By Briana Soto
True life: I haven’t worn foundation in over six-months (gasp). Mind you, my skin is nowhere near “perfect”. I have pores, pigmentation, texture, redness, uneven skin tone, so on and so forth. After cutting foundation cold-turkey, however, I’ve come to view myself and my own beauty in a new, more honest light. I would be lying if I said this was an easy thing to do. I mean, foundation is literally the foundation for a flawless makeup look.
If you think about it, foundation isn’t technically needed, it all boils down to personal preference. So, I guess now is a good time for the disclaimer: if foundation is an unquestionable step in your makeup routine, that’s great! But, by the end of this article, I will challenge you to skip foundation for a day. You might even change your mind.
More Beauty Sleep
I get to set my alarm about 30 minutes later than I normally would if I had to apply foundation in the morning. With more beauty sleep, I don’t have to worry about concealing dark circles and tired, puffy skin since I’m fully rested. The best part is that I’ve been able to minimize my entire makeup routine. During the work/school week, I tend to only use a brow gel, mascara, and concealer to only spot conceal any blemishes or areas that need a little more TLC. No hassle. No foundation. No problem.
The purpose for foundation is to create an even, seemingly clear complexion. Although this sounds like an absolute dream, excessive use of foundation can lead to more acne and clogged pores. Of course, if you properly and consistently remove your makeup every night and follow up with effective skincare, using foundation frequently shouldn’t be a big issue. Yet, in regard to my skin, I found that foundation was doing more harm than good. My blackheads were prominent and my pores doubled in size, which prompted me to slather on even more foundation. Because of this dilemma, I decided to give my skin a break for about a week. And that week turned into months. I finally let my skin breathe and it thanked me to say the least. By focusing on the overall betterment of my skin, foundation became a thing of the past. My motto is simple: Skin first. Makeup second (Thanks, Glossier).
Embrace the Skin You’re In
This might sound like a cliché, but completely cutting foundation out of my makeup routine has allowed me to gradually embrace the skin I’m in. Like I said before, I do have quite a lot of “flaws” and “imperfections” that visit my skin from time to time. Believe me, having a couple of breakouts can bring anyone’s self-esteem down. Despite this, I am able to accept my flaws without having to reach for foundation as a quick, temporary fix. Because let’s face it: when we remove all of our makeup at the end of a long day, we are left with our bare, au natural skin. But this isn’t something to be ashamed about. All of our “flaws” make us who we are and they don’t in any way whatsoever make us any less beautiful.
Now it’s your turn: I challenge you, dear reader, to give your skin and you a break. Put down the foundation and embrace your natural beauty. You’ll thank me later.
Featured image: Glossier