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Actually hate make up

(62 Posts)
steadypace Sat 21-Jan-17 05:16:24

Hello, wondering if it's just me who hates wearing make up? I really dislike it, it's just something I feel I need to wear to look vaguely attractive. I don't wear a great deal, it is just something that I have become accustomed to. Has anyone given up makeup? If so, how long did it take you to get used to it?

SallyVating Sat 21-Jan-17 07:21:28

If you don't like it don't wear it. No one's putting a gun to your head 💋🔫

Some days I put it on. Some days I don't. No one cares. Really.

Petalbird Sat 21-Jan-17 07:26:25

Never have used make up except on very very rare nights out when I don't excape my DPs make up place in time. Though I am practically blind without my glasses so most make up just seems too hard a work

humanfemale Sat 21-Jan-17 08:04:21

I genuinely enjoy putting it on in the mornings. And having a nice skincare routine, too. If I didn't, there's no way I'd feel any obligation to wear it.

ScruffbagsRUs Sat 21-Jan-17 09:14:21

I hate wearing make up as well. I can't stand the claggy, sticky, clogged up feeling, that even professionally applied make-up, leaves me with. It's a horrible, very uncomfortable feeling.

So I probably wear it once every 3-4yrs. Not much point in me spending loads, if everything I've tried (cheap and very expensive) makes my acne flare up something desperate.

specialsubject Sat 21-Jan-17 09:56:50

I never wear it now.

Despite what you read on here, no one looks dead or unwell without it. Many look better without . ref that woman on a new life in oz - really pretty when rinsed off, bride of Frankenstein with her normal thick coating!

steadypace Sat 21-Jan-17 17:42:53

Thanks everyone. I know nobody has a gun to my head, it's my own problem. I have had family members comment that I 'look pale' or 'tired' over the years. My husband thinks I look nice with or without. I wish I had the confidence to wear none at all when I go out, not just at home.

I also think it feels claggy. I have stopped wearing foundation, as I thought it was beginning to age me. I feel naked if my eyes aren't done though.

I haven't seen that programme! Will have a look.

LearningHowToFly Sat 21-Jan-17 17:53:07

I hate make up, I wore it last on my wedding day 14 years ago. If you don't like it don't wear it. My beautician sister has tried to get it on me, she even booked me in at a beauty counter for a make over. It just feels wrong though, like I'm wearing a mask and it's not me that I see in the mirror. Try gradually going without, I'm sure you'll soon build up your confidence.

museumum Sat 21-Jan-17 17:55:46

I hate it. I like to be able to splash water on my face if I need to wake up a bit or rub my face. I do sometimes wear a waterproof mascara as that doesn't get smudged.

Bluntness100 Sat 21-Jan-17 17:58:30

I look better with make up on and I can't feel it on my skin, maybe it's the make up you're using? So I like it because, well I'm vain enough to like stuff that makes me look good 😂

If you don't like it don't wear it. Plenty don't.

876TaylorMade Sat 21-Jan-17 18:16:05

Love make up... I don't like the effort it takes to put " my face on".

I don't wear make up everyday... but I have a fantastic skin care routine grin! and I invest in quality make up... which makes all the difference I believe.

I am truly in awe envy of women who manage to get it on in the mornings before work... and keep it on all day looking just as fab!

BusterGonad Sun 22-Jan-17 07:47:32

Make up is one of the great joys in my life, I love looking at it in the shops, I love organizing my own collection, I love putting it on but I hate removing it! But I'm more than happy to go bare faced if I'm not up to much and occasionally I've been known to not bother for work either. If you don't like it don't wear it, I'm not sure why some posters mention their skin feels horrible with it on, foundation generally shouldn't feel heavy or unbreathable, I think a heavy handed application is to blame or lack of moisturizing before hand. The only foundations I've found to feel heavy are really really cheap ones or ones applied by a over zealous sales woman! 😂

