The Case for Going Without Make up – How to Rock the Look

‘True Feminine Radiance Comes From Within.’

Most sites for women tell you how to put make up ON and how to do it perfectly. Well; this is really counter-intuitive, but I have to say that if you want to attract good men in to your life; go without make up during the day, from time to time (filtering out men who want their woman to always wear make up). From personal experience, I have found that men actually seem to notice me more/are more likely to strike up a conversation with me.

Not to mention that wearing make up has nothing to do with how attractive you are. This article is not about going without make up all the time, it’s about being able to have the freedom to actually go without make up if you have to/if you wish.

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Now, I know that my sister blogger Melina advocates not leaving the house without mascara. On this point, I beg to differ. I have left the house many times without make up, and I love it. I recommend it to every woman. I’m not here to tell you whether you should wear make up or not, however. That’s entirely up to you.

Here are 5 GOOD reasons why you might want to go without make up:

5. As humans, we tend to notice contrast. These days, if you go without make up, you stand out from the crowd. Most women wear make up. You may think you look washed out, tired, and un-pretty, but again, as a matter of contrast – this is probably true for YOU because you’re used to wearing make up, but not for others who are first meeting you! And the people who know you will get used to it. (read my article about how to be confident with men)

By the way, I’m not talking about the ‘bad’ kind of contrast here. I’m talking about how the look of natural beauty is a huge contrast to most women who are wearing make up. But, this doesn’t mean that a woman should stop taking care of her appearance.

And please, don’t try it once, get all worried, and never do it again – it may take a few goes to get used to it!

4. A woman who doesn’t feel the need to wear make up is fascinating. She’s not trying to be anything. She’s authentically who she is. To a man, if you can go without make-up, this shows you’re very confident. Men and women alike will wonder “what makes her so confident?! Why can’t I do that?!!”

But that’s just the beginning. To a man, it shows that you’re more likely to accept him without judgments. If you have the courage to not succumb to pressure and go without make-up, and accept yourself AS YOU ARE, you come across as the kind of person who would be less likely to judge others. This is all a very subconscious process that we humans go through in our minds.

Think about it: who are mostly the women who snob men off and judge them? The women who obsess over looking perfect, and appearing like very few men are good enough for her.

Lack of make-up also makes you seem fascinating because a woman with confidence is in the minority. It also make you more mysterious. (Read my article about how to be mysterious)

3. This may not be true with everybody, but I have found that going without make up makes you look younger. It gives a look of authentic innocence and youth. Of course, if you’re not healthy, it won’t work out for you. If you have really bad dark circles, dry, flaky skin etc, it won’t help with the no make up look.

2. I’m really passionate about this one: I have found that foundation actually takes AWAY the natural radiance and glow of my skin!! It gives the image of a clear complexion (though it will never cover up pimples and bad skin properly) and ‘patch-less’ looking skin.

But I have found that, if you’re healthy, the ‘patches’ on your skin will be non-existent, and will be replaced with spots of glowing redness or just an overall, natural, radiant glow in of itself. (Click here to take the quiz on “How Naturally Feminine Am I Actually?”)

But that natural glow of the skin, if it is there, is actually taken AWAY by foundation!

“A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful” – Karl Kraus

1. Going without make up forces you to work on the inside. It forces you to be truly OK with who you are. The outside canvas will dissipate with passing years, as father time does his handy work. And by that time, you’re really going to have to know how to feel attractive without make up; without the outer canvas fooling you in to thinking it is the Queen of everything, and the fixer of all your problems.

Of course, going without make up is not ideal for every situation, as you would already know. But, every woman should learn how to let her natural beauty radiate from within, right through the outer layers of her skin. Not to mention that make up is full of very harsh chemicals that have a very real chance of being absorbed in to your skin and other various orifices on your body.

So here are some ways to rock the natural look:

1. Make sure that your hair is clean and fresh. When your hair is at its best, it helps to radiate the overall natural look of radiance. Depending on your individual facial features, you’ll need to choose whether having your hair up or down suits you better when going without make up. Perhaps you can do both! (read my article about how to take care of your hair)

2. Eat a diet of mainly raw foods. You will be surprised that this is a much better cosmetic than your foundation and other types of make up. Aside from a raw food diet, make sure to cleanse and detox regularly. Make it a habit. You can’t pull off the no make up look when your skin is dull and lifeless from your bad diet.

