There is an expectation in society that women should wear makeup whenever they leave the house (and even when they’re at home) and that they should enjoy the process of buying makeup, putting it on, and seeing how it makes them look.
The truth is that for a lot of women (and some men as well), that’s absolutely the case – they enjoy wearing makeup and the freedom and self-expression it offers. However, there are women who don’t see the point in wearing makeup because it’s time-consuming, difficult to get right, they don’t like how it looks, or they don’t feel it’s good for their skin, among other reasons.
If that’s how you feel about makeup, don’t wear it. It’s as simple as that. If you don’t like something, don’t do it, especially when it’s something as unimportant as makeup (which, even if you love it, you have to admit is the case).
Of course, knowing that you don’t have to wear makeup is one thing, but feeling confident not wearing it if it’s something you’re used to (even if you don’t like it) is something else completely, and with that in mind, here are some ways to feel confident without makeup to help you get started.
Love Your Flaws
Sometimes, people wear makeup to cover up what they feel are flaws, which could be anything from scars to freckles – a flaw is basically any feature you think of as imperfect (and we all have them, no matter who you are).
So instead of looking at these things as flaws, think of them as unique elements of you that make you who you are. Love them, and don’t be ashamed or afraid of them – when you get to that stage, you won’t feel the need to cover them up anymore. Remember, most of the time, the people around you – when they’re strangers, at least – won’t even notice you or look at you at all, even if it feels as though they are. In other words, don’t worry about other people and do what’s right for you because that’s what counts.
Get Your Skin Looking Good
Taking care of your skin can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself without makeup – if your skin looks fresh and youthful, the last thing you’ll want to do is cover it up, and by putting a good skincare routine in place, you can ensure your skin does look great as much of the time as possible (there will always be days when it’s a little greasier or dryer, but that’s often to do with hormones and the weather, and it’s harder to regulate.
Cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen every time you go outside (not just when it’s hot) is vital and can really make a difference to how your skin looks. Another great idea is to go to a massage salon on a regular basis because that can ensure your circulation is improved and give your skin a youthful glow.
Think About Inner Beauty
It might sound like a difficult thing to do or perhaps even something of a cliche, but the fact is that focusing on inner beauty is a much better option than focusing on external beauty, and it can help you feel a lot more confident to go out with no makeup on.
Real confidence comes from knowing you’re doing good things and being as positive as possible. That means being kind to others, being compassionate, and having a positive attitude, among other things. If you can really shift your focus from how you look to how you act, you’ll realize that makeup isn’t important and you really don’t need it – although, of course, if you want to wear it, that’s fine too!
Be Around Positive People
Something else that can really help with your confidence and your self-esteem is to be around positive people as much of the time as you can – it really will make a difference, and it makes for a happier life all round as well.
Look for the people who will lift you up and support you and who don’t feel it necessary to even comment on whether you’re wearing makeup or how your hair looks or anything else because it’s not important to them. They just want to be around you for who you are, and you can feel the same about them, which isn’t just confidence-boosting but freeing as well.
Knowing that people like you for you will make you feel hugely confident, and makeup won’t even feature in your plans – think of the time you’ll save!