a little powder! But I didn't. The first day I didn't want to make eye contact with anyone in fear someone would say, "Where are your eyelashes?!" But by the second I was using my greasy face to reflect the sun onto the snow in our yard to melt it. I tried to make the best of a very unfortunate situation.

Before I have my big reveal, here I am with makeup on. I don't think I overdo it. Just enough.

And here I am without it. Good grief.

I'll admit this is slightly terrifying to have this photo here for you all to see. I'll also admit I took so many photos of myself without makeup and each one was worse than the last. No one needs to point out that I look better with makeup -- I can see that for myself. I saw that every day for a week. Someone needs to hand me my mascara -- quick! But I did learn some interesting things about not wearing makeup.

1. My skin gets way too oily without a little powder on and I break out more that way. I use Bare Minerals powder and I truly believe their claims that their product is good for your skin and prevents breakouts.

2. I look older with too much makeup and older without any on. Just a little is the sweet spot.

3. Mid-day is much more flattering than morning and night for those no makeup days. Perhaps I just got used to looking at myself that way by the afternoon ... or my morning puffiness went down. By night my tired look was even more tired.

4. My hair needed to be done in order for me to feel better about not wearing any makeup. Typically I neglect the hair and make sure I have some makeup on. But both "disasters" at the same time were far too tragic.

5. And perhaps most sobering about this whole experiment is that I can really notice that I'm not 20 anymore without any makeup on.

Do you wear makeup every day? Could you ever try this no makeup for a week experiment?


Images via Michele Zipp

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momofcfk momofcfk

I personally think you look beautiful without make-up!!

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

I am just like you. I wear basic make up everyday no matter what I am doing. In fact just this morning I got up a little later than usual and I only did concealer, powder, blush and a sheer lipstick. I felt sooooooooo naked without my eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and eye brows on. I feel so vain but honestly I feel so much better and prettier with make up on.

cassi... cassie_kellison

I only wear eye shadow, eye liner and mascara. I don't wear cover up because I don't know how to apply it and I am terrified o that cover up line that you see on the neck and chin area.  So I just skip it.

nonmember avatar Sarah

You look great without it! I once "gave up" makeup for Lent so I could use that time for reflection. It was hard! I don't wear much... just concealer and mascara, but it was still hard!

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

I can't walk out of my house without at least mascara on. My normal every day look is brown eyeliner, mascara and lip stain. I rarely ever do more then that. I think I look older and closer to death without those few things lol 

linzemae linzemae

Concealer is my must have. My dark circles are bad!

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I NEVER leave the house without coverup, powder foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick/lip gloss. 

Aeris... AerisKate

I'm the opposite! I NEVER wear make up.  I'd have to take a challenge to wear it every day and even then I don't think I'd do it.  Honestly, I think you look great without it. There's not a whole lot of difference. 

nonmember avatar amanda

I wore a full face of makeup last week to a wedding. Was the first time in many years. I work a job that involves too much sweating to bother, plus I would rather sleep. I go natural 99.9 percent of the time, and still get more compliments/flirting than I am comfortable with. At 29, I feel pretty good just as I am.

clean... cleanaturalady

Good grief is right. You look hardly any different in the second picture.

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