I haven't mentioned it, but I've been on vacation for the past two weeks.
I didn't go anywhere fancy. Just stayed in the city, sleeping till noon every day, eating well, and not wearing make-up.
Like at all! Now, I consider myself a make-up girl. Every day, when I'm not on vacation, I have to go out there and see tons of new people and to do that, I need to feel confident. My "out-there-face" is what you'd call "natural make-up". It includes moisturizer, primer, bb cream/foundation, concealer, face powder, eyebrow pencil (always Essense in Soft Blonde) and a mascara (usually Maybelline - the best mascaras on the drugstore level). You can catch a glimpse of it here.
On my days off though, I opt for a truly natural face. Micellar water, eye cream, moisturizer - routine completed. I use concealer and a quick face powder touch-up only if I need to pop out of the house. And that's how I've been treating my face for the last two weeks.
And you know what? I feel like my skin has been feeling better than ever. Even my boyfriend commented on how well I've been looking lately! No occasional breakouts. No spots, redness or dryness. I can almost feel the cells breathing freely. New moisturizer (Olay), long hours of sleep and eating fresh farmer's veggies surely made a difference, too, but the overall freshness can only be due to no make-up. I can't even say how much I've been enjoying it!
But this post is not going to be just about the benefits of no-make-up. I'm actually going to talk about the importance that I see in wearing cosmetics, too. And I want you to know that if no make-up is a part of how you present yourself, I have no judgment. This post is simply dedicated to my personal reflections on my bare face challenge and what comes next.
So, will I start wearing beauty products again when it's time to get back to work? "sighs" Sure. I love my face fresh, but that's totally fine! As I see it, would I come to work in my floral sweatpants just because I've enjoyed wearing them so much on my day off? I thought so. I remember coming in with the bare face one day (really didn't have time), though. Some of my colleagues asked me if I was sick - what do you make of that? Did my face look that bad? Should I have felt offended? :)
Nah, I just laughed it off. Because I knew that I didn't need beauty products to feel beautiful, or to know how to do my job. But I might have felt more relaxed that day because, in my mind, no make-up didn't associate with work, so I barely felt like was working. And here, here lies the reason why we wear all that on our faces. For us, make-up girls, it makes us feel we are ready for the day. Just like the appropriate clothes, it makes us feel put together and in control of the situation. We know that we're beautiful and we are confident about it, we just like extra points to our beauty. Like in video games, you know. Plus 15 points to the eyelashes, plus 20 to those cheekbones, plus 30 to the healthy glow.
Now for those accused of excessive make-up. Some wear more, some less, but it's not about impressing anyone. It's about who you want to be today. For many people, playing with make-up is a definition of having fun. For many others, it's a form of art they choose to express their creativity, even if they are not certified professionals. I enjoy watching certain beauty vloggers not for the products they recommend, but for the passion they clearly have.
So to finish, we do need to allow our skin to have a vacation too. It's necessary for it to stay a healthy, beautiful canvas for our creative experiments. It's also great to give ourselves some time off from looking in the mirror. But I must admit that by the end of my vacation I started to miss my magic wands! Even got inspired to get some new stuff and have some fun. The first thing I got was NYX Wonder Contouring Stick - couldn't wait to try it, and my first impression is that it's a total buy. Now I'm seriously considering getting neutral eyeshadows, more brushes, and a proper translucent setting powder. Also, can't wait to get my hands on the Wet'n'Wild Photo Focus Concealer.
On these photos, I'm wearing my usual "day off" combination - moisturizer, concealer, and face powder. What are your thoughts on make-up? And if you had only three products to choose to wear for the rest of your life, what would they be? <3
Denim Jacket - Maison Scotch (Men's), Jeans - ZARA, Shoes - Aldo.