Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


Are you comfortable wearing no makeup outside of the house? No judgment!

Temptalia's AnswerYes, overall, I’m comfortable with it – but I wasn’t always, and where I am now in my life is a place where I feel more confident and settled, so there’s a lot less to fear about someone seeing my skin in all of its natural imperfection.

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94 thoughts on “Are you comfortable wearing no makeup outside of the house?

  1. Avatar of Cindy Cindy

    NO! I never leave the house without makeup unless I’m really sick and going to the dr!!

  2. Jo

    Not wearing makeup is kind of my default state. I actually feel more comfortable not wearing makeup than when I am because wearing makeup means I have to check that nothing is out of place.

    • Avatar of Eva Eva

      Me too. In fact, I’ve only recently become comfortable with WEARING makeup outside of the house. :-) There were some double-takes from people who have never seen me with makeup on…

    • Sarah

      That’s exactly how I feel – especially with lipstick, I’m constantly checking for smudges. Also, even when I intend to wear make up I often forget to factor in time for it and end up running out of the house with a bare face!

    • Avatar of Jax Jax

      Can I join the club?
      Most of the changes to my make-up routine are about making sure it is hassle free.
      Lipstick/gloss is an issue more for ware than smudging but I have more issues with Mascara, straight eyelashes mean it flakes off, I’m always looking for better formulations to counter it.

  3. I really am, even when I look awful. But I live in a very casual area where you don’t see many people wearing a full face, and I’m usually too lazy or out of time to deal with makeup before I get going–my alarm goes off at 5:35am, so I’m really not one for doing my face before I go to work. I’ll put on a lip product and call it good.

  4. Nikki

    Yes! I’m completely comfortable in my own skin. Honestly, as much as I love make up, I rarely wear it. I usually only wear it for special occasions, holidays, and going out on the town with family, friends, or my husband. If I do wear it, it is usually only on the weekends. I’m much too lazy to wake up earlier than I already do during the week, just so I’ll have time to apply a face full of make up daily. LOL I just don’t feel like it is really necessary on a daily basis.

  5. I’m a junior in college. I think some of my classes have hardly ever seen me with makeup (8am), whereas I’m done up for some others almost always. I’m perfectly fine going without makeup for the day. I think it’s fun, not a necessity.

    I’m also fine being around my boyfriend without any makeup. He says he likes to see my freckles that otherwise get covered up by makeup.

    • Avatar of Ellen Ellen

      There have got to be more lightweight/sheer face makeup products that let your beautiful freckles show through! What are you using right now?

  6. I am definitely fine. I live in Oregon and the whole au natural, channel your inner-hippie thing is quite accepted.

    On a weekly basis I wear makeup depending on the time of the day. It’s not a necessity for me, but rather something fun to do.

    I generally won’t have makeup on for an early class, but as the day goes on, and I actually have time to do my makeup, I’ll take my time and enjoy doing it.

  7. It depends on how my skin is and if my brows are looking good. I usually at least put on lipstick. If it is for a long period of time then I always wear makeup, if it is to just run an errand or two then I can go out without makeup. Sunglasses are my best friend when I only rock lipstick.

  8. Absolutely! I know my own face quite well, why fear a stranger’s judgement?

  9. Zainab

    I do go out without it, but I much prefer to at least have some mascara and lipstick on.

  10. Anita

    I’m being honest here and say no, not at all. Very rarely I don’t have the time to put on make-up and I feel really, really uncomfortable then. I’m just pretty messed up in general right now, very low on self-confidence, lonely, sad, just not in a good place at all (there are a lot of reasons for that), and the worse I feel, the more make-up I wear. But at least it’s not just kind of a mask to the world (which to some degree it certainly is given my current state of mind), but often the only thing I still enjoy and makes me feel somewhat better, so I guess that’s something.

    • liz

      awww, I hope things look up for you soon! Huuggggss

    • I hope you feel better soon. I have been there myself and have had things turn around! This too will pass.

    • I know exactly how this feels, Anita. Makeup can be therapeutic. But I feel like I hear your heart in this comment, and without even seeing you, I know you are beautiful.

