Rebecca Norris, the beauty editor of the women's website womenshealthmag.com , faced a major challenge: do not wear make-up for two weeks. This request came from her editor-in-chief who asked her to take the test to write an article where she shared her feelings and how she had experienced the experience.
For Rebecca, not wearing makeup was a real challenge not only as a woman but also as a beauty specialist who needs to show a faultless facial every day at the office. Her daily life revolves around cosmetics, and she who is so used to trying a product as soon as it is launched on the market would have to say goodbye to mascaras, lipsticks, foundations and blush. Not moving back, she went to the end of her no makeup challenge and gives us here the details of her experience.
A story without artifice
Having started my challenge on a Saturday, the first two days were quite manageable because since I started working as a beauty writer I do not wear makeup on weekends to let my skin breathe. On Sunday night, however, I felt a sense of anxiety about the next day that I was going to have to face. A multitude of questions then began to fuse.
Would I really be able to go to work without first applying makeup? Will I be able to face the critical glances of my colleagues? Would I be able to go through with this challenge? I tried to raise my spirits as best I could by trying to convince myself that this challenge was entirely compatible with my feminist soul and that I should not let myself be influenced by the opinion of others.
The 6 effects of the challenge
The fact that I did not have to wear makeup in the morning allowed me to sleep another thirty minutes. Mine of nothing, this daily half-hour of extra sleep allowed me to have a rested complexion and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
The fact that I was present at the office without make-up was so surprising that many colleagues gave me questions like: Are you sick? Have you broken with your fiance? Are you depressed? The majority of people thought that I was suffering from an illness because I have stains on the face and lashes very clear that give me a pallid complexion. The first few days, I politely replied to the people without going into details but after a while I finally explained to them that I was on mission.
Once my entourage heard about the real reasons that made me no longer wear makeup, I was called courageous woman, which had the gift to irritate me. Why does the fact that a woman decides to show herself naturally and assume herself as she is must necessarily mean that she is courageous? I can not stand the fact that we must have recourse to certain artifices to make us look beautiful and seductive!
But fortunately, this challenge had certain advantages that allowed me to focus on the positives. Being used to being made up from morning to evening, I had to be vigilant and be careful not to rub my eyes so as not to damage my mascara. I must therefore admit that the fact of not putting on make-up aroused in me a feeling of freedom that allowed me to give it to my heart when a part of my face itched me.
In addition, this challenge allowed me to learn to take care of my skin, long neglected because of my obsession with makeup. In the course of my work, I receive many samples of care, but I never dwelt on it. It was therefore the right time to remedy it and set up a special beauty ritual. I then discovered all the benefits of moisturizing creams and serums to have a clean skin and a radiant complexion.
As a beauty expert, I am a great fan of makeup that I have always considered an infallible weapon to be to my advantage and feel good about myself. It was without counting on this enriching experience that allowed me to accept and love myself as I am in the natural. Even after the end of the challenge, the time I spent 30 minutes in front of the mirror every morning was over. Now, when I make up makeup I feel that my face is cluttered or even heavy. This challenge allowed me to discover the true nature of make-up: it covers your defects but does not necessarily put forward your qualities.