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Sunday, 3 July 2016

5 Reasons to Skip Your Make-up in the Mornings

Hannah Barnes

Yesterday I saw a brilliant tweet which featured a screenshot of a girl on Instagram who may well have been a wax work figure. Her make-up, whilst a true work of art, had completely superimposed itself over who she was. Her real face was impossible to know. She was like Barbie; in the flesh. The tweet itself was calling for future of generations to be able to live their lives without feeling like they needed to channel Barbie on a day to day basis.

Well, I say – that’s all well and good, but I don’t want them thinking, therefore, that looking like this on special occasions is mandatory. I want future generations of girls to be so comfortable in their skin, they never need to cover their faces in such vast amounts of slap.

So here are 5 fabulous reasons to start ditching your make-up in the mornings.

Your skin will thank you – in no world can slapping all that crap on your face first thing after washing in the morning, do your skin any good. Whether you’re just looking for some time off, or want to free your skin for good, you’ll notice a real difference in no time.

You’ll come to appreciate your real face –  ever said something like ‘just let me put my face on’ or had that feeling that you’re just not yourself without your slap? Make up often leads to feelings of inadequacy when we finally come into contact with our fresh-out-of-the-shower faces, and that just HAS to be wrong. Fall in love with you, not your contour.

You’ll get extra time in bed – need I say more?  Skipping your make-up routine leaves time for all sorts of fabulous things. Not least, catching a few more Zs in the morning.

You can free up some cash – seriously, think of all the money you currently spend on your daily dress up…and then think of all the things you could do, see or create with that money. Still want to waste it all on an alter ego?

You'll still be beautiful - often we worry that if we don't conform, or compete with, the idealized version of women we’re waving goodbye to beauty - but beauty, as we know, is more than skin deep. And far more than a layer or two of foundation and some powder! Beauty is everything you are and everything you do - and you can be just a beautiful without the mask, as you think you are from under it. 

Make-up isn’t all bad, it can give us confidence when we need it and is a great way to express your artistic talents and personal flair – but don’t let it take over your life. If you can’t leave the house without it, work on that – and if you’re just about done with it, make the change!

A life without make-up is a liberating one – and should you choose to flirt with it for special occasions, you’ll feel even more like a fairy than usual.

What are your reasons or worries when going without? Let me know down below. 

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


  1. I tried so hard to quit makeup last summer, I absolutely hate how makeup doesn't last in the hot weather and how it feels like my face is melting so I packed it in. A year on and I'm back to where I started without the confidence to go makeup free :( how do you do it?

    Rebecca Claire,

  2. It's definitely all about the psychology - and it took me a long while to feel comfortable without it (and many, many months of the very unhelpful 'you look tired/warn out/absolutely horrendous comments - who the hell thinks those are okay??) but in the end I think it had a lot to do with just getting used to my 'new' face. I also upped my skin care routine slightly just so it's always as fresh as it can be, and a tan always helps if it's your skin tone/complexion that worries you!

    Give it another go - and try each day to find something you love about your real face. Once you've fallen in love with every feature, you'll never go back.

    (that sounded way more conceited that it meant to)

    Keep me posted! Hannah xx


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