No Lie: I Went Two Weeks Make-Up Free to Understand If I Still Felt Pretty

Emily Algar

This feature is dedicated to our #NoChangeNoFuture initiative. From the Women’s March, to Australia voting yes to same sex marriage, and the #MeToo movement, 2017 taught us to look beyond ourselves and come together as a collective of powerful women who are writing our own history. Join us as we cancel setting one-dimensional personal resolutions this January and commit to being the change we want to see. Because without change, there is no future.

Last month, the overarching theme of all content I produced fell under the idea of "Perceptions of Pretty". The aim was to take a deep dive into the history, etymology, and current-day perceptions of the word pretty. When brainstorming story ideas, it got me thinking about my own thoughts on the word, and what makes me feel good about myself, or, for lack of a better word, pretty.

Working in beauty, I obviously have a deep-set love for skincare and makeup products, some of which I rely on every single day to feel "done". As my thoughts progressed, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to skip makeup altogether for two whole weeks to see how it made me feel. Would I feel empowered? Lack confidence? Be able to sleep in an extra 15 minutes? Teeter on the edge of embarrassment? These were all very possible outcomes I was willing to explore. 

To provide a little context, I don't wear a lot of makeup by standard means. No-makeup-makeup is my daily go-to, albeit achieved with eight products (primer, foundation/cc cream, concealer, highlighter, brow gel, mascara, lip balm, and blush to be exact). But for this, I quit cold turkey. I actually put it off for the first two weeks of February because a calendar full of beauty and social events barefaced made me feel anxious (hence the missed deadline getting this in before the month's end, whoops). 

However, here we are at the end of my experiment, and as promised, I've written down every thought and emotion that ran through my mind for the entirety of my barefaced journey of self discovery. I also took some iPhone photos for reference (that you can see below). If you're intrigued, keep scrolling. 

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