Would you go without makeup for even a day?

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    Amie Warrenposted 13 years ago

    I used to think I wouldn't do it, but now I do it a lot. I used to get up every morning, have a cup of coffee, shower and do my hair and makeup. I was always dressed, never slouched around in sweats unless I was sick.

    When I first was left with nothing, no job, the first thing to go was the makeup. When I looked at what was essential, it just wasn't. I pared down to a good face powder, blush, lipstick and mascara. Now I regularly go out sans makeup and don't feel self-conscious at all. A lot of people who see me tell me I look healthy...well duh! You can actually see my skin!

    I would have never thought I could live without being made up and dressed to the nines, but I'm so much happier now not being obsessed with my looks.

    1. TamCor profile image81
      TamCorposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It's so funny that what you've pared down to is more than I have ever worn all of my life, haha! big_smile

      I never could stand lipstick or powder--it felt suffocating to me, lol...I know--I'm weird...lol

      Now I have to hunt down mascara if I need it for a special occasion, otherwise I never put anything on my face but soap and water--and it's SO nice, lol.  big_smile

    2. Mikeydoes profile image43
      Mikeydoesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Girls without make up are a much bigger turn on, to me at least. I never liked make up and actually a lot of the time make up makes me throw up a little in my mouth! Keep it up and I hope more girls get the memo.

    3. prettydarkhorse profile image62
      prettydarkhorseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think you can look beautiful without make up..
      but if it makes you more confident, should be good. 

      I don't wear make up, but sometimes I like to learn how to do it too.

    4. JosiePosie76 profile image61
      JosiePosie76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I get up at 5 a.m. every day....  Then I take the kiddo to band practice....  Off to work after that...  Then pick kiddo up from school...then to football practice he goes....  Then supper...and some days it's band..and football...  I go without makeup ALL the time.....lol  Just not enough time in a day....  Ya know...  smile

    5. Bredavies profile image61
      Bredaviesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I hardly ever wear make up! Until now..I am breaking out and I need to hide these pimples. sad

    6. jillfil0 profile image60
      jillfil0posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Makeup only enhances beauty!

    7. DjBryle profile image67
      DjBryleposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I always do! I only put on make up during special occasions. It helps my skin breath freely. All that I use regularly are soap, water and a moisturizer...  and a dab of loose baby powder when my skin feels oily. smile

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    EmpressFelicityposted 13 years ago

    The only makeup I ever wear is blusher and highlighter, so it wouldn't make a vast difference if I went without.

    I have tried wearing full-on warpaint in the past but it made me look like a drag queen on day release from the local mental health facility.  Some women just don't suit makeup, and I'm one of them.

  3. Joy56 profile image66
    Joy56posted 13 years ago

    yes makeup takes second or even third place in my life now.....

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    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    i like to get into the wife's stash now and again. I play dress up. wink i can never get those thongs on right tho'. hehe

    1. Denise Handlon profile image87
      Denise Handlonposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  5. frogdropping profile image77
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    @ ralwus ... lols big_smile

    As for me - yes. Often. You can't improve on the being green smile

    1. MPG Narratives profile image61
      MPG Narrativesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      lols to ralwus and frogdropping. big_smile

  6. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    No....I needs my make up

  7. schoolgirlforreal profile image76
    schoolgirlforrealposted 13 years ago

    I never wear makeup, unless I'm going to something fancy
    sometimes If I'm in the mood, I wear some:
    mascara, eye shadow (eye liner sometimes) lip gloss, and a bit of foundation.

  8. Bail Up ! profile image59
    Bail Up !posted 13 years ago

    My first recollection of wearing makeup was when an Avon lady came knocking on my door years ago to offer a free makeup consultation. When I looked in the mirror I looked like raggedy ann. From then on the bare minimal for the ocassion as far as I'm concerned. Practically Nude on a daily basis.

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    klarawieckposted 13 years ago

    I'm not a big fan of makeup. I only wear a little bit in the morning because my face looks like crap when I'm half asleep.