3. Keep alcohol to a minimum. It really doesn’t help, sister. Not to mention it’s really great for premature aging.

4. Exercise regularly and alternate between cardio work outs as well as doing light weights, tabata exercises and plyometrics. Sweating helps detoxify your body, and refreshes your skin, helping you pull off a natural look. It HAS to come from within!

5. Exfoliate (not every day), cleanse, tone and moisturize. Unless you live in a sub-tropical environment, you most likely have problems with dry skin, so make sure you use a good organic moisturizer.

6. Take a good Omega-3 oil supplement like Krill Oil. Good fats help to keep the skin plump, making you look and feel more youthful.

7. SMILE!!

8. Pay close attention to the clothes you’re wearing. Try not to wear anything too dull in color. Often, wearing something floral and extra-feminine like a colorful maxi dress helps brighten up your overall look.

Going without make up also helps give you character. Individuality. When you learn to love it, it also gives you an enormous sense of freedom! And, I think most women would be surprised by the number of men who would say that they prefer their woman without make up (of course a woman needs versatility, still!). Especially when she’s spending quiet, quality time with him.

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Do you ever go without make up? Do you think it’s easy to pull off? Do you think men notice you more when you’re not wearing make up? Do you agree with this post, or do you think no woman should ever leave the house without mascara at least?

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Coleen
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I never wear make up. For one thing, I live in Belize, and makeup would just melt off in the humidity…but even when I lived in the States (NV – VERY dry!) I rarely wore makeup. The more you wear makeup, the more you need it. Even as a teenager, I rarely wore it. I wore it to cover up pimples – who didn’t? But now, at age 52, the ONLY time I wear makeup is when I go on a date – and then, it is ONLY mascara, and ONLY because my eyelashes are pretty blond! I will go… Read more »

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Rosiebyanyothername

I often (usually) leave the house without makeup because I can’t be bothered keeping an eye on it! The boys definitely notice its presence or lack thereof, lol. Whenever I get a lipstick or eyeliner smudge it’s usually a man that tells me. Why don’t the other women say anything?? The funny thing is that when I did wear makeup regularly, years ago, a good male friend once asked if I wore any. He said I didn’t seem like the type to bother – and it turns out he was right. I’m not! I was using it because I was… Read more »

Sugarplum
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Sugarplum

Renee, this is a dynamic discussion! Of course, I love reading your posts. Makeup is definitely a matter of choice. I choose a more natural approach to eating and skincare. I just turned 57 and people think I’m in my late 30’s. Beauty radiates from within to the surface. Confidence is also a matter of choice. So for now and into the future, I choose to radiate confidence.

Terra Viva
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Terra Viva

I never wore makeup. Have no inclination to do so. Had no problem getting guys’ attention and an interesting and varied love life with the kind of people I want to attract. Now at this phase on the age scale it’s a bit more difficult, naturally, but I don’t think artificially smearing my face with junk will have any positive effect on the kind of guys I’m interested in. I do use creams, of course, as well as avocado and cucumber peels. Recently started with coconut oil on body.

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J.a. Ct

A lot of women today put on so much make up that they are unrecognizable when removed. I normally do not wear make up unless for a special occasion. Almost all cosmetics contain oil. Some are made from guava (bat poo). Premature aging! Make up should be used only to enhance natural beauty. It is akin to perfume. It should be used to allure that special man when he is close. It should not fill up a room and make people sick.

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frankie

I totally agree with this article. About the contrast, when you do decide to wear make-up, people will say how beautiful you look, rather than if you where it all the time then plaster on more. Rubbing your eye, you have no worries of smudging, definitely a lot more freedom!! I must admit though, when I do where make-up, I do feel more confident but again, I think that is the contrast 🙂 If I did where it all the time it would become normal and I’d feel the same as if I wasn’t wearing any but wearing it 🙂… Read more »

Jessica Wade
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Jessica Wade

When I was 13, my mom let me wear lipstick. I tried it on and it actually flattered my skin tone. Three years later, I wore masscara and eyeliner. I thought I still looked pretty. I went into the Army and went to a Clinique make up counter and tried a makeover. I didn’t look right with foundation, eye shadow, the whole nine. I stuck to eyeliner, masscara, lipstick, and lipliner. I have not worn any makeup except lipstick and lipliner on my wedding anniversary. I am happy to go without make up; but I’m not above using a little… Read more »

greg
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greg

I applaud all you ladies and others for not wearing make up and appreciating your natural true beauty. I used to be attracted to women who appear beautiful with make up. Now, I prefer women with no make up so that I can see their real beauty from the inside and out which gives them confidence. That’s what really counts as a gift from God. Thanks, Renee for your very interesting, uplifting and cheerful article for women and men as well.

