Cubalah: No Makeup

Makeup was never a part of my regular routine. 

Heck, I used to think wearing makeup was lame because it’s what most girls do and I didn’t want to be like most girls. Yes, I was that girl. (Let’s leave this problematic discussion for a different post, shall we.) 

Soon enough, I discovered how fun it was and how expressive it can be.

Once I started using makeup on the daily, I started to feel ugly without it. I hated walking out of the house without makeup, especially foundation. I have hyper-pigmentation and acne scars, so I seek comfort in using foundation everyday to even out my skin tone. As of late, though, I’ve resorted to using only concealer on my problem areas because who the fuck has the time of day to blend that shit on your face?

My best friend told me that I am beautiful even without makeup but I didn’t believe it, so I decided to see how it would be like to go out without makeup for a week. Disclaimer: I wore makeup on Day 6 because I had an event to go to. 

[Bear in mind that even before I took on this challenge, I never used to wear makeup everyday.]

It was fairly easy for me when I initially started this challenge because all I did was stay at home and run errands. However, when my friends started asking me out, I became real anxious because it’s been a long time since I’ve gone out with no makeup on. 

I then came up with a concept: kalau muka tak berapa nak on point, then outfit kena on point. 

I didn’t take photos of my ootds everyday but on Day 2 I decided to pair my pink jumpsuit from Primark with an oversized thrifted denim jacket and pink Primark sneakers.

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I even wore lipsticks/lip glosses because I didn’t like looking dead, even though lipsticks are basically makeup but oh welp.

“I love the whole no makeup and dark lip look. I love smokers!” – @prayingfodick

I decided to take advantage of the fact that my face was going to be bare for a week by making DIY face masks and wearing sheet masks to repair and rejuvenate my skin.

My skin has been really dull and all I wanted to do was brighten it as well as get rid of my acne scars, at least a little if not completely. So what I did was Google face masks for brightening your skin and the results showed nothing but turmeric face masks, which was perfect. I knew living in an Asian household that we’ll always have turmeric powder lying around.


Here’s how you make it:

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon honey

  • Mix the two ingredients together and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse and scrub your face after to remove any yellow residue that might stain your face afterwards.

I’ve used this mask 3 times this week and it was amaze! I could honestly see results after only 3 uses.

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This week also gave me the opportunity to clean my makeup brushes, which doesn’t come as often as it should. I’m always so so so lazy to wash my brushes padahal it’s such an easy process!

If you have the tools to wash your makeup brushes, then it should be way easier for you, so you don’t really have an excuse.

What I usually do is grab a bowl with water in it, grab some shower gel and start brushing them against the palm of my hand. After that, I’ll squeeze out whatever gunk is in the brushes into the bowl then rinse.

It’s really easy….I’m just a lazy bitch.

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My takeaway from this challenge is that I didn’t need makeup to be or feel beautiful.

Honestly, when I didn’t wear makeup, no one noticed or even cared that I wasn’t wearing makeup.

My best friend didn’t notice until I told him.

I thought it mattered to other people whether or not I wore makeup, but the only person who truly cared was me.

It also meant that I didn’t have to spend so much time getting ready before going out. When I do wear makeup, it takes me on average 1 hour just to beat my face, whereas when I didn’t it took me around 10 – 15 minutes and I was already out the door. That was my favourite thing during this challenge, lol.

It meant that I had extra time watching Netflix (Currently hooked on Jane The Virgin Season 2. If you’re watching it too, hmu. I’m team Rafael).

By midweek, I’m not gonna lie, I was so done with not wearing makeup and I couldn’t wait to start wearing makeup again.

It was probably because I was forcing myself to not wear makeup for this challenge as oppose to not wearing it because I didn’t want to. So I guess if you wanna wear makeup, then wear makeup. If you don’t then it’s totally OK. No one’s gonna care (except probably makeup snobs, they’re the worst).

You don’t need makeup to feel beautiful because you already are beautiful. If you don’t truly love the skin you’re in then how do you expect to love another person and have them love you?

After this challenge, whenever I’m lazy to put makeup on I know I don’t have to and I’m still a cutie patootie walking around bare-faced.

P.S. My skin cleared up on Day 7! Results! (Refer to feature image.)


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