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How do you feel about yourself with and without makeup?

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Destinysdaughter Sun 02-Apr-17 17:27:57

I've worn makeup since I was 13 and I don't feel like 'me' without it . I sometimes feel like 2 different pp tbh as I'd never go out ( except to pop to the local shops, go swimming etc) without it .I am quite pale with blotchy skin, prone to redness and think I look ill without it. However, with well applied make up I can look pretty good!

Wearing make up hasn't harmed my skin as I've always taken it off at night, moisturised etc but my idea of hell would be to be put in a situation where I couldn't wear it as I'd feel ugly and unconfident.

Wondered how other pp feel about their looks with/without make up ?

Judydreamsofhorses Sun 02-Apr-17 17:55:13

I very rarely go out of the house without makeup. Without it I look fine, but with it I feel and look better. I don't wear much "face makeup" but I always wear red lipstick which brightens up my face.

BarchesterFlowers Sun 02-Apr-17 17:57:21

Happy, I rarely wear it, tinted moisturiser, lipstick, something brushed through my brows and mascara on a big day.

I have always been the same.

shesnotme Sun 02-Apr-17 18:00:33

I like how I look with or without it generally. I don't wear it much.

PinkHeart59156816 Sun 02-Apr-17 18:01:43

I only wear mascara and lipstick so I'm always pretty bare and I feel fine with how I look.

Ledkr Sun 02-Apr-17 18:02:16

I wear it daily but am perfectly happy without it just prefer not to.
I also don't wear loads but feel I look fresher and more groomed with it.

TroysMammy Sun 02-Apr-17 18:05:15

I only wear mascara and lipstick and sometimes a bit of foundation if I look like death.

I was putting on mascara today and my 6yo niece asked me why I was putting on makeup. I said to make me beautiful. She said "but Auntie, you are beautiful anyway". She's a little love.

n0ne Sun 02-Apr-17 18:10:07

I only wear brown eyeliner pencil and BB cream day-to-day, and since using LRP Effaclar range, my previously spotty/marked skin has cleared up enough that I sometimes forgo the BB cream. But I really don't like going without eyeliner. I feel like my eyes disappear without it, especially as I wear glasses.

Bluntness100 Sun 02-Apr-17 18:10:52

I feel more put together and healthier looking with it. I look a bit drained without it to be honest. I look better with. However make up needs to be applied well with the right products and colours to suit your skin tone.

I've no issue popping to the shop or whatever without it, but for socialising, or days out or work, then I wear a lot but I don't think anyone would say I wore a lot of make up, because it's light and natural looking and the colours are natural skin toned basically.. Me but better.

LadyOfTheCanyon Sun 02-Apr-17 18:13:24

I've worn makeup almost every day barring illness and lazy Sundays since I was about 15 and I'm now 47. I love it. I love the ritual of putting it on and I love the way I go from a mole eyed blotchy faced gollum of a thing to a healthy looking, polished professional.
I've just been packing for two nights away and paring down my make up bag was the hardest bit!

MrsGsnow18 Sun 02-Apr-17 18:13:40

I prefer the feel of not wearing make up, I'm not great at applying foundation and find it hard to find one to match my paleness so sometimes wearing foundaion makes me feel very self conscious, I'm often wondering if I look orange!
I do look pale and sometimes blotchy without it though and I flush easily so for special occasions I do always put make up on.

squirrelonapetridish Sun 02-Apr-17 18:15:21

I've recently had to go without eye make up due to allergy on my eyelid -very annoying. I hate not wearing eye make up as my eyes just dissappear and I look tired. Finding I rely more and more on make up as I get older, definitely need foundation these days too. Would love to have naturally great skin and big eyes with dark eyelashes (you lucky people).. Alas I am fair and mole like I just have to accept itsmile

MirandaWest Sun 02-Apr-17 18:16:46

I very rarely wear any makeup. Wore some when I got married last July but doesn't really feel like me I suppose.

ifcatscouldtalk Sun 02-Apr-17 18:17:53

Like yourself destiny I am fair skinned with blemishes although my skin is a lot less acne prone than it used to be, thank goodness. I can look a bit tired even rough on a bad day with no make up. I don't always wear make up at home but going out i wear foundation a small bit of blusher and a lip balm. I look much better for it.

