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I’m not wearing Make-Up

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Around this time, last year, I posted a photo of myself without make-up. Today, I thought it’d be fun to do so again and invite you all to post your own make-up-less photos on your blogs.

Below: This is me, going off to the brunch mini muffin pajama party, sans make-up.


(For the record, Muttsee’s not wearing make-up either.)

Post your own makeup-less photos on your blogs. Bonus points for sweaty post-workout pics like this photo.

This is meant to be fun, but there’s an important message behind it: Society expects women to maintain a certain image; to put on make-up, paint our nails, curl our hair, shave our legs, pluck our eyebrows, wear high heels… Did I miss anything? How is this fair when men aren’t expected to do any of these things? (Somewhere, my mom is saying: Life’s not fair. Get over it.”)

There’s nothing wrong if you want to wear make-up for you. It’s an art form, after all. However, none of us should be made to feel ugly if we choose not to wear make-up. Regardless of what society tries to tell us, women (all women, not just Gisele Bundchen) are beautiful in our natural state. The whole idea of concealer to hide our imperfections is ridiculous. How dare someone else try to tell us what’s less-than-perfect about our skin! These so-called “imperfections” are what make us unique.

That’s not to say I haven’t, at times, fallen victim to society’s message. I’ve griped about my “too pale” skin or the red dot at the top of my nose. (For the record, I named him “Ned the nose dot.” I’ve learned to accept him; he gives my face personality.) And although I often go bare-faced in public—even in front of my friends—there’s still no way I’m not wearing make-up on a date!

Do you wear make-up?

Normally, I don’t, simply because I’m too busy to put any on. When I do wear it, I mainly stick to blush and mascara. I never wear concealer because I hate the way it feels on my skin.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Helen says:

    Katie, I don’t think you need concealer, but if you DID want some that didn’t feel weird on your skin, you might try bare minerals powder concealer. I wear it and I don’t even know it’s there. Whether or not I wear makeup depends on what time of month it is, honestly. Because there’s a week out of the month where my skin looks terrible.

    My can’t live withouts are: concealer (for brightening up eyes), chapstick, and cream blush. I rarely wear mascara. Recently I’ve discovered brown pencil, which can really frame and polish your face without any other makeup (if you pick the right color and apply it really naturally so it isn’t obvious you’re wearing it!).

    1. Veronica says:

      Ditto on the Bare Minerals concealer! It’s amazing and weightless.

  2. Helen says:

    by “brown” pencil I mean “brow” pencil

  3. Christy says:

    You don’t need makeup, you’re beautiful (and young!). I used to never wear make-up, now I wear it when I wear my contacts and want to look pretty. I could take it or leave it though.

  4. Lissy says:

    i almost never wear makeup. my skin’s way sensitive. Though I have a small bald spot on my eyebrow that I’ve been filling in. Actually, I forgot today.
    Even if I could wear makeup, I probably wouldn’t. Well, I could wear eye stuff and I don’t, so, there ya go. I’m too lazy to put on makeup in the morning.

  5. Lisa Fine says:

    I don’t wear makeup except for special events like weddings, for or job interviews. It’s been a very long time since I’ve worn makeup every day.

    It might be fun (and funny) for me to write a post like this… 🙂

  6. I’ve only worn make-up once in my whole life– for a school performance when I was 6! I don’t wear make up because I read some news about the colours from make-up come from beetles (Yeah, I’m quite a wimp). And of course, my laziness is also a factor.
    And I totally agree with what you say about wearing makeup. I think that society does pressure people to look good… and what a warped form of thinking that is!


    1. Crafty lil vegan says:

      I’m a bit of a make-up junkie i’m afraid! Though no-where near like i used to be – my eyes used to be rainbow colours! i mainly stick to eyeliner and a little powder, though the colours still come out at special occasions! A great vegan make-up place is “Be never too busy to be beautiful” They have amazing vegan make-up – Not a beatle in sight! Just thought i’d let you know =]

  7. Freya says:

    Annnd you still look stunning!!
    I wear make up if I’m out of the house and going somewhere other than to buy the newspaper! I normally wear foundation/concealer, powder, mascara and eyeliner. I feel my skin is too blotchy to go without; make up makes me feel more confident 🙂

  8. Lauren says:

    You look fantastic without makeup on Katie! You don’t even need it!

    I recently did a no makeup blog post called the Inner Beauty Tag if anyone wants to have a look or is interested 🙂 –

  9. I think you look amazing! I do wear makeup, but I have scaled it way back the past few years. I realized that I used more of it for the wrong reasons. I like feeling more natural and I like feeling like me. This is a completely new development and I’m really liking it.

