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NO MAKEUP MOVEMENT

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Source: Alicia Keys

When I heard about Alicia Keys’s “no makeup movement,” I thought how convenient. Now that proactive has cleared her skin, she’s “empowered” by inner beauty or whatever. Some may think I’m hating and well… I am.

Although I’ve used makeup in some form most of my life, I didn’t start wearing foundation until my mid to late twenties due to a second round of teenage acne. I was trying to hide pimples and the associated dark marks. A few years later, my skin cleared but I was too far gone. I was addicted to makeup.

Maybe the last year or so, I started thinking about leading a minimum makeup life. Note: Minimum is the key word. However, I now have new dark marks as a result of trying to remove my beard. I’ve been told it’s not that visible but I’m super self conscious about it. But you know what? The summer heat has been completely melting my makeup and I know it would make sense for me to wear matte foundation (although I use mattifying moisturizer, primer, pressed power and finishing spray) but like I mentioned in Faux Product Review 22: Total Cover Cream Foundation, it wasn’t the perfect match.

In the last 3 weeks, I’ve worn foundation once. My new routine consists of priming (as usual), licking and sticking my eyebrows, eyeliner, nude lips and finishing spray. I wear my hair down so I can hide those aforementioned dark marks.

And, there have been advantages:

  • Surprisingly, I’ve seen an improvement in my skin. Likely because I don’t really have anything clogging my pores.
  • I really enjoy not having to carry a bag of products to touch up my makeup.
  • No foundation melting off and forming a puddle at my feet.

Foundation will always have a special place in my heart but I think I’m going to ride this summer out bare. Semi-bare of course.

Shout-out to everyone who’s been doing it before Alicia Keys deemed it a “movement.”

Sincerely,

Hater

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17 Comments

  1. Bare-Faced Jones

    I don’t wear make up…
    I’ve been makeup free for 27.98 years.

      • Bare-Faced Jones

        I use to use Clinique. But then my skin rebelled. I’m currently using murad although I have mixed emotions. It helps appearance and refine my skin but I still suffer from the occasional lady breakout. I try to hydrate , not touch my face , and wash twice a day. I use the vitamin c line.

      • I used to use Murad which really helped but recently switched to Ole Henriksen products. I was told Murad is too harsh for my face.

  2. I am the type that wear makeup off and on since senior in high school. . I am more hoarder and informational type person. I know the concepts and how to tell you but i dont really put my ideas into action. I agree this is not a movement but whats distressing is she has all the best skincare, dermatologist and nutritionist and then trying to head a movement of women who dont have that at their disposal.

    • Bare-Faced Jones

      I agree with you. She has the best at her disposal. On my end I have done the makeup free movement for years ( and no one cares).

      • Honestly… I usually only wear lip gloss, eyeliner + mascara. I remove eye makeup with Yes! to Coconuts face wipes and sometimes wash my face with Yes! to Carrots if I’d had a particularly sweaty day. I moisturize with Jones & Rose whipped shea butter.

      • Thanks. I think I do pretty well with skincare but am looking for tips to achieve that celebrity-like flawless skin, lol.

      • O man… no telling the freaky lengths they go to to look amazing at every angle in all kinds of lighting.

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