"Oh, no..but what if I run into someone?!" was all that was running through my head. Heavens forbid someone catches me with a make-up free face! As I walked through the shopping centre I had my head down and let my hair flow freely over my face. I probably looked ridiculous and had the latter effect of drawing more attention to myself! I quickly marched into the beauty salon and successfully avoided running into anyone I know.
It was whilst I was having my facial that I had an epiphany: why the hell does it matter if I wear make-up or not?
I started thinking it through and I realized that make-up had become something I was hiding under rather than using for enjoyment. It's not that I stopped enjoying it..but I had become so accustomed to wearing it that I felt I couldn't be seen without it. That whole notion is just ridiculous though - isn't it? The fact that I didn't want to be seen without it because I was worried that I wouldn't look up to scratch or at my usual standard.
So I decided: I need to wear make-up a little less.
Although I won't be giving up wearing make-up completely, this experience just showed me that perhaps I need to let myself go bare faced a little more. Rosie Huntington-Whitley was in a video with Lisa Eldridge and said something that stuck with me: "makeup should enhance, it shouldn't hide". So I think for now i'm going to go back to basics and go for a softer everyday look. Make-up free days are not only good for your skin but they're good for soul as it's important to realize it's okay to go au natural every now and then.
If you are someone who struggles to leave the house without a full face of make-up then perhaps this could be a good challenge for you as well? Let me know how you feel about this and if you have ever felt the same way!
, by Holly R