Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Dare to Bare - Love Yourself Without Makeup

We all get to a point in our lives where being perfect is a huge issue to overcome. 

Mine started when I was 11 when a girl pointed out in class that I always 'wore my hair the same' (She was a total bitch and meant it maliciously, welcome to school!) 

I didn't think anything was wrong with my slicked back ponytail, but I went home crying that day and came back the next morning with a full fringe...

With Alicia Keys daring to bare on the red carpet, she got me thinking about beauty.

Makeup is my life. Maybe it stemmed from the times where people would point out my insecurities, but I love how it makes me feel, and my idea of fun is spending the day painting my face like I'm the new Van Gough. (Both ears attached.)

But I also know and promise myself that I will no longer hide behind it. Makeup can make you feel beautiful, but you should feel so anyhow. I've found recently that trends in makeup looks make everyone look the same. Why are we comparing ourselves to others and so desperately trying to look similar in fear that our bare face is not enough?

Wearing no makeup just seems to be unacceptable now, 'No makeup makeup' tutorials are everywhere and us girls are made to feel ugly without it. 

Glow without

Now, I'm not telling you that you shouldn't wear lashes on a daily basis or wear bright red lippy on a Monday because whatever makes you confident is no one else's business. I love glam, sparkle, and extravagance, it makes me feel fabulous, and that's the real matter here. Confidence is key.

You should be wearing makeup for you, not to impress anyone else. If someone truly loves you as a person, they will find every one of your flaws beautiful. If they don't? ...fuck 'em, you're not supposed to be with them!

You are enough

I think every girl at one point has put on a face full of makeup just to take a selfie or when they've received a Snapchat from their crush. It's just one of those things. I'm guilty! You feel confident when you're at your prettiest, and enjoying compliments is not a crime. 

I won't go on a night out without wearing lashes; my eyes just don't feel complete. Some may say they can completely transform the way you look, but why on earth is that a bad thing? The whole reason we spend so much money on makeup is that we want to look different. It's the reason you want to look different that is important.

You want to look different to have fun, to switch up your look and play around a little. At the end of the day makeup is just face paint... or war paint for me!

Self-love is more than a cream blush

I guess what I'm trying to say is don't allow people to make you feel insecure. You have enough power to rise above it and love yourself just as you are. It's a horrible part of life when you're young and easily damaged, you're growing up not knowing exactly who you are yet and that's okay. 

Wear make-up because it makes you feel good, not because you're made to feel you have to! You're beautiful with and without makeup. I like myself best with my hair up in a bun and a sudocrem face mask.

Don't forget to love yourself a little bit more today.



  1. This is a wonderful post with a really important message. Weirdly I didn't start wearing a full face of make up till I was made to by the place I worked when I was 22. I hadn't felt the need before but that job made me feel so self conscious if I wasn't wearing foundation! It's taken a long time to get back to feeling comfortable without it and to stop using it as a comfort blanket. And my skin looks better for it when I go without!

    Beth x

  2. Such a great post, Shan! I love it! It's so true and so important for people to know that they are beautiful with and without makeup! I definitely started makeup to cover up because I didn't like my bare face. I would wear makeup EVERYDAY even for little things like going to the supermarket and absolutely always around the guys I liked. Now that I'm older I feel as though I love my bare face and I love makeup too. I wear it because it makes me feel good but I also feel good without it. I don;t wear it to impress people anymore or to please them. This was a great post, I really enjoyed! Well done!x


  3. Such a good post so relatable it so true I hid behind my make up for so long in my teens I remember when I wouldn't leave the house without foundation. It's so good when you stop caring what people think of you. Pixie xx www.pixieox.co

  4. I couldn't go to school without makeup on and a one point without straightening my hair. Now I'm bare faced pretty much all the time

    Tasha x


  5. Lots of good points here. I often think I'd love to wear less makeup and be more natural but I often get told I look ill! It's rubbish how society has made us so touchy about just being ourselves!

  6. Such a great post! I tend to not wear make up to work but if I'm going out somewhere else, I'm all for it. But I do it for me, not others so I have that part down.

    Lisa | fairlyrosy.com Xx

  7. I love myself without makeup. I't usually when I feel the most confident. Still, I love playing with makeup and how it makes me look also. But lately I've understood, that it's okay too to prefer yourself with makeup. If that's when you feel the most like yourself, it's okay too. <3

    x Charlotta