Heatherjayne1972 Sun 22-Jan-17 07:52:12

I think a decent skin care routine a bit of tinted moisturiser coloured lip seal and a teeny bit of mascara is plenty
I know what you mean tho op

steadypace Mon 23-Jan-17 04:02:22

I went out with a small amount of mascara today and felt like a total minger! Maybe I will get used to itconfused

steadypace Mon 23-Jan-17 04:02:48

I went out with a small amount of mascara today and felt like a total minger! Maybe I will get used to itconfused

kelj2 Mon 23-Jan-17 04:37:36

I don't really like wearing make up and generally only do so if we're going somewhere nice. On a daily basis I do wear some pressed powder and mascara but that's it. My husband says he prefers me without make up and he's the only one I'm trying to impress.

BusterGonad Mon 23-Jan-17 04:45:49

Kelj2 what's with the misconception that women wear makeup to impress men? It baffles me every time a thread like this comes up! I don't wear make up for men, I couldn't give a toss what they think, I wear make up for me, I'd far rather be complemented on my lipstick by a woman than a man given the choice but I wear it for myself, not to impress anyone!

Deathraystare Thu 26-Jan-17 11:24:53

I love it and wear it for ME. I feel good in it but do not wear it as a mask. As I get older I need more definition.

MitzyLeFrouf Thu 26-Jan-17 12:09:26

OP if you're all about eyes why don't you get your eyelashes tinted monthly and then you'll be able to forego mascara on a daily basis. And you could get your brows threaded and tinted (if necessary) too. Then you might feel less self conscious about being make up free.

Lorelei76 Thu 26-Jan-17 12:12:35

I literally just started because my mum - already ill - had a major deterioration in her condition. I normally sleep badly but with the worry I looked like death warmed up, and I could see her looking at how fatigued I off I went to get some basic make up so I could have a false face for when I see her and she doesn't worry.

I don't like it either but it's pretty rare wearing it. Now i own it, if I am at an event and feel I like look like death, I'll put it on. It's just concealer, powder and blush though so can be done in 5 mins.

I can imagine getting so used to that face - say if you wore make up for work every day - that the real one would give you a shock. So I can see how the cycle starts of feeling you have to wear it.

Eliza22 Thu 26-Jan-17 12:40:28

I don't give a hoot what other people think, either. I wore makeup as a young woman to feel pretty and more polished. Now, at 55, I wear it a) because I still like to look "together" and I don't want to look washed out.

I used to look at photos of my nanna who, at 40, looked old. I'd look the same now if it weren't for putting some colour in my face. If you hate it OP, just stop wearing it. I don't understand why you'd commit to something every day, which you absolutely hate.

claraschu Thu 26-Jan-17 12:45:08

I hate the way makeup looks. I genuinely prefer people's faces bare.

To me, putting makeup on a face is like putting sugar on a strawberry.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Thu 26-Jan-17 13:51:08

Well, I enjoy wearing it but I definitely feel an obligation - if I didn't, I wouldn't worry about it day to day. But I do.

I have rosacea and if I didn't I'd wear a lot less. I know people would comment a lot if I suddenly wasn't wearing any make up.

I find it quite upsetting that that there is such societal pressure on women. Men also have sleepless nights and stress etc. but I've never met a man who's used concealer under is eyes. The closest I could get is a boy at my school who used foundation because he had appallingly bad acne.

Lorelei76 Thu 26-Jan-17 14:00:30

clara, can you tell they are wearing it? I only do mine so I don't look like the walking dead. I never do obvious make up.

I have younger colleagues with sharpie eyebrows and foundation an inch thick - they may have acne I guess but I think they don't - I think it's just their fashion.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Thu 26-Jan-17 14:08:34

I really hate the instagram make up trend. It makes teenagers and young women look like drag queens imo. Especially the overdrawing of eyebrows and lips!

I think you can tell when people aren't wearing make up - you can tell when a man is, so it stands to reason you can tell when they are! Even a little tiny bit of BB cream or tinted moisturiser is 'obvious' (it's not obvious but I'm not sure how to describe it - you can just tell!) even if you wear nothing else.

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