The beauty editor of the women’s site womenhealth.com Rebecca Norris had to take up a major challenge: not to put on makeup for two weeks. This request came from her editor who asked her to take this test to write an article where she shares her feelings and how she lived the experience.
For Rebecca, not putting on makeup was a real challenge not only as a woman but also as a beauty specialist who has to display a flawless complexion every day in the office. Her daily life revolves around cosmetics, and she who is so used to trying a product as soon as it is launched on the market would have to say goodbye to mascaras, lipsticks, foundations, and blushes. Stopping at nothing, she went to the end of her no-makeup challenge and gives us the details of her experience here.
A story without artifice
Having started my challenge on a Saturday, the first two days were quite manageable because since I started working as a beauty editor I no longer wear makeup on weekends to let my skin breathe. On the other hand, Sunday evening I felt a feeling of anguish rising in me facing the day of the next day that I was going to have to face. A multitude of questions then began to flow.
Would I really be able to go to work without putting on makeup first? Will I be able to face the critical eyes of my colleagues? Would I be able to complete this challenge? I tried to cheer myself up somehow by trying to convince myself that this challenge was completely compatible with my feminist soul and that I should not let myself be influenced by the opinions of others.
The six effects of the challenge
- Not having to put on makeup in the morning allowed me to sleep thirty minutes more. Casually, this extra half hour of sleep every day allowed me to have a rested complexion and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
- It was so surprising to show up at the office without makeup that many colleagues asked me questions like: Are you sick? Have you broken up with your fiancé? Are you depressed Most people thought I was suffering from an illness because I have spots on my face and very light eyelashes which make me look pale? The first few days, I politely answered people without going into details, but after a while, I ended up explaining to them that I was on a mission.
- Once those around me got wind of the real reasons that pushed me to stop wearing makeup, I was called a courageous woman, which made me angry. Why the fact that a woman decides to show herself naturally and to assume herself as she is must necessarily mean that she is showing courage? I can’t stand the fact that we have to resort to certain tricks in order for us to be found beautiful and attractive!
- Fortunately, this challenge had certain advantages that allowed me to focus on the positives. Being used to being made up from morning to night, I had to be vigilant and be careful not to rub my eyes so as not to damage my mascara. So I have to admit that not putting on makeup gave me a feeling of freedom that allowed me to give it to my heart when part of my face was itching.
- In addition, this challenge allowed me to learn to take care of my skin, long neglected because of my obsession with makeup. In the course of my work, I receive many samples of care but I never dwell on them. It was therefore the opportune moment to remedy it and set up a special beauty ritual. I then discovered all the benefits of moisturizing creams and serums to have clear skin and a radiant complexion.
- As a beauty expert, I am a big fan of make-up which I have always considered as an infallible weapon to be to my advantage and to feel good about myself. It was without counting on this enriching experience that allowed me to accept myself and love myself as I am naturally. Even after the challenge was over, the days of spending 30 minutes in front of the mirror every morning were over. Now, when I put on makeup I have the impression that my face is congested or even weighed down. This challenge allowed me to discover the true nature of make-up: it covers your flaws but does not necessarily highlight your qualities.