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Go a Week Without Makeup



Your skin will thank you

Even if you don’t realize it, most of the makeup you wear is toxic. Cosmetic products are not subjected to the same checks as food or medicine before being released to the mass market. It is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer to decided whether a product is safe to use or not.

Unfortunately, a lot of them do contain harmful substances that get instantly absorbed by your skin. For instance, popular cosmetics ingredients such as sodium benzoate, propylene glycol and a number of other acids (not to mention parabens and carcinogens) cause allergic reactions on most skin types.

Secondly, if you’d like to have the perfect blemish-free and glowing skin, covering it up with tons of foundation won’t help you with that. If you wear makeup all day, some of it will inevitably seep into your skin pores, causing them to enlarge and result in acne and blemishes.

You will have more free time

On average women in the US apply 17 beauty products before leaving the house and spend around an hour to get their looks together. Another study showed that women around the world waste 474 days of their lives applying makeup.

Just think for a second how many amazing things you could do instead – learn a new language, have more incredible travel experiences or master photography.

Once I stopped wearing makeup, I had one spare hour in the morning that I could either use to get extra sleep (which is delightful indeed) or turn into a productive activity like working on my blog or learning French.

Is there’s something you always wanted to start doing but never had time for? Well, why don’t you do it in the morning instead of applying your makeup?

You will learn to love your flaws

Learning to love yourself and embrace your flaws is one of the biggest challenges everyone faces. At first, when you go makeup free, you’ll feel exposed. You are no longer hidden behind a fancy facade with all the pimples, freckles and other tiny defects you can’t tolerate disguised under a deep layer of powder.

Do you want to know a secret? No one actually pays attention to your tiny imperfections except you! You should stop treating them like “flaws” and think of them as your “specialty.”

You will be more at peace with yourself

One of the most common things I hear from my girlfriends is that “Makeup makes me feel more beautiful.” The truth is – it shouldn’t!

Last year Marc Jacobson models walked down the runway with no makeup; Cate Blanchett, Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Jessica Simpson and even Brad Pitt have been featured on top magazine covers with no makeup or Photoshop re-touсhing.

You should not allow anyone to judge you solely by how you look (and ditch those people who do!) or allow someone to get you down just because they have a different idea about how people should be presented.

Giving up makeup is just another small step towards making peace with your body image and your soul.

You will start feeling more confident

Unfortunately, applying mascara and eye shadows will not help you boost your self-esteem and confidence. Instead of covering up yourself, you should focus on loving your natural look and embracing yourself. Your confidence will skyrocket once you learn to accept yourself the way you are.

I used to think that if I were to stop wearing makeup, I would be considered less attractive and date-able by the opposite sex. In reality, I met my significant other while tripping through the moist Indonesian jungles.

He thought I was beautiful from the first moment he saw me hiking up the volcano – all sweaty and red-cheeked. He has kept telling me that I’m beautiful every day since then.

Ditching the mindset that your self-confidence depends on your makeup, you will start building it up on the right principles: self-respect, positive attitude and competence.

You will start appreciating life on a deeper level

Embracing your natural look is the foundation of a life rooted in simplicity and in harmony with yourself.

Chasing trends and fighting to comply with social norms and beauty standards is exhausting. So is spending a huge chunk of money on beauty products in hopes they would make you feel “prettier” and thus “better,” yet leaving you feeling devastated instead.

Remember, your looks do not define who you are. You are better than this and you are beautiful the way you are!

Going makeup free takes courage, but it’s a rewarding experience indeed.


Success stories

Claire Hall

Dec 19 at 12:31 pm
Easily done

ulrike bauwens

Dec 13 at 21:47 pm
I never wear make-up, only on special occasions.

Tyler Campbell

Feb 09 at 05:30 am
Haven't worn makeup in my life. Completed this within a week of birth.

Nahdi Easter

Jan 02 at 21:40 pm
I don't wear make up regularly I probably wear make up like 3 times a month.

