Bare Faced or Not

Well, I don't have anymore makeup products to recommend.  I am using up lots of samples of things that are simply whatever like face setting powder, bronzer, and mascara.  I occasionally use e.l.f. eyeshadow primer which I'm not sure is effective.  I do switch up my makeup, but because I never wear much, the pictures I take look very much the same.  Is this the end of Makeup Monday?  I don't know.  You mind if we just talk about makeup instead?
I am wearing makeup in this post.  Can you tell?

I know some women who will not leave the house until they have their full face on.  That is fine by me.  It's their life.  They can do whatever makes them feel the most confident and comfortable.  But when an ad's copy asks "Do you dare to go bare?" to sell nude eyeshadow palettes, I wonder can or do you go around bare faced?  Is it even an option?

Of course you should be able to, since there is no rule that says that all women MUST wear makeup when out in public, but then I remember a high school experiment when one of the teachers did not allow girls to wear makeup for a day.  Girls apologized for their appearance or dashed from class to class for fear of being seen.  I know one girl didn't show up to school at all that day.  But at that point, I'm not sure if they are using makeup as a tool or if they are enslaved by it.

Personally, I only began to enjoy makeup when it stopped being a mandatory step of my morning routine.  When I give my skin a break, then the days that I do wear makeup become welcome opportunities for me to try a different look and play with my options.  I realize that makeup is a different thing for everyone.  For me, it is a toy.  Something that doesn't have rules and is fun to experiment with.  For others it may be something you employ out of social obligation, like wearing a bra.  So, what is makeup for you?


  1. That's such a cute picture of you!! I can tell you're wearing makeup, but it's not really that obvious. It's like a "no-makeup" makeup kinda look.

    I completely agree about makeup feeling like more of an obligation for a lot of people. It's so silly that it should be like that, but with all of the airbrushing done to women in magazines and the way people tear down female celebrities when they leave the house without makeup, it's no wonder.

    Luckily, I've never really felt like I "had" to, the way I feel like I have to wear a bra, y'know? I'm definitely with you on it being more of a toy. It's much more enjoyable when it's something you do because you genuinely like it, not because you feel pressured by society.

    xx Alyssa — fragments of memories

  2. i've changed a lot when it comes to makeup, i used to not like leaving the house without it and now i'm perfectly fine going out barefaced. i guess everyone comes to terms with it at their own time :)

    danielle | avec danielle

  3. You are SO cute! I usually just leave the house with a bit of foundation if I feel like my skin is acting up and a little bit of mascara. That's all I really have time for nowadays and I'm all about the no-fuss!

    be the plebeian

  4. It's interesting your school did an experiment like that! You're right - everyone uses makeup for different reasons. I think of makeup as a toy as well, but also sometimes for confidence (curse those pesky breakouts!) ❤

  5. I wasn't in the class so I have no idea why they did. Oh yes, I am definitely a fan of concealer.

  6. I don't wear make up at all. I do enjoy using nailpolish every once in a while, but other than that I stopped using makeup when I was about 17. I don't want to sound weird, but I like my face the way it is. I do enjoy looking at other people using it, though. It's wonderful what make up can do to a face and I am happy we have the opportunitiy to choose what we want to look like. I choose to look the way nature has built me. That being said, when something really big happens (a funeral, a wedding) I put on some mascara and eyeliner. Which is once a year or so. My sister will apply it, though, because I have no idea how to do it myself, hahaha. xD

  7. It's great that in spite of society's pressures, people can still choose how they want to present themselves isn't it? I am terrible with nail polish, even though I actually enjoy painting. hehe It's nice to have a sister isn't it?