Why I Don’t Wear Makeup And Never Intend To

I dont like wearing makeup

As the title of this article says, I don’t wear makeup and never intend to.  I know that the majority of women wear makeup on what appears to be a daily basis and this is no reflection on those who wear it.  Just an explanation of why I choose not to.

Why Not

As a child I was described as a tomboy, I was never one to wear dresses and hated pink (those views have relaxed, *slightly*).  My preference was for comfy jogging bottoms and one of my prized clothing items was a colour changing t-shirt (so trendy, I know!).  That’s not to say I never wore dresses, there is certainly photographic evidence, but I much preferred things I could run, climb and cycle in.

Being a bit of a tomboy I wasn’t really exposed to makeup until I was around 15.  I allowed some friends to put makeup on me when I was sleeping over at another friends house.  It wasn’t the best example of makeup, but I hated the feeling of it.  To me makeup felt like a mask and I didn’t want to be hiding behind it.

makeup brushes

I think I wore makeup another handful of times in my life.  I could probably count the number of times on one hand.  Mainly when friends begged to put makeup on for a night out and a good friend put on some basic makeup for my wedding day.  Each time I felt a bit weird, it still felt like a mask and as if it wasn’t really me.  Well, with the exception of the wedding day, I think I must have sweated it off as it was so hot that day!

Although I haven’t had any adverse reactions to makeup, possibly because I never wear it, there is the chance I could be allergic to the ingredients.  As I have eczema and am allergic to Parabens I have to be careful what I put on my skin.

What About Eyebags?

I think as a parent this is one of the biggest makeup worries.  We’re often so tired and makeup can hide those huge eyebags.  It probably could make me look a little more awake, but the yawning would probably give it away anyhow.

i dont wear makeup

I also don’t think I would ever have time to worry about putting on makeup, it’s hard enough getting my own breakfast and brushing my hair in the morning! Ha ha!

Will I Ever Choose To Wear It

Maybe one day in the future when I have a lot of time on my hands I might choose to test it out again.  But for now I am happy the way I am.  I have confidence in myself and I really don’t see any need for me to wear it.  Plus I’m lazy and can’t even consider how much time it would take to put it on or to actually learn what to do with it all!

Do you wear makeup often?


  1. May 5, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I am lazy and only really put make up on if I’m going to see my friends or M’s friends. School run time, shopping and everyday life? Plain old naked face! I do wash my face really well though to try and make my bare face seem a little more appealing. Sometimes wearing eye liner makes my eyes itch and gives me headaches. I’m not sure if it’s the brands, age of the make up, or just psychosomatic – but it’s pretty annoying.

  2. May 7, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I love this Jenny. I don’t often wear makeup either, but I do feel better when I’m wearing it. It’s great that you have the confidence to know you don’t need it. It also helps that you always look fabulous!

  3. Spencer Broadley
    May 7, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Being a man – I personally can’t care about make-up if on or not. I much prefer the natural person. However, I feel that a bit of make-up at special occasions can go a long way – I even use a little for such events to conceal my own deficiencies (but hardly any!) For occasions you don’t need to be dressed up and made up as a Barbie doll but a little helps.

  4. Morna
    May 8, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    This was me until about six months ago. Sadly at the ripe old age of 36 I developed the worst acne of my life! I’m so glad I didn’t suffer as a teenager because the effect on my self confidence has been devastating. After a couple of months feeling really embarrassed at work I learned how to use concealer and a light foundation on the days when I really do look like I have the plague. This has actually sparked a broader interest in makeup and I am wearing a bit more now although not every day as I cycle to work – don’t think much of a face would stay on during that! It’s through reading beauty blogs that I identified a couple of products which actually seem to be helping my spots too so I generally feel a bit warmer towards the whole make up industry. If it hadn’t been for my crazy 2nd adolescence though I’d probably still be enjoying bare faced chic!

  5. May 10, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I’ll admit to being the woman who wears makeup even to nip to the shops. Considering I didn’t wear it regularly until my mid-20’s it’s a bit strange I’m like that. I don’t wear a lot though, and the times I have had my makeup done I’ve felt very obvious and weighed down, so I can understand your stance. I can get it on in under 5mins, and I don’t see me adding to that any time soon!

  6. May 10, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    In my mid-late teens I wore makeup almost daily, but since being in my 20’s that has taken a dramatic turn – I no longer wear make up. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I wore it. I no longer like the feel of it on my face, and like you say, it feels like a mask. I don’t have the best skin post children, but even so I don’t feel compelled to cover it up… I’m happy in skin, even if it isn’t perfect.

    You’re beautiful bare faced; we all are!

  7. Anon
    May 12, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I don’t wear makeup generally. If I go out of an evening I wear tinted moisturiser just to even me out a bit, eyeliner, lipgloss & mascara. I decided to give it a go today as I was going into London for the day. I don’t have a clue when it comes to makeup, mascara is the only thing I can actually ‘do’. I put on my tinted moisturiser and it didn’t blend around my nose at all, I felt awful but we were running late so I couldn’t do anything about it- not that I would have known what to do anyway 🙁 When we were at the train station my husband gently pointed out that I hadn’t got all of my face / jawline. I just rubbed at my face, hubby said it helped but obv I had no clue.
    I never wore make up on my wedding day, I feel I should stick to being bare faced. I would like to look good now & again just to boost my confidence when I’m surrounded by my beautiful friends x

    I really wanted to delete this comment as it’s really personal & upsets me but at the same time I want to share how I feel- hope you don’t mind xx

    • May 13, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you for being honest. I can completely understand the want to try wearing it now and again. But you should also be proud of your bare face, everyone should. Hugs xx

  8. May 15, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    It sounds like you are happy just as you are so why change? Good for you I say! I must admit that I wear makeup every single day and have done since I was a teenager. I don’t wear a lot but just that little sweep of mascara and blush makes me feel more human. It takes me all of 5 minutes but makes me feel fantastic for the day. I should probably take a leaf from your book but I wouldn’t feel like me without ‘my face’ on! x

  9. May 18, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I genuinely look so ill without makeup. Plus I love how it boosts my confidence when I wear it. It can make me look so many different ways. I just enjoy spending time playing about giving myself little makeovers. I used to love doing makeovers on other people but I just can’t do hair and makeup on other people the same as I do my own. I come from a long line of women who won’t even hang the washing out with at least some basic make up lol. I must admit I’m a bit more lax in warm weather and since I became a Mum

  10. June 2, 2017 / 10:47 am

    This is so me! I will wear make up on a special occasion but that is it. I do wish I could magically cover my eye bags though x

    • June 5, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Ha ha! I know what you mean about eye bags! 🙂 x

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