      Personally, I don’t like how I look without makeup and worry people will think I’m ugly. But I’ve gone makeup free the last three days while moving cross country, and even this short break has made me more comfortable with my naked face.

  11. Avatar of Linda Linda

    YES!! I really despise wearing makeup most days just because I am ..well…lazy. Other than work, I am always not wearing makeup. I am comfortable in my own skin and prefer to be makeup less. :)

  12. Veronica

    I never go without any makeup anymore. When my skin was clear and actually looked nice all i wore was mascara and eyeliner. Now I feel I have to wear at least foundation, fill in my eyebrows (mine are really sparse), mascara and a bit of eyeshadow to just define the eyes (mine are hooded). That is the minimum that I’ll wear. I usually never wear blush or highlighter (only for certain looks) and I don’t go anywhere near bronzer.

  13. I have absolutely no problem with traveling or doing groceries without any make up. I do prefer some make up when I go shopping, or partying. It makes me feel more confident and that’s what I need in those situations.

  14. Yes, I do it every day :)

  15. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    I have some redness on my cheeks, so I’m not comfortable without at least a little bit of base makeup on my face. I’ll go out with just tinted moisturizer on, though.

    I usually wear eye makeup, though, because it’s the fun part of me getting ready each day!

  16. Jessica

    No way! I see girls at my university with acne scars and other “imperfections” on display for the world to see, but I couldn’t let anyone see me with out my makeup. All I wear is foundation/powder, blush, mascara, and lipstick, so I’m not at all clown-faced. My face isn’t clear so I don’t want to show that to other people, for there sake and mine, LOL.

    • Kym

      Same here. My skin is not as clear as I would want it to be so I never (or veeery rarely) step out without makeup. And the crazy thing is that I get compliments on how “beautiful” my skin is and I always feel like laughing when I hear that.

      • Avatar of Julie Julie

        You know, if people are telling you your skin is beautiful, then you probably don’t have too much of a problem. Chances are, you may be seeing yourself incorrectly! I always go without makeup, have had and still do have acne ravaged skin. I use makeup, when I feel like it. My skin treats me better when I let it out of its makeup cage! I have had people who were genuinely curious ask me “How do you deal with your skin looking like that everyday and smile?” I know it can sound very mean, and some people I know would have turned around and just smacked the man. The reason was, he had a brother who was having problems, and wanted to know if I had any advice. So, yeah, you are probably good to go! lol

  17. Absolutely! I wasn’t always, but my sophomore year in college (about 4-5 years ago) I made leaps and bounds in my self-esteem and challenged myself to go to somewhere other than the gym with absolutely no makeup on. I’d do my hair and wear normal clothes and simply wear no makeup. It was liberating the first time I realized I could look a person in the eye and command just as much respect as I could when wearing a full face of makeup. I do usually make time to do it most mornings just because I enjoy doing it and it is my “zen” time, but I have no problem if I don’t.

  18. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Not really. I have always had dark under-eye circles but as I’ve got older and paler, they appear darker (and, of course, age hasn’t helped) so if nothing else, I always put some sort of under-eye concealer on. I’m fine with everything else except that.

  19. EH

    Yes, I’m make-up free when I go grocery shopping, working out at the gym, going for walks, playing with my kids at the park etc. I love the feel and look of freshly cleansed skin topped with a good moisturiser.

  20. julia

    NO! I put a little on when I wake up in the morning to see my husband off to work, shower and take it off when he’s gone so I can do my housework and put on a proper full face before he gets home.

  21. Avatar of Amanda Amanda

    Yes, I usually only wear makeup on the weekends or during the week if I have the time. Getting up early to do my makeup usually never happens. Looking at my makeup collection you would think that I wore it everyday but that’s not the case!

  22. Sabrina

    I’m a bit yes and no. I work in a very competitive environment and its hard to be taken seriously as i’m quite petite and apparently look younger than i am. So at work i NEED to wear make up as it gives me a boost of confidence to know i look my best, plus it helps me look a bit more my age. But at home or whenever i’m not at work, i rarely wear it, unless its a very special occasion.