  10. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 13 years ago

    I wore a bit of makeup daily when was in high school (mostly eyeliner, after all it was the New Wave years...) but once I went to college and majored in costuming, I stopped.  Learning just what went into cosmetics and learning how badly they thrash your skin turned me off to it.  Of course, when I chose to "dress up" I have the ability to do as subtle or elaborate a makeup job as I wish, and at a near-professional caliber too.

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    Wendi Mposted 13 years ago

    I began wearing makeup at 13 years old...Ironically that was the same year I began drinking alcoholically.  It seems all my insecurities surfaced at the same time.

    I spent 30 years drinking while perfectly coiffed.

    I quit drinking 4 years ago, and (again) ironically, that is when I stopped wearing makeup...I have never felt better or prettier, and my self-esteem is completely intact.

    LOL, I am sitting here typing this post and reading it to my husband at the same time.  Without a beat he says "Wearing makeup makes you drink!"

  12. IdiditAlready profile image60
    IdiditAlreadyposted 13 years ago

    My wife rarely wears make up except when we go out.  She's gorgeous. 

    I like the natural look except when we go out.  A little eye liner, lipstick and (under eye stuff) just adds the BLING to the night.


  13. Lifeallstar1 profile image61
    Lifeallstar1posted 13 years ago

    I go without make up most of the time. Its ok if I'm going out to a club or something but even then I might where a little eye make up. I'm more obsessed with my hair. Love playing around with it!

  14. lakeerieartists profile image62
    lakeerieartistsposted 13 years ago

    I almost never wear makeup anymore.  I don't really see the difference that much.  Occasionally for a very fancy night, then only a little bit.  smile

  15. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Doesn't anybody on here like make-up?   :mad"   lol

    I've been wearing make-up since I was 16.  About what Amie said she'd pared down to (so it isn't "drag queen" kind of make-up, by any means).  I honestly think that wearing a light foundation with a suncreen helped fight of sun damage. 

    If I'm home I don't wear make-up (unless someone is coming, in which case I may put on a little lipstick or maybe just a little blush (that type of thing) - or else, not.  It depends on who's coming.

    When I go out I always wear it.  Back when I first got divorced and had my life messed up because of it, my thing was that I wasn't going to let it take away that "basic person" I've always been (which is someone who has always worn some make-up and never "dressed like a slob".  I don't walk around in "office clothes" or anything like that, but I have wanted to "hang onto" the "me" that didn't want to end up wearing no make-up, slugging around in sweats (or whatever my version of "sweats" would be), etc.  I'll be honest.  When I was in the midst of the divorce (and the anger directed at me because of it), there were people who probably wished I (as a person) would "disappear".  There were people who wanted to see me destroyed.  (Not many, but there were a couple.)  There was a person or two who would have liked nothing better than for me to be like them (no make-up, no work, sloppy clothes, etc. etc.).  My thing was I wasn't about to let those people see me  turn into what would have made them happy.  (Why did these couple of people want the me I was "destroyed"?  Either because they wanted me to pay for leaving a marriage they thought I should leave, or because they had always been just a little on the envious side and kind of delighted on seeing me lose what I had.)  So, 19 years later, I'm still me, wearing my same make-up, trying to look my nicest, having nice nails, wearing a nice scent, the whole bit.   On those times when money was an issue (I've never spent big money on make-up anyway, but I didn't buy cheapie brands either), I just started using the cheapie brands.  If you're careful they can be fine.

    Some people can get away without wearing make-up.  I'm fair skinned, blue-eyed, and pale.  I need that little bit of color to make me look more lively.

