Do you dare to go naked?

Wake up, stretch, turn on the kettle to boil water for tea or prepping some coffee, use the bathroom, eat breakfast, get ready and get out of the door. A morning routine. And for most of us, applying make-up falls somewhere into that routine. It’s an almost thoughtless procedure. Just like you wouldn’t forget to brush your hair, I’m not here to offer any solutions or advice on the topic. Rather, I’m using Amanda’s invitation to threw around some questions for discussion and then sit back and curiously await your takes on the topic.

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The big question when talking about make-up is the why behind using it. Does it still have that playful appeal it used to when we were little and in awe of our mum’s rouge, lipstick and nail polish?  Do you still go out without make-up occasionally? This is where I see huge differences in people.  Some people don’t bother using make-up or spending money on it at all. Others – and I’ve experienced this first hand with a friend of mine – spend hours a day making sure their make-up is flawless and feel naked without it.

Just like many of us [unfortunately] feel uncomfortable in their bodies and standing in front of a mirror undressed, not wearing make-up potentially has a similar effect. The huge curiosity around and praise for celebrities showing their bare faces made me wonder, too.   Do they really encourage women [or men?] to go out ‘naked’, too, or in reverse effect make it seem more daunting?

The amount of make-up I wear on a daily basis is minimal but yes, I will admit I’m feeling a smidgen less confident without it. I’m naturally very pale and missing the rouge on my cheeks makes me rival Caspar more than Wendy [does anybody remember that movie??].

Rouge

I will admit I don’t see myself stopping to use make-up anytime soon. However, I will keep re-eavaluating how dependent I am on it. Once again, looking at children can teach us a lessson or two here.  Not only do they have Intuitive Eating down to a pat but have an admirable look at make-up in an easy-going and empowering way, too. It helps them turn into a courageous lion, a sparkly princess or whatever else they want to be for a day. For them, make-up is an enabling instrument, not part of their personality or something taking power of them.

Just like not everybody is allowed to see ourselves undressed, I think it’s okay to use some make-up when out and about with a crowd. But there should also be people we trust enough to show ourselves the way nature intended. People that see us ugly-cry, tears all over our faces and vulnerable. Don’t let make-up control you or take away any of your confidence. Confidence shouldn’t be applicable from the outside and easily wiped away with a cotton ball. True confidence comes from within.

 

Over to you: What are your thoughts and experiences on the topic?

 

Happiness-inducing today: Going on a long walk with a friend – walking and talking is the best combination.

 

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16 thoughts on “Do you dare to go naked?

  1. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says:

    I used to have a really hard time going without makeup, but the older I get, the more comfortable I feel in my skin and the more indifferent towards makeup I become. I still wear it on a daily basis, but that’s because I honestly love the stuff and have a lot of fun with it. I even thought about becoming a makeup artist for a while there just because I see it as another creative outlet 😀

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Another one of those things that [for most people] get easier with age – I assume that, too.
      Granted, I would like to play around with make-up some more but would need somebody helping me ;).

  2. Jessie @ Just Jessie says:

    I have a really hard time not wearing makeup. I have a lot of acne scarring/hyperpigmentation and still break out quite a bit. I’ve even worn makeup just to go to the gym “just in case”. My aunt died on Monday and I ended up spending the last two days without makeup on IN PUBLIC and I just didn’t care. Granted, I was thinking about other things, but it was nice to just be in my own skin, even if it’s not perfect.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      I’m sorry for you loss, Jessie, but it’s a wonderful silver lining focusing on your aunt allowed you to forget about any worries you have about your appearance. I hope you’re okay!

  3. Kate Bennett says:

    I wear make up about half the time. I have a young looking face, so I feel a little make up makes me look my age. I am not very good at doing the fancy stuff so I usually just stick the basics.
    I went for a year or so without wearing it all. I think it helped me focus less on me, which was good as the time. I do think I look prettier with it though, haha.

  4. Ellie says:

    I like wearing make up because it symbolizes that I am taking care of myself. Let me explain. When I do not wear make up it is not because I “feel pretty going naked” it is because I am too lazy to care about how I look. So, when I put make up on it is on of the ways I treat my body with respect. Great topic! 🙂

  5. masala girl says:

    since starting college, i’ve actually tarted *stopping* wearing make up. i find that its one of the things i dont find worthy of my time, as long as i am taking care of myself other ways. when i do, i wear just some eye make up. 🙂

  6. GiGi Eats Celebrities says:

    I cannot live without my EYELINER – but otherwise, no real make up for me. I am soooooo stupid when it comes to make up. I am sure I am even doing my eyeliner staple wrong too, bah ha ha! OH WELL. Giving ZERO Fs over here 😉

  7. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves says:

    Love this! I am pretty minimalist when it comes to makeup also (brows, eyeliner, mascara), but I don’t really feel comfortable going out without wearing at least those things. I used to never wear makeup in middle school, but ever since I started in high school, I’ve become slightly attached to it. For Lent last year, I made myself go out for several days without makeup, and it was liberating. It’s important to [literally] be comfortable in our own skin 🙂 After all, people who truly love us will love us exactly the same with or without makeup.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Your last sentence is SO spot on. Like you, I got attached to a certain minial base of make-up around 7th (?) grade and have been wearing it every day since. I like the idea of giving it up for some time to get more in touch with being in our own skin again. (:

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