  23. Avatar of Raquel Raquel

    not really but it depends on each day spirit. i don’t like my skin, it’s oily, discolourated and has LARGE pores by the sides of my nose ( below my eyes, towards the cheeks). all this together makes me feel very insecure..

  24. Yellowlantern

    I’m perfectly comfortable with it. Most of the people here do not wear anything anyway, I’m sort of the odd man out for wearing any makeup at all.

  25. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    I’m comfortable with it (and living in NYC, you see all sorts of crazy people, so I know I won’t look the craziest). That said, I prefer to wear a little bit of something, and when my husband and I take after-dinner walks, I find that a fun time to try out a new, bright lipstick that I’m still getting comfortable with :)

  26. JJ

    I was just talking to my girlfriends about this! Lol. I leave my house without makeup, which is EVERYDAY! I’m one of those girls that does it up, full face the whole bit when I’m going out on the town. Otherwise, you’re seeing me AU NATURALE every single day. But! I cannot leave my house without filling in my eyebrows. Us girls with glasses need that bold eyebrow =) But a full face of makeup every day? Nah.

  27. cassie

    Yes totally.
    More often than not, my face is bare, although I have made a commitment to start making a dent in my ridiculous collection, so lately I wear more makeup than ever.

    • megan

      I know what you mean about your collection! I just posted how I don’t wear makeup that often…but I really should cause I have so much of up :)

  28. Not really, but it depends on where I’m going. If I’m just running into the drugstore or something then I don’t really mind. But I would never go shopping or out to eat with no makeup on.

  29. Jackie

    I rarely go *completely* without makeup, just because I’ve gotten to the point where it feels weird to not at least have foundation and lipstick on. But on weekends I usually keep it pretty minimal, and I’ll occasionally go out to breakfast first thing in the morning without any makeup.

  30. Absolutely. I pretty minimal during the week maraca, lip colour and eyeshadow maybe. It’s the evening and weekend I wear a bit more then that. ;)

  31. Christina

    Yes, absolutely. Sure, we all look better with it on but I am perfectly fine leaving the house sans cosmetics. Plus, I’m a gym rat — makeup is my only “girlie” indulgence — and I absolutely, positively will not wear any makeup while pumping iron. Love makeup but there’s a time and place for everything.

    • Elaine

      I hear ya! I refuse to wear makeup when I work out because I sweat too much and look like a hot mess by the end anyways. If i’m wearing makeup I look even worse! Plus, if you look great by the end of your workout then you aren’t trying hard enough :P

  32. I would have always said I felt comfortable without makeup, and never wanted to be a person who couldn’t leave the house without it. But lately I’ve been having really really bad breakouts, I’ve always been acne prone but this is the worst it’s ever been. I’ve been so self concious about it that if I woke up too late to put something on before a lecture I just didn’t go…or spend the day with my hands over my face, feeling terrible about myself, which isn’t fun.
    So yeah I’d say that on a good skin day I’m fine, but if not I feel very uncomfortable without concealer.

    • I hope you find something that helps with your breakouts soon because it can be such a confidence-killer and make you feel terrible. I went through a period where I consistently had cystic acne breakouts on both sides of my face and it took a huge toll on the way I viewed myself. I tried everything except Acutane and the thing that has worked for me has been Purpose face cleanser and the Clarisonic. Something about using the brush has really helped my acne like nothing else. I hope you find something that helps you get back to feeling good about your skin! :)

  33. Avatar of Dee Dee

    Yes, although I always wear it to work (even if just some TM and concealer). But if I’m just running, errands, etc, I can go with just moisturizer and chapstick on.

  34. When I am mega adamant about my skin care routine then I feel fine but if I’ve been slacking and have some breakouts I feel like I need ATLEAST a light layer of foundation

  35. i’d never go out without any makeup, but definetely with minimal makeup!

  36. Leila

    Perfectly comfortable. For me, I wear makeup as an enhancement, not as a mask. I’m not hiding behind anything, so there’s no need to be uncomfortable. It’s funny, the more I wear makeup, the more comfortable I become wearing none.

