A bare faced post.

Makeup. It's a wonderful thing, and there are some truly wonderful things that can be done with it. It can transform anyone, from that ever-so-slightly dishevelled look when you first wake up, to looking flawless within minutes. It can hide our insecurities, both physical and emotional ones, that we may not be quite ready to share with the world just yet. 

It can fill a girl with confidence. Confidence that they wouldn't otherwise have, and can quite honestly enhance your life, and enable us to go and grab the world with both hands. It's amazing the power that a little lipstick can have.

I don't want to take away anything of this in this post, this is not what I want this post to be about. 

BUTTTTT (you knew that was coming, right?) I want to talk about not wearing makeup for a change.

You may have noticed that I don't really blog/tweet/instagram post much that is beauty related. Mostly because I'm pretty rubbish at it, and at nearly 21 years of age, had to ask Emma what primer actually does the other week. I know... 
My morning routine (on the days that there actually is one) consists of concealer, eyeliner and a little bit of lipstick. My skin may be lucky enough to get the odd moisturise every once in a while too. But that's it. 

I've never been one to really wear makeup. I was never one of those girls to wear it at school, and in fact, I think it took me until about 4th year to discover concealer and eyeliner. I didn't feel the need for it. I simply didn't see the point. And that hasn't changed too much.

There are a lot of days when I just don't or can't be bothered to wear the stuff. So I don't. I feel I'm lucky and I'm comfortable enough in my own skin to venture outside of the flat without it. I'll go shopping, see friends, and sometimes even go to work without any on if I'm having a particularly bad morning, and I've never thought anything of it. 

Until recently. 

A comment was made on one of these particular days. Someone was mortified that I'd even considered showing the world what actually, is me. This threw me. And, I'm not going to lie, made me extremely self-conscious for the rest of the day. 

But then I got home, thought about it and spoke to a few people after considering to never do it again,  and thought, why should I? Why should I wear makeup if I don't want to?

It's become the social 'norm' to wear makeup, with Instagram becoming ever more-so popular, and mobile apps like Afterlight and VSCO Cam enabling us to edit our faces on the go, I feel like there's even more pressure for us girls to look perfect and to resemble our edited selves, all the time.

But that's just not us. That's not who we are, and why should we hide all of our beautiful faces beneath layers of makeup, every day? I wish we could all just go out as fresh faced lovelies and not feel like we're going to be judged.

Here's the other thing that kinda bugs me; if a girl wears too much makeup, she's told how she doesn't need 'all that' and to tone it down. But don't wear any, and you're given tips on how you could look that little bit better.

Don't get me wrong, on the days I do wear makeup, I love it. I mention in most of my 'About Me's' that I have a slight obsession with red lipstick. And this is still true. I feel that makeup has become something that we are required to wear, not taking into account which version of ourselves we are happiest and most comfortable with.

How am I most happy and comfortable? It depends on the day. Put me in front of a client for the first time and I'm obviously going to reach for my makeup bag in the morning. But just going for coffee or spending all day in the office... maybe not so much.

Where do you guys fall on the makeup front? Do you wear a little? A lot? Every day, or none at all?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!



  1. On one hand, I love make up. I have thin skin under my eyes, leading to dark cycles even with the most sleep I could possibly have! I have freckles which join up and leave my pale skin looking somewhat dirty! And my skin gets oily through the day. So foundation, concealer and all matte make up are godsends to me!

    On the other hand, I'm not an early bird and so the idea of getting up another half an hour earlier on top of my getting ready, cuppa and commute time is not my idea of fun! I'd rather have that last 30 minutes in bed.

    As you say, make up makes me feel confident. I was ill before Christmas and when I went in with no make up - even when I felt better - it was assumed that I was still ill and there were comments to that effect. One of the days in the week, I put all my make up on and there were comments to how well I looked... It did make me feel that my make up free face makes me look permanently sickly. However, I know that if I started wearing make up every day for work, I wouldn't be doing it for me, I'd be doing it for the benefit and to suit the opinions of others.

