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Take a Day Off From Makeup For Better Self-Esteem

Try This Tip For Better Self-Esteem

Want to feel better about your looks? If you usually wear makeup, take a day off. It might sound counterintuitive, but it's a good way to get more comfortable with yourself.

I go completely "naked" at least once a week, and I got the idea from a friend who has a large port wine stain on her face. She spent years feeling self-conscious about it, covering it with heavy concealer, but now she sometimes lets it show. "It doesn't change who I am," she says. If anything, it makes her more comfortable with herself, because she's not hiding a thing. (She met her husband on one of these makeup-free days, by the way.)

It's a good exercise in self-acceptance, and women who feel confident no matter how they look are powerful. Plus, you might find that other people don't notice your "flaws" nearly as much as you'd think. If you're the kind of woman who always needs to be done-up, try going natural for just one day. You might be surprised by what you learn about yourself.

Source: Flickr user MrB-MMX

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koreansugar koreansugar 7 years
lately i've been wearing a full face because i felt like i needed it. one day for some odd reason, i decided to not wear makeup and go out. but the guy at the pizza register smiled at me and gave me two extra slices of pizza! maybe it ain't so bad not wearing makeup afterall.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Oh, I love the update, TammyO! Glad it was a good experiment for you. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm like you, Pistil. I wear a little makeup on most days (mostly to cover undereye circles and make me look less tired) but I don't feel horrified without it. I think this is why I like makeup -- it's optional, and therefore it's fun. I never wanted to become a woman who can't be seen without makeup. 'Cause you get one face, and you might as well love it no matter what it looks like.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Well the day has ended and I felt wonderful makeup free! I even got honked at by some random dude all while pushing a stroller no less! To be fair I was wearing a cute dress and he might have been some strangler/perv, but oh well. It's been so hot and humid out these past few days that I might just go without makeup tomorrow to avoid that drippy, clogged face feeling.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
i love this! great reminder :]
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I didn't wear any make-up when I was younger, and I think I actually felt better about myself back then. I probably could have used some make-up, but I believed I was perfectly acceptable without. Then I started piling it on. It felt like a deceptive beauty so I always needed it. I still opt for some make-up, but it does feel good to be able to leave the house without a mask on.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Back atcha, Charblit. :) TammyO, let me know how it goes! I think vulnerability is a good thing. It's through being vulnerable that we build strength. FWIW: I went "naked" yesterday, and have returned to some concealer and mascara today. I definitely appreciate those things for making me look a little more awake, but it's nice to feel OK without them, too.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Well was about to put on my makeup, just bronzer and powder for the day, and I've decided to just go "naked" after reading this...lets see what kind of day I have! I feel so shiny and vulnerable now! :D
Charblit Charblit 7 years
Bella, I heart you.
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