5 things you’ll learn after a week without wearing make-up

5 things you’ll learn after a week without wearing make-up

For many women, facing the world without foundation, mascara and lipstick is unthinkable. But the benefits could far outweigh the downsides. Could YOU do it?

For many women, facing the world without foundation, mascara and lipstick is unthinkable. But the benefits could far outweigh the downsides. Could YOU do it?

Ah, make-up. It’s an integral part of the daily routine for so many of us, and we love the way it makes us feel polished and put together. After all, it has the power to do anything from turning a bad skin day into a dewily youthful complexion to disguising a sleepless night.

But isn’t there something liberating about the idea of going au naturel? Isn’t being comfortable in one’s own skin – and accepting and embracing the changes to that skin brought about by the passing years – the epitome of robust self-esteem?

Yes, it is hard to break the habit of a lifetime (and for those of us who started with a dab of lip-gloss and a whisper of mascara in our early teens, it’s a habit that goes to our very core). But consider, if you will, the benefits of going without and letting your beauty really shine through. Not sure you can do it? The following facts might convince you…

1. You’ll have more time

A recent survey of 2000 women found that, on average, we spend around 29 minutes a day putting on make-up to achieve a natural look. And that’s before doing our hair and choosing what to wear. Just think what you could do with that time. Take an energising walk? Call a friend or family member you’re missing? Get a massage? In other words, things that make you feel good inside in a way that no cosmetics can.

2. You’ll have more money

Beauty doesn’t come cheap! Research shows we each spend thousands of pounds every year on cosmetics, which is an eye-watering amount when you think about what you could do with that cash. Holidays, a new car, home improvements…

Try the following exercise for three months, and see how it changes your attitude towards those ‘must-have’ make-up buys: every time you’re tempted to splash out on the latest formulations, put the cash you’d have spent in a jar. At the end of the quarter, count it out and see how much you’ve saved. Then take your family out to dinner, invest in a gym membership or simply give it to charity.

3. Your skin will feel cleaner

We cleanse, tone and moisturise in a bid to keep our skin clean and healthy, but environmental experts estimate that in our daily endeavours to stay fresh and look good, we bombard our faces and bodies with an average of 168 different chemicals – sometimes before we’ve even left the house.

One way to dramatically reduce the number of chemicals you use is to go make-up free for a while. By using a smart product, such as Olay Regenerist 3 Point Treatment Cream, you’ll achieve the perfect foundation anyway – your own skin! For more on how to put your best face forward, see our feature on skincare tips with the biggest rewards.

4. You’ll feel more confident

The reality is there are times you’ll feel a little self-conscious without make-up – especially in the beginning – simply because you’re likely used to wearing it to feel ‘done’. But after a few hours of facing the world minus make-up, you’ll start to feel liberated on a deeper level. Coming to the realisation that you don’t need make-up to feel ready to take on anything your day has in store is incredibly empowering.

5. You’ll adopt a more natural look

No one’s saying you have to be make-up free forever. But when you revisit your make-up bag, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll start with the basics – and stick to the basics. Top make-up artists don’t advise that ‘less is more’ for nothing. Use foundation (or tinted moisturiser) just where you need it, groom your eyebrows, add a sweep of mascara and a bright lip and you’re done. Natural make-up, done beautifully.

How do you embrace the natural look? We’d love to hear your secrets. Comment below with your views.

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Rarely use it


I rarely wear makeup and never have done. I do moisturise though and have done since my early twenties. I'm now in my early fifties and colleagues think I'm forty. Whether that is due to not wearing very much make-up or me just being very very lucky I don't know!


Loubob2 11/04/2018

Just watched Carol Vorderman and the Superdrug video promoting make up for ladies of a certain age. Now looking at your article on make up free and how it is better for your skin. I will say that using make up when I was younger was fine, but as you get older you have to be careful, what worked then does not work now due to changes in skin pigmentation and of course the aging factor. Lots of moisturiser for me and minimal makeup when I attend social events.

No make up Not for me

hazeld15 29/03/2018

I never use foundation because I had acne when I was young which left tiny holes on my face and if i did use it, it would show up the holes even more so all I use now is eyeshadow,liner,mascara,eyebrow pencil and a bit of lippy. I couldn't go out without my make up on. Not because I'm vain, I just know I'm not pretty and having a bit of slap on makes me feel a bit better.

Dare to bare

Hockeymum1477 29/03/2018

I rarely wear makeup these days, and my skin feels and looks so much better for it. I still clean and moisturise with Olay Regenerist, my skin is plumped and smoother! Baring all makes “putting my face on” much more special too.

Going au natural

Glynis 29/03/2018

I'm now 64 and have never worn a lot of make up apart from the experimental stage in my teens! I cleanse and moisturise morning and night and have my eyebrows done every 6 weeks. A little eyeshadow and lippy for special occasions is about as much as I do and I can't remember the last time I used either foundation or powder!

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