Rebecca Norris, the beauty editor of the women’s website womenhealth.com, faced the challenge of not wearing make-up for two weeks. The request came from her editor, who asked her to take this test to write an article in which she shares her feelings and how she felt about the experience.
For Rebecca, not wearing makeup was a real challenge not only as a woman but also as a beauty specialist who must display a flawless complexion every day at 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, was going to have to say goodbye to mascaras, lipsticks, foundations, and blushes. Not backing down from anything, she went all the way to the end of her no-makeup challenge and here she gives us the details of her experience.
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 make-up on weekends to let my skin breathe. On the other hand, on Sunday evening I felt a feeling of anguish rising inside me about the next day that I would have to face. A multitude of questions then started to arise.
Would I really be able to go to work without putting on make-up first? Will I be able to face the critical looks of my colleagues? Will I be able to go through with this challenge? I tried to cheer myself up 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 other people’s opinions.
The six effects of the challenge
Not having to put makeup on in the morning allowed me to sleep an extra 30 minutes. Not surprisingly, the extra half hour of sleep per day helped me to have a rested complexion and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
I was so surprised to arrive at the office without make-up that many colleagues asked me questions such as: Are you sick? Have you broken up with your fiancé? Are you depressed? Most people thought I had an illness because I have spots on my face and very light eyelashes that make me look pale. For the first few days, I answered people politely without going into details, but after a while, I ended up explaining to them that I was on a mission.
Once my entourage got wind of the real reasons why I stopped using make-up, I was described as a courageous woman, which had a way of getting on my nerves. Why is it that the fact that a woman decides to be natural and to assume herself as she is must necessarily mean that she is courageous? I can’t stand the fact that we have to resort to certain artifices to be found beautiful and attractive!
But fortunately, this challenge had certain advantages that allowed me to focus on the positive points. Being used to being in make-up from morning to night, I had to be vigilant and careful not to rub my eyes so as not to damage my mascara. So I must admit that not wearing make-up gave me a feeling of freedom to be able to enjoy myself when I had an itchy part of my face.
Moreover, this challenge allowed me to learn how to take care of my skin, which had long been neglected because of my obsession with make-up. In the course of my work, I receive many skincare samples but I have never lingered over them. So it was the right time to do something about it and set up a special beauty ritual. I then discovered all the benefits of moisturizing creams and serums for clear skin and a radiant complexion.
As a beauty expert, I am a great fan of make-up, which I have always considered an infallible weapon to be at my advantage and feel good about my skin. It was an enriching experience that allowed me to accept and love myself as I naturally am. 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 make-up, I feel like my face is cluttered and even heavier. This challenge allowed me to discover the true nature of make-up: it covers your defects but does not necessarily highlight your qualities.