    My feelings are that makeup can be for fun, make me look more groomed, glamourous, but never a necessity. Honestly, if I ever got to the stage where I couldn’t leave the house without it on, it would just be a chore. I just love playing with colours and seeing all the different looks I can create.

  37. Kate

    Nope, not there yet.

  38. I am absolutely fine with it since I can get lazy in the mornings sometimes. I like feeling “pretty” with makeup but I’m the first to dispense of “pretty” for comfort. XD

  39. It depends. I prefer to wear makeup when I’m out with my girlfriends, but my guy friends prefer it when I don’t wear any makeup. =P

  40. I used to be, nowadays not so much. But lately I’ve just been wearing BB cream and a bit of mascara, more or less, when I go out. I’m really not confident about my skin so I prefer to hide it, not going to lie.

  41. Avatar of Jen Jen

    I am, even when I look like crap. Everyone should feel entitled to walk in public in the skin nature gave them. But I understand the pressure people feel to wear it at all times.

    When my company laid some people off a few years ago, the two women they picked were two of the few who never wore makeup. So I don’t feel safe going to work without it anymore. It just goes to show just how much pressure there is on women to include makeup as part of basic hygiene, while men just need to get a decent haircut, keep their facial hair in order and wear decent clothes. Not fair at all.

    • AGREED! Can you imagine how easy it would be to just throw on some clothes, make sure your hair looked passable and your face was appropriately shaved and go to work?!? Also, whilst wearing lace-up flat comfortable shoes? If men had to wear makeup and heels for a week (AND A DAMN BRA!!), they wouldn’t be lovin’ it, LOL!

  42. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    Not at all. However, since I’ve become a mother, I have had little time to make myself up thoroughly. But I always put some color on my lips and some mascara on the lashes. Just so that no one calls me “sir”. :)

  43. Avatar of Marjorine Marjorine

    Definitely not!! Everytime when I’m in school without makeup, my best friend asks me if I am sick or something, and other people tend to make other snarky comments. :( Probably because everyone just know me with makeup..

  44. Andrea

    I’m not comfortable mainly because of my post-acne marks. I think I’d be a bit more comfortable with going out w/o makeup if I didn’t have them, but then again, even when my face is more cleared up and you can’t see the marks as much, I still feel uncomfortable if I don’t wear makeup. I guess I just like looking polished when I go out as often as I can, it just makes me happy! Not just makeup, but I simply love making my hair look pretty, wearing nice clothing, wearing jewelry/accessories, etc.

    • Same here! ^^ If I didn’t have acne scarring, I would probably be all easy-breezy about going bare faced, too! It’s harder to feel that way when you have marks on your skin that you’re not especially fond of.

  45. Yes. However, I tend not to wear makeup on a day-to-day basis, and am actually less comfortable with makeup on. :)

  46. Avatar of Hannah Stella

    I wish I could answer differently, but I absolutely am not comfortable going out without makeup on. The ONLY time I will is if I am going to the dermatologist.
    I have terrible skin right now and it’s painful for me to look at myself, much less subject anyone else to that. I also have light brows and lashes (redhead), so even if my skin were clear (DREAM), I feel so plain and ugly without some color on my lashes and brows.
    Generally, my routine is just: foundation, powder, blush, mascara, and brow color. I almost never do a full face.I just am really not comfortable without foundation :(

  47. Whenever I leave the house without my make up, I fell as if I am letting myself go… I feel beatten. Defeated. Make up makes is my present to myself. My private celebration of me. Not a mask, a statement!

  48. liz

    yeah, for the most part… I mean I usually prefer natural make up anyway so I just apply a few quick high-preformance products to enhance how I look. I get pretty bad dark under-eye circles if I don’t sleep much though, and I really prefer to cover them if nothing else.

  49. Fliss

    Absolutely! I’m really relaxed about it and it’s a conscious decision to actually wear it.

    I have only just started wearing it for work daily (age 33) because I am now looking a little older skin-wise.

  50. I always make sure my face is on before I go outside.. even if I’m running late I’ll be even later to make sure I have (my) bare minimum; foundation/eyeliner/mascara/brows/blush.
    I have terrible skin, cystic acne and dark circles around my eyes.. the foundation doesn’t make my acne invisible, but it does make my skin look slightly more even toned and that’s enough for me!

