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No Makeup Week

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For readers who've been following me, I can now say it is with some relief that I've come to the end of my no-makeup week. Last week I challenged myself to go without wearing any makeup - no powder, no mascara, no concealer - for an entire week. While I normally don't wear much makeup, it was definitely tough knowing that I couldn't wear any at all!

It was especially difficult not wearing any makeup this past week because my face began breaking out quite a bit (from stress, possibly), and I started to feel self-conscious about it. However, after spending from Friday until Sunday on a small island in the Adirondacks (upstate New York, for those who don't know) where I didn't have a chance to look in a mirror, wash my hair, or worry about how I really looked much at all, I realized: I still felt fine and had fun despite my bare face!

I'm proud of myself for going a week without wearing makeup. I'm glad that I was able to set a goal for myself and complete it. It's a great feeling, you know? So here are my final thoughts:

  • I don't think that wearing makeup is an awful thing. Certainly, it's nice to let your skin "breathe" every once in a while, but as long as you're cleansing properly and moisturizing your skin, go ahead. You should be doing what makes you happy.
  • In that vein - I really do believe doing what makes you happy can really make you look livelier and a lot more radiant. I've also begun to value how much a smile can brighten up a face!
  • Lastly - be yourself. If you're going to wear makeup, I think that it should be used to accentuate who you are. It shouldn't hide who you are.

Will I start wearing makeup every day? No, I don't think so. I think that wearing makeup is a very personal thing. Everyone has their own reasons for wearing it or not wearing it, and I think everyone should be respectful of that. I'm only offering my own opinions here - but I'd love to hear some of yours!