Break Up with Your Makeup

When I write about self-confidence and body image, it’s common for people to think about weight and the size of their jeans. Right?

But for me, my SKIN can largely make-or-break my self-confidence. Some weeks my skin is really good and some weeks it’s really bad.

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Whenever I have breakouts, I tend to pick and pop zits. TERRIBLE, I know! It’s a nervous habit that I don’t even realizing I’m doing until it’s too late. As a result, I have some awesome scaring on my chin, neck, and side of my face and I try to cover them with makeup all the time.

Up until I was about 21, I prided myself on being one of those girls who didn’t need makeup. My skin was clear and even-toned; no red spots or scaring. Take me baaaack!!

Recently, I wept to an esthetician and she told me that a “hormone change” happened in my body, which normally causes zit on the chin, temples, and neck. Apparently typical for woman in the 20’s. Damn it.  

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But I preach self-acceptance and self-confidence here, so I was more than willing to break up with my makeup for a few days. Yes, I was nervous. Yes, I felt self-conscious. But you know what? I got over it.

No one barked at me or shielded their eyes (unless that’s what you’re doing due to the above photo), and I live to tell the tale.

You know what’s coming next, don’t you? Of course you do.

You know I’m going to challenge YOU to go without your makeup safety blanket. Not for, but just for a day every now and then. Rather than always trying to conceal, try letting your skin heal.

I bet you’ll even feel good when you do it. (You might feel really good if you win their sweepstakes and get to walk down the red carpet at the Emmy’s.)

For those of you who battle with facial redness caused by rosacea, check out Mirvaso, a topical gel that helps treat this skin condition. For all other skin care treatments, check out Galderma Laboratories.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Important Safety Information – Mirvaso® Gel
Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


  1. says

    Girl, you have great skin! I started wearing makeup fairly young (due to an unfortunate back flip freak-out on a trampoline the day before school pictures, haha), so it’s been hard for me to just “go naked.” I feel like my skin has suffered because of it, but thank god I’ve been one of those lucky pregnant women whose skin improves (which makes me think I had a hormone issue before). I think today and tomorrow I’m going to skip the makeup! :-)

  2. says

    Ahhh Colleen you look great! Love this idea! It’s amazing how makeup can transform a person… sometimes til they’re unrecognisable. Something so sad about someone feeling the need to do it to feel pretty. I just wish everyone can feel great in their own skin. I don’t even own makeup so never wear it. I may not always feel pretty but I’m pretty happy most of the time!

  3. says

    I still pop my zits. Eek! I would never shield my eyes to your pretty face. I fear the no make-up wearing because I transform into a raccoon when I don’t. I know, it’s pretty wild, right? Only difference is that I don’t have rabies.

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