When my friends first suggested to me that it would be interesting if I gave up wearing makeup for lent and wrote about it, I laughed and said “no way”. Two weeks later I had missed the start of lent, but I couldn’t help wondering when I last went a whole day without makeup. It’s as much a part of my morning routine as brushing my teeth. A whole 40 days was definitely too long so I set myself the challenge of not wearing a scrap of make-up for 5 days.

What a normal selfie looks like for me

I did slip up for three hours on the second day, but this made me realise how reliant I was on make-up, I think that I am a generally confident person, but the fear I felt on those first days of going bare faced was something I hadn’t contemplated before.

Day 1- This was the hardest day, and I spent an extra half an hour on my skin routine. I went out and bought 5 new face products that I really didn’t need, but it made me feel better. I also realised how red and blotchy my skin was, but nonetheless I got through without a drop of makeup touching my face.

Day 2- I had a complete freak-out because I had a date. I don’t think it would have been so bad if it was a first date because they wouldn’t be expecting my usual dark eye makeup and signature red lipstick that I am rarely seen without. This resulted in me wearing foundation and mascara for 3 hours. I did take it off to go to work which made me feel less of a failure. I felt sad that I really didn’t feel confident enough to go without it.

Day 3- I was determined not to touch it again and even received 2 compliments on my skin. I think my skin is my problem area and the thing that leaves me feeling worried about going bare.

Day 4- I had got used to it by now and it didn’t feel so scary. I didn’t spend an hour painting my face, which meant I was actually on time for once… For those of you who know me that is almost as rare as me going without makeup.

Day 5- Whilst I really couldn’t wait to play with my makeup again, I felt that not only my skin had improved, but so had my attitude towards myself.

This challenge that I set myself made me aware that I used makeup as a barrier of confidence. When I realised how dependent I was on it I felt almost ashamed that I felt that it was such a big deal to go without it. Since the challenge, I wear a lot less makeup on a day-to-day basis and even go bare some days. I definitely think that if you can’t remember the last time you went makeup free, you should give it a try and stick at it, you never know your perspective may change.