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!
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.
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 🙂
- 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.
- 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.
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!