Loving my bare face

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been one to wear lots and lots of makeup. That’s probably because when I was younger, my mum kept telling me I look better au natural, or maybe because she never wore too much and always told me makeup was meant to highlight your natural beauty, instead of covering it. But I know many girls out there are scared of the prospect of ever leaving the house without having covered their faces in makeup and don’t believe they look great without it. And this makes me sad. 

Today, I’m showing you my bare face, because I want you to embrace what your mamma gave you. I want you to learn to love your bare face, and rock it with confidence, because you are beautiful

no makeup girl

Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE makeup. I have so much for a person who rarely wears it, that it’s a shame really – it just sits in my Ikea Alex chest of drawers and waits for a special occasion. Any excuse to play with my collection is welcome with open arms. But I find said excuse rarely. Maybe it’s just because I’m too lazy.

I leave the house with little or no makeup almost every day. Today, for example, I’m wearing eyebrow pencil (Anastasia Brow Wiz – the best I’ve ever had!) and a bit of highlighter on my cheekbones because have you seen the sun?! I love me a bit of glow. But on most days, you’ll see me with nothing but my favourite Glossier Balm Dotcom on. Not that I don’t love a bit of Kylie’s 37-step ‘simple’ makeup routine, but even she shares fresh-faced snaps with all her beautiful freckles on show. A healthy balance is what I’m here for. I usually go for a super minimal / no makeup look on weekdays and then take my time for full on glam on weekends or for special occasions.

loving my bare face

A lot of people are surprised when I say I am not wearing makeup, and then go on to say that it’s because my skin is perfect. Well, no, it isn’t. Yes, I have a bit of colour, which helps, and am happy to not have had acne. But I do get breakouts, I have blackheads, I have a bit too much wine on the weekend and living in London isn’t exactly adding to my skin’s health. And yet, I choose to go to work with having put nothing more than an eyebrow pencil on. There are things I do that I contribute to my skin looking as it does. One of them, I believe, is indeed not wearing a ton of makeup every day. Here are my tips for your best skin ever. 

  • I double cleanse. It is essential – you want to get rid of all makeup, oil, pollution and sunscreen buildup every.single.night!!! before bed. Makeup wipes, or just splashing your face with water isn’t going to do the trick. Just think of washing the dishes – does the oil go off without washing up liquid? No. Neither does the sebum buildup on your face.
  • I give myself a mini facial on a Sunday. A gentle exfoliation, a face mask, a bit of face oil and most importantly – a little massage. Actually, I exfoliate more than once a week, maybe two to three times, depending on how I feel, and I try to give myself a mini face massage every day. You need to get that circulation going.
  • I drink A LOT of water. Like about four litres a day. So swap that daily can of coke with a couple of extra glasses of water and you’ll notice a change. 
  • I love my sleep and try to sleep for at least 8 hours a day. 10 on the weekend. This way I avoid dark circles and dull, sad skin. Also, it helps me not be a cranky b***h in the morning πŸ™‚ 
  • I have a routine that works for me and gives my skin what it needs. Check what ingredients work for you, know what your face needs, get rid of anything older than two years and please do not buy something just because there’s a hype around it. We all know what happened when Glossier Solution came out (a lot of people’s skin went mental because they bought it cause IT’S PRETTY & EVERYONE ELSE HAS IT?!?!) Yes, it might work for some, but it might not work for you. You have to go through trial and error until you find the perfect products for your skin, but maybe buying cosmetics just because they’re the talk of the moment isn’t the best idea.

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  • Chill. Don’t stress too much. Stress causes breakouts. Duh.
  • Try to go makeup free every now and then and switch your sunscreen (which you should be wearing daily!) to a non-greasy one – it will lead to less pore-blocking and therefore fewer breakouts.
  • Do not pick at your spots, especially if you haven’t washed your hands. Generally, just don’t touch your face if you haven’t washed your hands! I wrote about how to safely pop pimples over at the Pink Parcel blog, so if you have to do it, give it a read first.
  • Eat your 5-a-day. Seriously. Crisps and pizza, as much as they are the food of gods, will not give you good skin. Have courgettes for dinner.