  51. Ru

    Not really. I have acne scars and some mild rosacea and it just generally feels a bit embarassing to be without makeup. I would never go sans makeup to work, a social event, or out with friends. But I have gone without it for long car rides and short trips/errands.

  52. Avatar of Nikki This Nikki is a NC30

    I only wear makep about 25% of the time. Mostly on the weekends or at night. Less in the summer than winter. There’s something so lovely and organic and human about bare faces. I think it’s attractive. I have a friend who is always made up, and I saw her once with zero makeup on and she was so pretty. Her face had color and dimension and her eyes looked so light. Who knows, maybe there was a couple pimples or scars, but I didn’t notice and a sincerely doubt anyone else did either.

  53. VickyM

    Honestly, no. I always have some makeup on atleast lipstick and concelear on undereye circles, that is the bare minimum. The few times that I have gone out without makeup, have been because I felt extemely sick and on my way to the doctor, because of an emergency otherwise and this doesn´t happen often thankfully. I feel uncomofortable without makeup outside of the house…

    • VickyM

      However makeup to me is lipliner, that is then erased by lipstick on top of it, concelear on undereye circles, mascara and blush. I´m soon going to buy an eyeshadow too probably, but I don´t use foundation so to a girl I know my face is always bare since I don´t use foundation or powder…

  54. Avatar of T Violet Lee

    I am now but I didn’t used to be, I used to be the type that always had to have on mascara and eye liner or I felt uncomfortable. Ironically, the more skilled I got and the more I tried different make-ups techniques, the more comfortable I got with going without make-up. Now I just see it as a different type of look and not intrinsically “ugly”.

  55. I used to wear a full face every morning, because I had to wear heavy foundation to cover my acne and the rest balanced it out. Plus, I liked it! My skin has gotten a little better, so now I’m more comfortable in light makeup. If I’m in a rush I won’t wear a lot, but sometimes I add more later in the day.

  56. I know I’m not ugly, but I do prefer to wear makeup outside of the house since it looks more polished. When I’m in Asia though if I’m not wearing makeup I’m wearing a medical mask to cover up my face! Especially when I was in Japan it is a society norm to wear makeup so the moments I’m not wearing it I cover my face.

  57. Avatar of aykhan akhan

    Definitely, yes. I usually wear makeup to work during the week, unless I’m bicycle commuting, in which case I apply a little when I get to work (powder foundation, blush, mascara, lip colour). I usually only wear makeup on weekends if we’re going out in the evening. Sometimes I wear a bit of powder to reduce the shininess of my high SPF sunscreen if I’m out running errands.

  58. Avatar of lipstickismyvice Lou

    I didn’t start wearing make up until 2007. It doesn’t seem like a long time however it depends on how i am dressed if i feel comfortable leaving the house without make-up. If i am wearing sweat pants and a t-shirt i feel comfortable not wearing make up. If i have on a dress or if i am dressed up then I don’t feel as comfortable.

  59. Caroline

    Not on your life! I won’t even take the garbage out without mascara :-(

  60. Good for you, Christine! That’s a great place to be! <3

    I'm fine not wearing it everywhere but to work or to a nice function. Since I wear it daily to work, I feel like people would think I'm sick if I wasn't wearing it! I wish my skin looked as good in the AM as it does at night b/c I'd totally rock out sans face paint during the day! It's always been that way – I have more color and it looks healthier in the evenings!

  61. Avatar of Faith Faith

    I’m chronically ill so I don’t leave the house all that much. When I do it tends to be a big deal so I like to wear make-up unless I’m seeing a doctor – they tend not to take you seriously if you look healthy and glowing! Make-up just tends to make me look a lot more human and less sick so I do feel like it’s something of a necessity in certain circumstances. It’s not that I don’t feel comfortable without, it just can be such a bummer to see my ‘sick face’ staring back at me.