    Sometimes, you just gotta do what makes you happy. Tomorrow, I'll likely be rocking my dark circle undereye, freckle faced look. :-)

    Michelle -x-

    1. Oh I know how you feel about freckles, mine just explode once the sun gets to my skin! I also feel you with the extra time in bed... after all, it's beauty sleep right? ;)

      Exactly, do what makes you happy, you go rock that look lovely! :) x

  2. YES! i am so not a face full of makeup sort of girl. i do wear it every day if i'm honest but i keep it low key because i'm just really lazy. i do feel a sort of obligation to wear it though which after reading this post makes me think is ridiculous but having been so used to seeing myself with foundation on, sometimes i think i wouldn't dream of not wearing it out...

    good for you, you look fab with and without and i'm inspired! x


    1. Haha thank you so much Leanne! At the end of the day, wear whatever makes you the most comfortable and the most confident. :) x

  3. This is one beautiful post! My sister and I were talking about this just yesterday, how it's literally expected of girls to wear make up these days, it shouldn't be like that. Everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin and learn to love every imperfection. Props to you for this :) x

    Cup Of Simee

    1. Thank you Simee! I completely agree - we should all be comfortable and perfectly happy with ourselves. Never mind what society expects :) x

  4. I'm glad you don't wear make up really, keep being you :) although i'll admit i've a thing for girls wearing red lipstick.

    May be a little tiny bit towards off topic, but I just wondered if you've ever thought what effect wearing make up has on the expectations of males?
    I mean imagine a world without makeup where we didn't know any different... interesting huh.

    Great post again Soph!


    1. I hadn't considered this perspective actually, but you're right, it's actually a really interesting thought. I'd love to see what the world would be like completely make up free :)

      Thanks Aaron :)

  5. Oh, I just love you, you cute little petal, you.

  6. You do not need to wear make up. The older I've got the less I wear. I just need a little to give my colour and an eyebrow pencil to cover a scar I have.
    Make up is not to cover up but to enhance beauty.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

    1. This is so true! I like this thought, a lot :)

  7. I don't wear make-up at all. I've worn lipstick like once or twice in the last year...that's the stretch of me and make up!

    I think people should do whatever they want - if they want to wear make-up, or go without, so be it!
    I know my skin is sorta bad in patches on my face but to be honest, I can't be bothered spending money on make-up. I would personally feel like a clown wearing it and am envious of all those folks that can rock it like no other!


    1. Amazing! Go you for being, well, you!

      People should definitely just do whatever they want. Doing what you want and not what everyone else expects makes us happy :)

      I'm sure you'd rock a make up look!

  8. I think you look absolutely fabulous both with and without makeup and it's a complete choice for everyone as to whether they want to wear it or not. For me personally I wear it because I absolutely love wearing it and love the whole process of applying etc. and also because I wouldn't feel very confident going out without it. You look amazing and this post was fab! :) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    1. Thank you so much Jessie - that's really lovely! Well, you look fabulous wearing it, and if that's what you love - carry on doing just that! :) xx

  9. I love makeup but on a daily basis my makeup is quite natural x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  10. Ah love the blog, so minimalistic! Just followed! xxx


  11. You look beautiful without makeup and you should never feel pressured by anyone else to wear makeup <3 I really enjoy wearing makeup and to some extent I do feel like I have to wear makeup but that's more confidence in myself, I can do no makeup but I feel better with makeup. Emma x
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  12. I love make up but make up used to be. I couldn't have a face to face conversation with anyone even my mum without it on. I wore it from a young age 13 and even trained in it at 17.

    Nowadays, 24, I can wear no make up in front of close friends and my boyfriend, OK I'm not exactly 100% confident with it but I am getting better. If anything, it just prompts me to look after my skin instead of covering it up....

    I wear foundation, concealer, eye liner, and mascara of a day. Red lippy and eye shadow if I'm going out. But I don't wear any kind of contour or that stuff that changes you entirely. I guess I recognise that I love my features but I like to enhance them.

    The older that I get, the better, more confident that I feel. My outdoor lifestyle has definitely made me less conscious about my appearance.

    We have become make up MAD and I always wander what would happen if we all got stuck on a dessert island .... I guess we'd have to work on our personalities a lot more. And that's my motto, to have an enhanced make up free personality because after all aesthetic beauty fades.

    P.S You look wonderful without it on - how is your skin that amazing?!