  10. Lisa C says:

    Love this post! And the message! I agree 100% that it’s unfair women are expected to do all of this. It’s even legal for women to be fired for not wearing makeup/shaving etc because it can be seen as the “dress professional” part of a job clause (although the boss would never say he speicfically fired you or didn’t hire you because you didn’t wear makeup).

  11. Sarahishealthy says:

    I used to wear SO much makeup in middle school. Then less in hs, even LESS in college… and barely any now. It’s all from laziness ;).
    Plus, I just looked like a clown back then!

  12. Mariah says:

    I wrote a series of “un-photoshopped” pictures. I took a picture of me, via bad webcam, but un-photoshopped none the less, every day for one week. Some days I wore make-up, some days I didn’t. I was true to myself and how I operate my normal daily week.

    Here’s the link:

  13. Lauren says:

    Great post, Katie! I love going “bare” or without makeup. It’s hard sometimes, though, to see photos of celebs in magazines. I have to realize that’s not real either. They are Photoshopped beauties!

  14. In not a big fan of makeup either. I like eyeliner and mascara and do use clear mascara on my eyebrows, but I really can’t stand foundation. For a friend’s wedding, I got away with using tinted moisturizer that wasn’t as bad as I’d thought, but not something I can imagine doing every day. Fortunately, my boyfriend very much prefers me without makeup.

  15. Leslie says:

    You are beautiful! I would never bother wearing makeup if I were you.
    But sorry Katie, Muttsee is the true looker in your photo ;). He steals the show! Love those Gund stuffed animals!

  16. I do wear makeup when I meet with clients, which is a few times a month, since I work from home normally. I also wear makeup when I got out on date nights or out with friends. I live in workout clothes (working from home does that do you), so I spend 90% of my life bumming it. Needless to say, I have no issue going in public with no makeup on (and in sweaty clothes).

    I don’t need makeup to feel pretty. I actually feel strongest working up a sweat or pumping iron. I do though feel professional and put together with it on in a work setting.

  17. Jennifer JCD says:

    Well written. Society’s pressures aren’t fair, and not because men don’t have so many expectations of them, but because nobody should feel pressured to do ANYTHING they don’t want to do just because it’s ‘normal’. For the record, society has expectations of men too – to work out, to hold a high-end job, to maintain their hair, etc. too. Take a look at any magazine or film and you’ll see those stereotypes too. (I don’t agree with any of those stereotypes either.)

    You are beautiful, Katie! I agree with those above who say you don’t need makeup. The only makeup I wear is lip gloss and a very light blush, and that’s only when I’m dressed up in formalwear, which happens three or four days a year, at most. 🙂

    A link that someone sent me yesterday that fits in well with this blog post:

    1. Oh ok, you’re right… guys have pressures too. Like feeling the need to be macho all the time, or supporting a family, or being muscular… I guess they don’t always have it so easy! But I still say it’s harder to be a girl ;). (Harder, but I’m still glad I’m a girl!)

      1. vicki says:

        I dunno Katie. If a guy has a facial flaw he doesn’t want to live with, he can’t simply cover it w/a little make-up. So, I think we win on that one.

    2. Jennifer,
      Thank you for posting the link to my blog.

  18. Oh, I just started following your blog recently, and I really enjoy it. I’m curious though, how old are you?

    1. I’m 24… I know I look so much younger :(. My mom says I’ll like that when I’m 50!

      1. Oh, you will be very happy when you are 50. Yeck, even 30. I was on the front end of that benefit, as I have always looked older than my age. It was really nice when I was 18 😉 Now that I’m 29. Not so much. LOL

  19. I wear make up, but not every day. It’s nice to let the skin breathe a little right?!?

  20. Anonymous says:

    I never wear make up, except for special occasions… Another commenter said this I think and it’s the same to me! I have acne-prone skin so things like foundation and concealer just aggravate my now-clear skin and make it revert to its old ways! Also, I can’t wear eye make up since my eyes seem overly sensitive to it… Even on special occasions, I’ll just wear a toner and foundation with blush – no mascara or eye shadow or eye liner!

    I think I probably would if I could, only because make up does have a tendency to give the illusion of perfect skin… but going “au naturel” is so much more comfortable anyway! Plus it sort of sends out the message of “I’m comfortable with the way I am”, doesn’t it? Also, many of my guy friends can’t even tell the difference (at least when it comes to make up just for the skin), amazingly.

    1. I think we girls put more pressure on ourselves (and each other) than guys! Pretty much every guy I’ve ever known has said he likes girls with less makeup!

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