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  1. Lee says

    I love this concept, a makeunder. And when I read “it’s harder to stare at myself and pick up on flaws.” That is sooo true! I noticed the longer I was in the mirror or the longer I started at a picture of myself I would notice more flaws and want to “fix” more or change something. It’s a lot easier and makes me feel better to just have and keep that first initial though of I look good, I am beautiful and keep it moving. Even if I feel the look is just okay it’s better than staring and finding things to give unnecessary attention to.

    • LauraJ says

      I think it’s somehow hardwired into our brains to scrutinise. And it’s funny because when you look at a celebrity you like, you just keep noticing all their good things. It’s a really hard habit to break.
      So I agree, I cut mirror time down to a minimum.

      • Lee says

        Yeah! Noticing all the good things about a celebrity is where a lot of us go wrong, mainly because they have a lot of money to buy nicer things, have great stylists, and even change their appearance to their liking. Otherwise the majority would appear like everyone else admiring

        • LauraJ says

          I think when you find out that someone is famous, you just naturally look at them differently. And with social-media now, people feel as if they know them and they become fixated and just want to emulate whatever they do.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl for reading! I kind of wish I had read something similar a few years back – when I was in my…red lip, smokey eye, lots of contour, over-filled eyebrow stage! xx

  2. hudapervez says

    Thankfully I have never really minded getting out the house without my hair done and not a speck of makeup on my face. I love getting ready- doing my makeup, hair and wearing cute outfits because it is genuinely fun for me and I just automatically feel good after doing that but on days where I’m super lazy; I will definitely not force myself to do it. I can see why it is hard these though, with everyone having their Makeup and outfits on point on Instagram, others are bound to feel self conscious and look for perfection!
    It is so great that you decided to have a make under, hopefully this can inspire others to do the same! xx

    • LauraJ says

      I’m actually not the biggest fan of a lot of the makeup looks on Instagram. Like the over highlighting. But I think whether you like them or not, just seeing people do it, adds pressure and makes you think…maybe I need to?
      I’m glad I finally had a makeunder. I will still enjoy getting ready, just minor the pressure! xx

  3. questionsfromateenager says

    YES GIRL, YES. Such an important topic! I used to be a total beauty junkie (there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that) but as I grew up I started to simplify my daily make-up routine more and more. I am at that stage where I now feel comfortable going out without makeup. I feel like myself with and without make-up. I’ve learned that sometimes you just don’t want to get ready in the morning and that’s okay. Everything needs a break once in a while. LOVE this post!

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!! I came across a photo the other day of me wearing bright pink lipstick and gloss, drawn on eyebrows, a dark grey smokey eye and then covered in blush and bronzer to finish it off.
      I think as you get older, you naturally start to feel more comfortable. Glad you feel comfortable going without makeup! I’ve come across so many girls who are petrified to let their boyfriend see them without. x

  4. cherilyndoes says

    I definitely have a makeunder on my days off! 😉 When I look good, I feel good, and I walk with my head higher and with my confidence on my sleeve. However, I can also achieve this feeling with a makeunder. Some days I feel I look better with just mascara and lip balm. It’s all about how I am feeling that day. Some days I require a bit more pampering to leave the house with confidence. 😉
    Great post! Thank you for sharing your wonderful and inspiring insight. <3 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Cherilyn! I agree that depending on the days, your beauty preferences will differ. Like if I’m having a terrible hair day, I will probably try to look more glamorous in the face.
      It’s a great feeling though knowing that you can feel good with and without makeup! 🙂 x

  5. ughmango says

    This was such a powerful post! I love it. I have slowly started to wear less makeup too and my goal is to go outside without any makeup one day and still feel good about myself! I do go outside all naturally but I then I usually start to regret not doing anything for my face. I am so happy that you succeeded in your makeunder and feel good about yourself! You go girl xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! I’m sure you look amazing without makeup but I completely get where you are coming from. There is a lot of pressure on Instagram to have that ‘look’ and I guess in life in general. Women are usually taught that they look better with more stuff. xx

  6. randomthoughtsbyhaya says

    Love your photos!
    I’m also usually more made under than other girls my age. I’ve always been behind in the makeup field compared to everyone else and I just learned how to properly apply eyeliner I used to feel so bad that I didn’t know how to do any of the fancy things everyone else did with their makeup, but I’m actually happy with just applying eyeliner and lipstick I think I look great in it

    • LauraJ says

      I’m a huge fan of eyeliner and lipstick. I usually have to have mascara though if I do eyeliner just to open up my eyes.
      There’s nothing wrong in not knowing all the techniques. I think natural makeup itself can be a hard technique.

  7. Beyoutiful says

    I can totally relate! I always do very subtle makeup with just a quick eyeliner and a bold lip & I’ve been pretty happy with my look. I feel that too much makeup is very unnecessary and just hides the natural face. It only takes me 10 min and makes me feel more confident that I don’t that much makeup to show my real face. Like you mentioned, even though a lot of girls out there are applying so much makeup since that’s trend, I just do what’s best for me and just stick with a simple routine cuz that’s what makes me beautiful. Lovely post girl and love your pics. You look pretty <3

    • LauraJ says

      That’s what’s key…doing what’s best for you. And I think I was trying to get across that before I was wearing a lot of makeup, not because I wanted to or because I liked the look. I just felt the pressure.
      But wearing what you want to wear simply because you are happy..that’s the ultimate aim.
      And how good is it being able to do it all in 10 mins! It used to be so stressful going out and trying to make time to get ready. x

  8. Infinite Living says

    I absolutely agree with the freedom and empowerment of make-up being a choice! I love all the glamor and pamper yet I feel so free to choose to use my time as I see fit – not with the compulsion of having to look a certain way. I too love red lipstick and can get ready in 10 mins, not the best hair I can have but definitely content if feeling my best.

    • LauraJ says

      I’m terrible at hair! Mine pretty much looks the same all the time and so even if I had an hour to style it, it would still be bad! But a red lip is straightforward and non time-consuming.
      Having the freedom to choose when to pamper yourself and to be okay with and without, that’s a really confident thing to have. Thank you for reading and sharing your input.

  9. Melina Elisa | Ivefoundwaldo says

    This is a great post. At first when I read the title, I thought why would I want to have a makeunder. I am totally for makeup. I kept reading, and got completely where you were coming from. I love makeup. On weekends, I love playing around with my eye shadows and seeing what kind of looks I can come up with. It’s a way to express myself. When I first starting wearing makeup, I could see how much it improved the way I looked, and it really made me self-conscious without makeup. I mean, sometimes I still get like that, but I only wear makeup on weekends now. It makes me “come to terms” with my face and how I look. I guess I gave myself a minor makeunder without even thinking about it xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • LauraJ says

      That’s exactly how I felt! I started learning how to apply makeup and suddenly I received far more compliments. And then I felt that I looked bad without and needing to keep it up. But I also think when you have spots, it’s that much harder to try and look natural.
      For expression, makeup is amazing though and I always liked trying to imitate some of the Hollywood stars and old icons. xxx

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