Renée Rouleau said ‘Be good to your skin, you’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life’ and I feel like more people need to hear this. Just because it’s true. You don’t want to be 35 and look like you’re 55, do you? If you take care of your skin, I can guarantee it will pay you back with looking gorgeous.

loving my bare face

Now, don’t come after me when you see me with bright eyeshadow and six kilos of mascara on. As I said before, I love playing with makeup and experimenting with different looks, should there be an occasion or I’m just bored and have time on my hands. Makeup is art and I am one hundred per cent here for it. What I want to do here is show you that being makeup-free isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s actually quite liberating, like taking your bra off after a long day. Then again, if you like to keep your bra on and wear makeup every day and that makes you happy, that’s ok too. You do you boo! (*cringe*)

Are you willing to try and go completely makeup free for a whole week? If so, share your beautiful makeup-free faces on Instagram & Twitter with me using the hashtag #barefacedwithkristina. I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Kristina ❤



  1. thirdquarterlifestyle
    July 4, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    hahahaha “six kilos of mascara”! Great post. I love the overall message. And I am so happy that you pointed out how something work for some people but not everyone. It’s extremely important for people to understand that. I mean, when it comes to everything!

    • Kristina
      July 4, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Aw thank you. And yes, I believe it’s so important to talk about the fact that we need to pick what works for us, instead of just following trends! x

  2. Life After Coffee
    July 10, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Yaaaas you go girl! This is such a lovely and inspiring post, and definitely one that’s going to help me save money on makeup!

    Sending you good vibes!

    Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com | @NAfterCoffee

    • Kristina
      July 11, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Aw thanks so much! Get involved in my little challenge, I would love to see your pretty face au natural πŸ™‚ xxx

  3. Emily Catherine Muir
    July 15, 2018 / 9:09 am

    This is such a lovely post! I love that you went through your skincare tips – so much useful advice. ☺️

    • Kristina
      July 17, 2018 / 8:38 am

      Thanks lovely! I hope it’s helpful x

    • Kristina
      July 26, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Aw thanks so much πŸ™‚ x

  4. July 26, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I really like this posts and your thoughts/ lifestyle choice on make-up. I tend to favour more natural looks (although I do appreciate makeup too) and it’s quite refreshing to hear that someone else likes the natural look too – and it looks great on you. Additionally, I’m impressed with how well you try and take care of your skin! I can definitely learn a thing or two from you

    • Kristina
      July 26, 2018 / 9:47 am

      Aw thanks, Malou! I do love makeup too, but I only wear it on special occasions πŸ™‚ It makes it more fun too hehe x

      • July 26, 2018 / 9:51 am

        It does, doesn’t it? Like I always thought if I was to wear eyeliner every day no one would notice it anymore because it becomes normal, while if you only do it every now and then it stays special haha

        • Kristina
          July 26, 2018 / 10:19 am

          I totally agree! x

  5. lifewithmelly
    July 26, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Wonderful post. My skin is only now at 27 years looking it’s best, I still get problem days but I know that’s down to stress, lack of sleep and not drinking enough water. I’ve never found a skin routine I’ve stuck to so I mam need to kick my butt on that!

    • Kristina
      July 26, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Ah, drinking enough water and sleeping well is so important! I love water, which makes things easier, but I also love doing my skincare routine! You need to find the products you love and then you’ll enjoy doing it! Also, having problem days is so normal, you shouldn’t worry because we all do (I’m sure even Kim K has bad days haha)! x

  6. July 26, 2018 / 11:18 am

    What a lovely post! I’m too lazy to wear makeup all the time so I do my thing bare faced even though I’m not 100% confident with my acne prone skin. You look beautiful by the way πŸ™‚

    • Kristina
      July 26, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Aw thanks so much! If you nail the skincare routine it might help with the confidence πŸ™‚ x

  7. July 26, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Awesome post and I love the tips you provided.
    I don’t wear makeup (I only wear it on a super special occasion) mainly because I’m too lazy to do it and I actually don’t know how to do it properly, so yeah XD

    • Kristina
      July 26, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Hehe these are very valid reasons to go barefaced! πŸ™‚ x

  8. tammyssnyder
    July 26, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Nice post. Your mom was right, you’re beautiful without it! πŸ™‚

    • Kristina
      July 26, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Aw, thanks so much xxx

  9. July 29, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I usually don’t wear makeup either. Mascara and eyeliner usually only when I do.
    Thanks for a great post!

  10. July 29, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I was obsessed with make up before but last year my skin break out and it was the worst I experienced mainly because I moved to another country. The change of environment and weather was the culprit and I started working so that means β€œstress”. But right now I am in love with skincare especially Korean skincare. I noticed that my skin changed a lot. Hopefully I can share my acne story soon. Wonderful post girl! πŸ’•

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