Ways to Improve Your Appearance without Makeup

As soon as I thought about starting a no makeup challenge, I started thinking about ways to improve my appearance without putting anything on my face. I was afraid I'd look dreadful and frighten people without my usual makeup. Those fears turned out to be unsubstantiated. Luckily, most of what you can do to approve your face without makeup is good for you in other ways, too. 

Exercise - The first thing that came to mind was exercise. Exercise gets your blood flowing, bringing color to the skin and brightening the whites of the eyes. Sometimes, it's too much color, such as after exercising outdoors on a hot day, but usually it's a good thing.

Eating right really can make a difference. I've noticed I have better skin color and texture since I started drinking a lot of smoothies. Flood your diet with vegetables and fruits while minimizing sugar and salt, and your skin will thank you. Drink plenty of water, too. 

Find a Natural Way - As I mentioned before, my biggest concern in going without makeup was having dark circles under my eyes. The Beauty Bean offers 5 Ways to Conceal Under-Eye Circles, Without Makeup, one of which is exercising. Another is a caffeinated under-eye cream, which I don't have, but it sounds pretty useful. Apparently that's the idea behind using tea bags, too. 

Hair - I fixed my hair more often this week than I usually do. I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to my hair. You'd think by the way I avoid it that blow-drying was extremely difficult and took hours.. I always keep my hair long enough to pull back and I go a little crazy when I can't do that. I didn't plan it, but I got my hair cut and colored on the first day of the challenge, so that helped, too. 

Smiling and not smiling. With makeup, but you get the idea.

Smiling and not smiling. With makeup, but you get the idea.

Smiling helps. I'm a smiley person and I have to warn you - people think you're nuts if you smile too often. Still, it's a good thing to do and it makes you look better. 

Skincare - Taking good care of your skin can help, too. Generally, not wearing makeup is better for your skin. Not sleeping with it on is also good, and something I'm bad about doing. Since the temperature is still cool here, I found myself not washing my face as much, because it didn't feel dirty or oily most of the time. 

Confidence - The biggest discovery for me was that once I got used to not wearing makeup, my confidence level increased. Feeling comfortable with how you look is probably the best thing you can do for your appearance. 

Week 30: Social - Wear No Makeup & Document Responses

  1. Day One
  2. Day Two
  3. Days Three & Four
  4. Ways to Improve Your Appearance Without Makeup
  5. Wear No Makeup Challenge - A Success!
  6. A Makeup Artist on Makeup
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No Makeup: Day One

No one said anything about my lack of makeup. I went to get my hair cut and colored by my friend, Marybeth, and then we went out to lunch. If she noticed, she didn't say anything. 

I was pretty worried about how I'd look at the salon, because it has overhead florescent lighting, the kind that makes toddlers look like they've aged and generally does nothing for 42-year-olds. But I didn't look that bad. And I had a long time to look at myself. Other than my eyelashes, which have disappeared, I thought I looked okay. My cheeks were even kind of pink. Maybe I got some sun, or I'm windburned or something. Maybe it's all the smoothies I've been drinking. 

I thought for sure Marybeth would say something, but I was wrong. After all, she's given me makeup advice before, and I've even tried her makeup while I was at the salon. She was wearing makeup. Probably she just doesn't really care one way or the other if I wear makeup. Which is cool. 

The few other people I saw were complete strangers or mere acquaintances. If someone from that category commented, it would seem mean, I think. Our server at the Mexican restaurant where we had lunch had naturally gray hair, which always makes me a little jealous. Can't say that out loud, though, when you're having lunch with your hair stylist. 

Me this morning, me with hair dye on my head at the salon (note the enhanced wrinkles and other lines around my eyes thanks to the lighting), and me back home in natural light, with better hair. I think the lighting in our bathroom, where I've taken most of my selfies, is actually pretty good. Who knew. 

Me this morning, me with hair dye on my head at the salon (note the enhanced wrinkles and other lines around my eyes thanks to the lighting), and me back home in natural light, with better hair. I think the lighting in our bathroom, where I've taken most of my selfies, is actually pretty good. Who knew. 

Getting my hair colored is probably the least frugal thing I do, other than drive a car. It's complicated by the fact that Marybeth is my friend (we were friends before she started doing my hair) and this is nearly the only time we see each other because she lives on the other side of the river (aka Illinois). And I really like the way she does my color. And I've never colored my own hair except for once in high school when I managed to make it kind of apricot. 

On the other hand, millions of women color their own hair. I'm sure I could learn. 

But for now, I'm not wearing makeup, so that lets me off the hook on the hair thing. Maybe? 

Also, I'm getting tired of taking pictures of myself. On the one hand, I think I've got the selfie thing figured out and I now know where to look, to make it appear I'm looking at the camera. I know, everyone knows how to do that, but prior to this week, I really had no reason to learn. Later this week, I may go back to cat pictures. We'll see. 

My hair Saturday night, after the color faded over six weeks, and today again right after Marybeth colored it. Marybeth actually does a great job styling it, too, but I messed it up on the way home by having the windows down. 

My hair Saturday night, after the color faded over six weeks, and today again right after Marybeth colored it. Marybeth actually does a great job styling it, too, but I messed it up on the way home by having the windows down.