Freezingwinter Sun 02-Apr-17 18:17:54

I feel pretty bad without it, I look ok but pale, can be sallow skinned and very dark under my eyes! I always wear bb cream, concealer (eyes) eyeshadow, mascara, blusher and lip balm, more recently I do my eyebrows because that makes a huge difference. I can be ready in 35 mins from shower to makeup, so putting it on isn't a huge problem!

Oliversmumsarmy Sun 02-Apr-17 18:20:17

I have never worn make up.
I did have 1/2 my face made up by dd with make up and the other side was clear.

Dp preferred the non made up side. I am of an age that make up goes in the cracks and I look like Franfensteins mother.

Probably be allergic to it anyway. I seem to be allergic to everything else

MelanieCheeks Sun 02-Apr-17 18:23:37

I'm quite happy without make-up, and rarely wear it at weekends. For work I use a BB cream, brown eyeshadow and grey-black mascara (less harsh than black), with powder and eyebrow zings to finish. One thing I always wear is something on my lips - tinted lip balm or a gloss.

ifcatscouldtalk Sun 02-Apr-17 18:24:10

mrsg i definitely put effort into finding a foundation that wouldn't give me an orange look. I think mine is Maybelline porcelain 04. I'm very fair and it doesn't make me look orange, previous ones did.

Destinysdaughter Sun 02-Apr-17 18:24:47

Phew, glad it's not just me! smile

mamarach26 Sun 02-Apr-17 18:30:10

I don't even answer the door to the postman without make up on blush the only people to see me without it are my parents, DP and 2yo DS. I'm a ginge so if I don't put make up on people think I'm ill.
The midwife the day after I had given birth said I looked really ill but I just didn't have make up on 😟

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 02-Apr-17 18:31:16

For work days, just moisturiser , maybe lipbalm for comfort not colour.

For days I'm going out somewhere, I use pencil on my very shabby eyebrows.

For days I'm trying grin mascara , eyepencil/liner (not black too harsh)

I am 50 now, my skin is pretty good, nothing to cover up.
If I wore full face , I'd imagine people thinking "What the feck does she look like"

If I wear lipstick I look like a drag queen or a hooker hmm

MimsyBorogroves Sun 02-Apr-17 18:36:54

I look dreadful both ways.

Garnethair Sun 02-Apr-17 18:46:41

I spend a lot of time outdoors so wear sunscreen on my face every day to avoid being too Land of Leather. Only really put makeup in once or twice a month. When I do it looks fine when I leave the house, but my eyeliner and eye shadow quickly end up transferred to the skin under my eyes.

Destinysdaughter Sun 02-Apr-17 18:59:04

You need to put powder on, I have oily eyelids and its the only thing that stops that happening!

Strummerville Sun 02-Apr-17 19:06:28

I was putting on mascara today and my 6yo niece asked me why I was putting on makeup. I said to make me beautiful. She said "but Auntie, you are beautiful anyway". She's a little love

My DS said almost the exact same thing to me once, he'd have been four or five I think. It gave me pause for thought, but I still wear make-up.

I have good skin and few lines, but I'm pale and sallow with dark circles under my eyes. Also have a few red blemishes that are marks left over from spots, these seem to take forever to fade angry. I rarely get spots but have had 3 that have left these marks.

I've worn make-up since my mid-teens. I'm 38 now and still have the same basic look that I had then - creamy skin, eyeliner, a bit of blush and nothing on my lips. It just takes more effort now: back in my twenties it was just a bit of concealer under the eyes, plenty of kohl, bit of pressed powder. Now I use BB cream, illuminating concealer, eyebrow powder, gel eyeliner, mattifying powder and Hourglass powder.

Without it I feel quite plain; with it I feel pretty and like myself. I would never, ever EVER go anywhere where there would be people without wearing make-up. I think that for me, it's like a mask, but in a positive sense. I've always struggled with social situations, and putting another face on is a bit like putting another self on - one who can talk and behave normally, and who is worthy of people's attention and interest.

I have actually thought about this quite a lot grin.

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