    1. Lifeallstar1 profile image61
      Lifeallstar1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Lisa, I'm sure you're beautiful inside and out! I think it boils down to what we grew up with. Even though I have never been that much into make up, I'm always picking out what I'm going to wear, I spend time doing my hair, my nails, and I wear perfume(or scents) not all the time but most. I definitely like to look nice. I think that is what make up is for some people, as well. I see girls my age wearing less than my relatives did growing up. I see pictures of them and I'm surprised how much make up they had on to go to school. It was like the amount I had to wear when I was doing competitive cheerleading! My relatives said (the women) that make up was just part of getting ready. They still wear it but they don't wear as much as they used to. I wear creams with sun screen but just not foundation. My mother says she grew up wearing foundation every day starting in her teen years and for me not to until I really need to...whatever that means..LOL. I wonder if it's just something that when you have done it for a while you feel naked without it and that is why it feels awkward not wearing it for some people. I think whatever makes one feel good they should do. :-)

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        Amie Warrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Seriously, southern women wear more makeup than northern women. Don't have a clue why, because it literally melts off our faces in the summer. I used to have to carry a HUGE purse just to get my makeup kit in it. I would redo my makeup a couple of times a day just to look "fresh". 

        I really look better WITH makeup. My eyelashes are blonde, and my eyes literally sink back into my head with no mascara or liner, but I don't care anymore.  I heard that my ex told one of my old friends that I had really "gone downhill", and he told him that he thought I looked radiant and very beautiful.

  16. PegCole17 profile image93
    PegCole17posted 13 years ago

    In the late 70s I was selected to be a hair model for a salon where I worked. There was a fashion show and certain stylists lined us up and made us up quite thoroughly. When I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe what I looked like. Yikes! Couldn't wait to wash it off. Clowns would have been envious.

    I still apply sunscreen daily and foundation for certain occasions but it is so much nicer to feel clean and natural. Besides I save about an hour of prep time from my daily schedule.

    1. Lisa HW profile image63
      Lisa HWposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Lifeallstart, thanks,you may have a point about people getting used to wearing make-up.  I feel horrible without.  My face doesn't like the air hitting it.  lol  I think, though, it has to do with a person's coloring.  My daughter is pale, pale, white-skinned; but she has dark brown eyes.  She looks great without make-up.  I, on the other hand, am the one who gave my daughter's the Irish-person complexion; and my light eyes just disappear.  Make-up can make my eyes look decent.  No-make-up makes them invisible.  I just like "decent' better.   smile  I just feel more awake with a little make-up on.

      Amie, I think you may have a point,  I live in the North, and there are very few days each year when make-up "falls off" because of the heat and humidity.

      Of course, I was raised hearing this from my mother:  "Oh, sure.  Men are attracted to you when you dress nicely and have make-up on, and then once you get married they start to say, 'Do you have to wear that?'.  So,  little by little you stop wearing nail polish and stop wearing make-up, and then, next thing you know, they go out and find a woman who wears make-up and dresses up."  (To the best of my knowledge, my father didn't have time for that; but I know my mother resented being made to feel like he didn't think a little make-up was attractive, because she said it made her feel nicer to wear it.)  I don't blame her either.  In pictures of her when she was single and working she looked like she could be in those forties classic movies.  I've often wondered if one reason men don't like their girlfriends and wives to wear a little make-up is that thing about not wanting other men looking at them.   mad  (My mother said my father would say, "It doesn't look right on a mother."   mad       lol  Maybe my mother brainwashed me.   lol  )

  17. kerryg profile image84
    kerrygposted 13 years ago

    My mom never wears makeup, so I never really learned how to apply it, and never really feel the need for it either. I think it's fun to play with, but I only wear it a few times a year. (And at least one of those is Halloween!) I'm sure somebody like relache with professional skills could do something nice, but my random experimentation has never really found a combination of makeup that looks better on my face than my real face does. tongue

  18. Diane Inside profile image72
    Diane Insideposted 13 years ago

    Make-up wouldn't help me. So why bother.

  19. Mighty Mom profile image76
    Mighty Momposted 13 years ago

    I refuse to go out in public without at least mascara and lipstick. And of course my MM cape big_smile.
    Except when camping -- the one time I blissfully go au naturelle.