  62. Yasmin

    I go out without makeup more times than i do with makeup. Im the type of person that if im going to put makeup on my face, i like to go all the way, i.e everything done, including cosmetic lens, false lashes, hair done too. Which takes me about 1.5hours to two hours. And lately id rather have that extra 2 hours in bed, than spend it doing my makeup. If i have the time ill do it. But lately i havent had the time. So id rather go without.

  63. Emily

    Overall, not really. But all I really wear on a quick out the door day is mascara and under eye concealer, maybe some blush if I feel like it. I just like putting on makeup because it’s fun for me, something to enjoy about getting ready in the mornings.

  64. RM

    We are not allowed to wear makeup at work, so like it or not, it’s a bare face at 7am every day!

  65. Hm. Comfortable? Yes, I guess so. But powder and an eyelash curler make a big difference to me.

  66. Avatar of Patricia Patsyann

    I never wore makeup until about a year ago when I found some of these wonderful blogs online that taught me how to properly apply it. Now, I am enjoying wearing makeup and I prefer to at least put some concealer and foundation on before going out of the house, even if it is just to run to the market.
    I am a “mature” girl and I think someone in my age bracket looks better when she is a bit more polished and put together looking than just “au natural”. So, a year into discovering makeup, I find myself much more comfortable wearing at least a foundation or tinted moisturizer/sunscreen and a bit of concealer under eyes and lipstick as well when leaving the house.

  67. Kat

    I always at least wear powder foundation when I’m running out of the house for quick errands.

  68. megan

    Even when I was REALLY into makeup I felt comfortable leaving the house w/o it. And now it’s my default…like 7 out of 10 times I leave the house its w/o makeup.
    I never understood women who PUT ON makeup just to go to the gym. Aren’t you going to sweat it off anyway?!

  69. I very rarely wear make up outside my house, mainly because I feel I don’t have enough products.

  70. I never leave home without makeup!!! Even going to the beach or running to the grocery store, I always have on a light dusting of face powder, mascara and lip gloss.

  71. Isabell

    No, not at all. Mostly because of my skin; it’s pale, red, with some acne, large pores *and* quite dark circles under my eyes. It’s a mess. And my brows are invisible. I basically look like a grey alien without makeup.

  72. Avatar of Mallory Mallory

    I rarely wear makeup, putting on makeup is just something I do for fun! So yes I have always felt more comfortable wearing a bare face out in public than wearing a full face of makeup.

  73. During the work week I wear a full face of makeup and I love doing it. Weekends total opposite. I wear just moisturizer and lipgloss to run around except when I’m going out for the evening. I’m 49 and I’m pretty comfortable in my skin, warts and all. To paraphrase Jay-Z, “I got 99 problems but makeup ain’t one”.

  74. Michelle Z

    Definitely comfortable! For me personally, I actually feel more free with makeup because I know that even though I don’t look like a bombshell (and I don’t need to everyday!), I don’t have to worry about anything smudging, caking, etc. And if you’re worried about people judging you, always remember: those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.

  75. Avatar of Kathryn KEG

    I do it all the time, I ride my bike a lot-so no expects me to be wearing it anyway

  76. Rachel

    I am comfortable with going shopping at a big mall with no makeup but if I am going to school I am likely to wear at least concealer. I have redness on my face and I prefer to have it covered. Of course if my friends saw my redness it’s not the end of the world. I do notice that if I wear makeup while shopping I get more attention from sales girls but when I wear no makeup I’d be treated as invisible (most of the time).

  77. Avatar of Mar Mar

    I love the questions lately, Christine!

    I’m absolutely comfortable with it. I think the best thing anyone can do in their lives is learning how to love themselves and their imperfections first. Makeup is a great way for me to present my personality and exude certain aspects of my personality. It’s fun but it doesn’t feel like I need it. And I think getting to that point in how I view myself has been the best for myself and how I teach my children to see themselves. If I’m short on time but desire makeup, I’ll fill in my brows before I go (I have hyperthyroidism so the brows are the single largest makeup boost I can get) and I’m comfortable running out the door. It really does make makeup purchases fun for me. It becomes all about what I think is fun and fits who I am and less about what I need to feel comfortable.