How often do you go without makeup? Lounging in your PJs watching Netflix at home does not count. I mean in public, where the whole world can see you? For me the total tally comes to a whopping zero. Since the sixth grade there has not been one day where I have left my house without makeup on. I’ve become accustomed to covering up my acne and dark circles with concealer, adding blush to my dull cheeks, and sweeping a mascara wand over my stubby lashes. And while this definitely gave me clear looking skin the long-term effects were quite the opposite. Wearing makeup so much clogged my pores and made my skin incredibly oily, I loved the way makeup made me feel but I hated the way it made my skin feel. So with homecoming coming up I saw the perfect opportunity to let my skin rest and go for 5 days without wearing makeup.
I am a very insecure person when it comes to my face so although it may not seem like a big deal I was genuinely afraid about what people might say about my skin. However, I was stoked to start this experiment for one big reason: it was Sunday, which meant I would not have to run into anyone I knew. All I did on this day was wash my face and apply moisturizer. My skin felt pretty soft all day and it wasn’t nearly as oily as it normally would have been. Day one was a breeze but it was the rest of the week I was worried about.
When I woke up on Monday I was dreading going to school. In spite of that I had two tests that day so I would have to make do. I applied my moisturizer and my sunscreen and zipped out the door. Did I care about my friends seeing me without makeup? Honestly, yes. What would they say? What would they think? A million questions ran through my head, but when I got to school the side-eye glances I was expecting never arrived. The only questions I got that day were about the tests and the only negative statement I received was a “you look tired” from a teacher, but to be fair I had stayed up all night studying for my tests.
As the rest of the week went on I noticed that I had more time to sleep in and even eat breakfast- something I never get to do because I wake up with less that enough time to do both my makeup and eat. Despite that this happy feeling did not last too long because by day three, I began to notice all the things I usually covered up. My dark spots seemed to become darker and my bags more prevalent. I remembered why I wore so much makeup in the first place. I was really distraught but I knew I had to finish what I started and tried to put it out of my mind. I will admit that I caved and put some pink lip tint on my cheeks and lips afterwards but does that really count? I am going to say no.
Every day, I waited for someone to ask me if I was feeling okay or why my face was so pale, but it never happened. No one ever sneered in my direction or even noticed. Which is great, because if they had I would probably have given up. Throughout these five days I learned that my skin loves not wearing makeup but I also learned that at the end of the day, no one really cares what’s on your face except you, wearing makeup should be an enjoyable experience not something you feel obligated to do. While I do not think I will be wearing makeup everyday I probably will still apply some blush and lip tint every now and then.