  20. Scribenet profile image62
    Scribenetposted 13 years ago

    I buy makeup and different colours of lipstick and then hardly ever wear any of them, except the natural ones...lol

  21. bottle profile image56
    bottleposted 13 years ago

    I prefer to makeup myself cuz i will be more confident after making up. so i am very happy  to going out .

  22. Sunny Robinson profile image72
    Sunny Robinsonposted 13 years ago

    I actually go without make up everyday.  Every now and then, I will throw on an eyeliner, some eyeshadow, and chapstick.  I think it gives a certain tone to the day.  Wearing make up means I'm expecting company, want to go out, or getting ready to go all professional for a meeting or a job.  And even then, it is bare minimal.

    I agree with relache; even while I have no professionalism in cosmetics, I fully believe make up does more harm than good to people's skin.

  23. blondepoet profile image67
    blondepoetposted 13 years ago

    Got to whack it on it is a habit feel naked without it


    1. jillfil0 profile image60
      jillfil0posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You could have at least used the one where she shaved her head!  LOL!

  24. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    There have been a couple of real emotional times in my life where wearing make-up seemed like a big hassle if all I was going to do was cry it right back off.  So, during those times, I often went without and it became a habit.  I realized I had gotten into a rut and longed to feel prettier again.  I'm back to wearing a foundation and a bit of eyeliner.  I might spruce that up with some Burt's Bees colored lip balm.  I've never been a mascara person.

  25. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    I never wear any make up anymore.  I feel ridiculous in it now.  The other day I went to an event and put on some lipstick - on the way I wiped it all off!  Just can't wear makeup now.

  26. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    you'd look silly anyway with that finger up there like that. hehe

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I just do that for special picture-taking occasions.  really.

      I'm a natural beauty - also have natural curly hair - I don't need any improving with makeup!  But I can see why a lot of the other hubbers here (men and women) could use a bit more makeup.  Just to make themselves less scary!  No, I take that back, we should all just be ourselves, and accept each other, no matter how scary it gets!

      1. blondepoet profile image67
        blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        What a women you are.....
        What self esteem....
        I love to hear a woman talk like this......proud, bold, strong.
        Love ya Megs xoxox.
        P.s All women take note don't underestimate your beauty. Go girls.

  27. Jeff Berndt profile image73
    Jeff Berndtposted 13 years ago

    I go without makeup all the time.


    1. blondepoet profile image67
      blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      And it suits you wonderfully.

  28. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    No, I need to have my make up damn it!

  29. Fashion Lover profile image60
    Fashion Loverposted 13 years ago

    I didn't wear makeup until I went to college but I only put on some foundation and blush.  That's about it. I didn't even wear mascara! To this day, I have never worn an eyeliner or an eye shadow. I just don't feel comfortable with the thought of putting them on becuase it would be "too much". Yet, I see almost every girl out there wearing them and they look amazing! So I'm trying to be brave and experiement with make up more :-)

    1. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      some girls don't need it. and if that's you on the link you provided in your profile, you are one of them. gorgeous. I enjoyed looking at your blog.
      welcome to HP. smile

      1. Fashion Lover profile image60
        Fashion Loverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much! This is my first time being on hubpages and I'm loving it! :-)

  30. sofs profile image79
    sofsposted 13 years ago

    Other than some lipstick I hardly wear any makeup..I have not seriously looked into the mirror for some time... used to be so high on make up when I was in my teens.. I wonder what happened.. just grew out of it I guess!  sad

  31. schoolgirlforreal profile image76
    schoolgirlforrealposted 13 years ago

    f*** makeup!
    (sorry that's the George Carlin in me talking!)


  32. ponx profile image81
    ponxposted 13 years ago

    Yes I would certainly!I don't like make up.

    2 reasons:

    1. Natural beauty with smart outfits looks more sober.
    2. Make up spoils your skin.

  33. Denise Handlon profile image87
    Denise Handlonposted 13 years ago

    I don't wear make up.  If I do get 'made up' I'll put some mascara and lipstick on.  Out here in the boonies there aren't too many opportunities to get dressed up.  But, I prefer no makeup.


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