Beginning in middle school, breakouts were the bane of my existence, and developing a longterm acquaintance with them was a hard a pill to swallow. Especially after having that baby-soft skin that comes with adolescence, pimples felt like some sort of harsh hazing into preteen reality. As a result, foundation became my best friend; it was my only remedy for hiding my breakouts, and it worked well. The only problem was that regular foundation use snowballed into the need to wear more makeup products. I can't wear just foundation, I reasoned to myself. As a result, each day I would also swipe on blush, mascara, and eye shadow to balance out the cake-y look of my new liquid skin. To hell with the fact that I was only in the seventh grade. I had needs (or so I thought).
That's my reasoning for wearing makeup on a daily basis, but what interests me (and many other makeup-loving aficionados, I presume) are those who consciously choose to not wear makeup. In all honesty, I'm envious of those who can emerge from their homes barefaced without a care, when for me, makeup serves as a security blanket—a crutch, even. The idea of not wearing it makes me feel anxious and vulnerable. But perhaps hearing the stories of those who'd rather bypass the foundation, concealer, and the like will equip me with a new set of confidence, so I asked several women who skip makeup in the morning why they choose to do so. Their answers were totally refreshing and eye-opening—read them below.
"I enjoy the feeling of having the same look when I wash up at the end of the day as I did when I woke up that morning." — Enki, 22
"I've come to love my natural look instead of hiding behind makeup." — Caroline, 24
"I feel better not fussing over a makeup routine—I just try to cleanse my skin well, moisturize, and hope for the best." — Chelsea, 25
"I've read that putting a lot [of makeup] on clogs your pores and causes pimples, and that's the last thing I need more of." — Morgan, 25
"When I take the time to apply makeup, I don't feel like it shows up enough to be worth wearing it. Maybe I'm not applying it correctly, but I'm fine being without it." — Elaine, 57
"I wear less makeup because of my freckles. If I covered them up, I wouldn't be or feel the same." — Jane, 30
"I've personally always hated the feeling of makeup on my skin." — Katy, 31
"I want to give my skin a break and let it breathe." — Rian, 29
"I don't like to wear makeup because I actually really like the condition of my skin and the way it looks without using foundation." — Marcia, 56
"I never got a good makeup lesson or had anyone recommend products to me. I'm a creature of habit, so I've just stuck to my ways." — Andrea, 28
"After my skin cleared up from terrible acne, I haven't really worn [makeup] in ages." — Colette, 27
"I have super-sensitive skin, and lots of products irritate me." — Danielle, 32
"I just don't have time in the morning to apply a full face of makeup, but I'm confident without it, so it works." — Carrie, 62
"I don't really know how to apply makeup other than eyeliner and mascara." — Claudia, 26
"Not wearing makeup every day makes wearing and experimenting with makeup on a night out way more fun!" — Rebecca, 28
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.