Jarelle Aurelia Africa

Dec 19 at 07:54 am
never really wear make up

Jessica Herbert

Dec 10 at 07:27 am

nidal 1995

Oct 21 at 02:00 am
It's okay for me and i don't use makeup every day

Ashleigh Miller

Mar 25 at 07:23 am
i dont wear make up so :)

Manô Bisordi

Dec 12 at 23:16 pm
raro eu usar make

Amy Burman

Nov 18 at 19:37 pm
skin felt fresh

Anne Chauhan

Nov 17 at 17:49 pm
30D w/o makeup

Siru Wallin

Nov 03 at 01:01 am
I do this all the time

Clair Louise

Oct 31 at 23:52 pm
Do this regularly

Alicia Vanhoegaerden

Jul 27 at 10:33 am
Easy lemon squezy

Ushashi Mitra

Jul 11 at 15:35 pm

Smailly Castillo

Jun 23 at 21:26 pm
This is stupid, i don't use make up since a some years.

Susan Zhou

Jun 02 at 20:11 pm
Okay, seriously I never apply makeup and I look awesome

Nathan Blanco

May 13 at 23:16 pm
Llevo toda la vida

Clair Elliott

Apr 19 at 22:56 pm
don't wear much make up only on special occasions. so I usually go at least a few weeks without at a time

Valentina Lomborg

Apr 08 at 05:51 am

Alexis Gilliam

Mar 19 at 01:28 am
I didn't wear makeup for a whole week during my backpacking trip to Moab, Utah

Simona Sorrentino

Mar 18 at 23:17 pm
never tried make up

Tierra Nauman

Mar 17 at 12:28 pm
many times.

Charlotte Beech

Mar 17 at 02:40 am

Caitlin Breen

Mar 14 at 04:30 am
Most of the time

London Leopard

Mar 12 at 09:42 am
I barely wear makeup anyway

Cherie Stratton

Mar 01 at 11:31 am

Andrea Tande

Feb 16 at 11:40 am

Billie-Jo Boreham

Jan 30 at 20:39 pm
wear make up less often after this first week

Aneta Głowala

Jan 29 at 23:03 pm
while working at camp - 3 months without makeup

Sara barone

Jan 28 at 03:45 am

Emilija Ilić

Jan 27 at 01:42 am
every day

Livi Deak

Jan 26 at 14:12 pm
Never did never will

Natalie Gehlert

Jan 26 at 08:20 am
Jede einzelne Woche

abigael Stewart

Jan 24 at 23:51 pm
I only where makeup when I want

glitter dust

Jan 24 at 21:23 pm
due to having pain in my hands because of my recent Diogenes I have been without make up for over a month

Sophie Smither

Jan 21 at 00:15 am

Rosalind Pingleton

Jan 12 at 17:25 pm

Ghiselle Gustavsson

Jan 12 at 01:50 am


Jan 12 at 00:41 am

Sadhbh Sutton

Jan 11 at 21:22 pm

Inês Marques

Jan 06 at 19:55 pm

Kat Stewart

Jan 05 at 00:12 am
currently going a lifetime without make up. life is better lived authentically


Jan 04 at 23:51 pm
I don't wear makeup at all.

Zane Tomsone

Jan 03 at 02:16 am
I go everyday without makeup


Jan 03 at 01:59 am
I don't wear make-up all the time

Charlotte Cowper

Jan 03 at 01:04 am
I rarely wear makeup.. it's all about natural beauty for me...


Jan 02 at 21:32 pm
wasn't use to wear make up

Sharon Hudson

Dec 31 at 04:57 am
pretty much my whole life

Alina Masotti

Dec 29 at 00:26 am
I don't ever wear makeup.

Emma Dane

Dec 28 at 21:24 pm

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 28 at 07:03 am
can't remember the last time I wore makeup

Chantal Van de Kolk

Dec 27 at 19:54 pm

Annabelle Mayhem

Dec 19 at 12:52 pm
It wasn't something hard for me to go a week without makeup.. :) Generally I don't do it often :)