My Journey To Confidence Without Makeup

Today’s post is one that has been a long time coming, but I wanted to wait until the right time to post it. Over the last 6 months or so, I have been working really hard on developing my self confidence. Up until the beginning of this year, I was too scared to even leave the house without a full face on. However, after I realised how ridiculous it was that I couldn’t feel comfortable in the natural skin I was born with, I decided it was time to make some changes.

Self Confidence Affirmations

One of the ways that has helped me try to embrace my skin is trying to first convince myself that there is nothing wrong with acne, dark circles and discolouration. Nobody is perfect, and there are people out there who feel the same as me. Yes there will always be somebody with naturally radiant and glowy skin, but I don’t need to aspire to be like them. I am me, and this is the skin I was given. This has taken a while to sink in, but here we are!

As I type this, I am currently sitting in a public cafe without makeup on and not a care in the world! In my eyes, that definitely counts for something.

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Wearing less makeup

One of the first steps I took was gradually reducing the amount of makeup I was wearing daily. This doesn’t mean I now don’t ever wear makeup, I still adore it, but I just don’t feel obligated to. Gradually reducing the amount of makeup I wore out really helped. This was also a slow and steady change, which I definitely needed. Eventually, I was leaving the house with just concealer, mascara and powder on. I also began to go makeup-free every other day or so, again to make a gradual change. This helped me get used to seeing myself without makeup on, and I began to see it as the norm.

Bare faced in public

The first time I did this, I was pretty terrified. All I kept thinking was ‘What if everyone stares at me? What if they judge and laugh at me?’. Soon after leaving my house and venturing into the busy high street, I quickly realised that nobody actually gave a crap. I was quite shocked, and realised what I thought would be a difficult outing, quickly turned into one like any other. Bare faced or not, no one cares what I look like!

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This has been a difficult journey for me, but one that I am proud I have made. I have gained confidence I never thought I would have, and it feels fantastic! Plus, wearing makeup less has actually helped my skin clear up a little, so it’s a win win situation.

I hope this post may convince others who have the same mindset that I used to that it is okay to embrace what you were born with. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re anything other than beautiful!

Lots of love to everyone,


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  1. This is amazing, I’m so happy for you! I really need to work on my confidence leaving the house without makeup because right now I don’t think I could do it! X

  2. This is such a great post! I understand how hard the journey to be more comfortable in your skin is. When I was in high school I had really bad acne and I used to never be able to go out without makeup and that really hurt my confidence. It took me a while to get comfortable without it but I did one step at a time. Now I’m in well into college and rarely break out with some acne scars from before and can honestly say I feel great even without makeup. Good luck on your journey girl! You’re making good progress!

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  3. Well done Yasmin. It’s pleasing to read you are feeling happier within yourself. It’s so easy for us to compare ourselves and worry about what others may think. As long as you are happy, comfortable and confident. That’s all that matters. Life is hard enough at times! KD x

  4. This is awesome! I’ve struggled with acne my whole life, so going without makeup is always a struggle. I think getting older has helped me get over what other people think as well.

  5. That’s amazing! It’s so great that you’ve done that for yourself. I don’t think it matters if you want to go without makeup with a full face of makeup as long as you do it for yourself not other people.
    It wonderful to be able to celebrate any victory!

  6. I no longer wear makeup to work. It was really hard to begin with because all the other girls wear makeup and look better, but I needed to focus on my skin and what was best for it! Confident is key, just own it! X

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