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Erzulie

My comment will be little bit personal but I want to share my experience about this topic. First of all, I dont want to sound too cocky but I had an extremely beautiful face when I was a child. Everybody used to compliment me lot and I was 100% sure about my beauty. However things have changed little bit after I hit the puberty, when I was 12 13 years old. I gained weight on my face, my skin became pale and dull, and i got pimples. Also after puberty other girls started to take care of themselves more so… Read more »

Sandra
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Sandra

I agree with you. I go without make up everyday. Social gatherings and going on a date is the only time I do wear make up. It is easy to pull off and men speak to me more when I don’t wear make up. I have found that I am approachable without make up, I like that. Thanks Renee for this article.

Linda
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Linda

LOVE this article. I dance as a hobby and those are the times I wear lots of make up BUT. Otherwise I DO NOT WEAR IT and love it. I am blessed with a youthful look ( I am almost 54 and look ten years younger). When you go with out makeup men see the REAL YOU!

Kirsch
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I’m always surprised to hear that so many women cannot go out without make up! I used to do it for years and never felt bad about it. Maybe it also comes from the fact that I was dancing on a professional level and that anyway make up does not resist intense sweat. It is only at age 30 that I started to wear a bit Mascara on a daily base. I hope in the future more women will have the “courage” just to look like themselves. Honestly, make up only make you look less pretty! We notice it immediatly!… Read more »

Tiff
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Tiff

You mention detox and cleansing a few times in some of your articles. Maybe you could do a post expanding on the subject? Do you mean like colon cleansing? I feel like there’s so much out there about cleansing and “detoxing”, and yet others saying it is not necessary and that the body is always detoxing itself – I don’t know what to believe!

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A

I used to wear make-up for everything, including just going around the corner to the kiosc for two minutes or even excercising, going to the gym, etc. If I was outside my house, I had to wear make-up, I would think, because there are people outside and I look washed out without make up, being pale and with a strong tendence to dark rings under my eyes however much or less I sleep. For the gym I wouldn’t wear anything else than just a corrector for rings under my eys and a bit of blush, but still. And it felt… Read more »

Super Janice
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Super Janice

This is the evidence that you are a feminine woman but do not assume that all women are feminine. Feminine women are simply the majority!

Holly
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Holly

Woop, woop 😀 I’m so glad that this article is written in such a way! It’s not that your advicing never wear makeup, as to be bluntly honest, I think the mass majority of women do look better with a bit of makeup. I use to have a friend who looked just as good with makeup on as off and I can remember seeing a woman on a dating program that looked better with makeup off. Some people are lucky but I believe that makeup is a good way of enhancing natural apperance. As for myself I’m a plane Jane… Read more »

Yen
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Yen

Thank you Rene

This is very awesome post.

I love a lasting and complete way to beautify ourselves like this than a comtemporary one like make-up

Thank you for bringing a very good topic/guide like this

Wish all the best to you

Nana
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Nana

I already left a comment on this article but since I got back here I want to add some thoughts again 🙂 I’m in my late 20s, I’m french and everytime I wore make up (very rarely) I felt like it was not me. I feel like I wear a mask and I’m rather worried about people discovering that it’s not really my real face than having them thinking I don’t have a pretty one without makeup. Actually I always got the deep feeling that make up means you’re not pretty enough naturally so you have to do something about… Read more »

Frances
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Frances

I like how put together some women look while wearing makeup, but have neither the time nor the talent to do it myself. My routine is down to a tinted moisturizer (Physician’s Formula has an organic one that I like), a bit of color on my cheeks, some lip balm, and maybe a little eye shadow. Mascara just makes the dark circles under my eyes more pronounced, so I occasionally will dabble with some brown eyeliner.

Michelle
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Michelle

Look at French women. They barely wear makeup and are far more attractive than the American over- bleached, overdone masses.

mplo
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mplo

Although I went through a stage of wearing eye-liner and masquara when I was in high school, I found that it produced more eye problems in addition to my already-existing “dry-eye” problems. So, I gave up wearing eye make up, even for special occasions, and haven’t worn it since. It’s not worth it. While it’s true that some girls and/or women who are extremely pale and scrawny need some make-up, I have never fallen into that category. I’ve had enough eye problems without eye-make-up, so I’m not afraid to go without it. In fact, I’m better off for it.

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