The Tale of Going Barefaced

If there is one aspect of the beauty world that I don’t give two hoots about, it’s going barefaced. Whether I’m popping out for a pint of milk or spending the whole day venturing outside the house I’m really not bothered if all that is veiling my complexion is moisturiser and a layer of SPF. It hasn’t always been this way. In my late teenage years I was a big believer in the miracles that a coat of mascara and a quick dab of concealer can do; two products which I still do believe in the power of. But it wasn’t until I reached my twenties that I realised that those quick swipes and strokes really aren’t necessary. Sometimes – ain’t nobody got time for that. It’s a threefold reason and a tale that I thought I’d cover for today’s instalment of me, myself and my laptop…

Firstly, no one cares. I highly doubt any fellow commuters standing in my carriage have ever pondered that my face was in need of a little extra coverage. “And that spot? What an eyesore”. Yep, not gonna happen. They’re more interested in Candy Crush.

Then there’s the aspect of moderation. I quite like the moment after a barefaced day or two when it comes to sitting myself back down on my dressing table chair. A little break is always good for the creative juices and it gets me excited for that day’s makeup menu. Lame but true. It makes me fall back in love with the pretty stuff all over again.

But most importantly – I like myself. Sure there are sometimes when I’m blowdrying my hair upside now, naked, and catch a flash of a few unflattering folds and ripples in the mirror but I forget about that episode as soon as someone offers me a biscuit. There are things that are wonky, small or big, but there are redeeming features that balance it all out and luckily although I inherited some questionable (read: hairy) traits from my father, I’ve got all the best bits of my Mum. Me and the mirror we’re friends. Not to a ‘every time I pass a car I check myself out in the mirror’ degree (anyone ever done that when there’s a passenger in the car?), but we get along.

A tale odeing to a love of barefaced being may seem a bit bizarre from a person who writes ditties about products every single day and has boxes of the stuff crammed into every single crevice of her flat, but the reason I love makeup so much is not because it’s necessary, but more it’s an accessory. It’s fun, creative, a way to experiment with colour (I know, I know – but I do sport the odd red lip from time to time).

So I guess my conclusion is that just because we’re a bunch makeup mavens, it doesn’t mean we have to paint the stuff on everyday. Beauty comes from within, barefaced or not, and the fact that it’s what inside that counts is a good thing for me because all that is concealed in my persons is a tray full of brownies and a Ben’s Cookie or two. And boy are they beautiful.


  • This is my favourite post of yours Anna, it was so heartfelt and honest. You’re right once people learn to love themselves makeup can become a fun accessory. I still have a lot to work on but hopefully I’ll be there soon. You are right, fellow commuters are mostly interested in candy crush, or catching the last dregs of sleep before the working day! You look gorgeous, as always!

  • Anna Blush

    I know exactly what you mean here Anna. Whilst I’m not brave enough to rock a bare face too frequently I do love that feeling the day after when I’m excited to get right back in to it. It’s so true that we should all love ourselves, makeup is just a bit of fun! x

  • Bonnie Garner

    I feel exactly the same. Working from home, I’m just happy with my bare face sometimes and will enjoy my beautiful makeup even more!

  • Leehe

    This is an amazing post. You don’t understand how much this means to not only me, but to the many girls that follow your blog. I love this and cannot thank you enough!

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  • Michelle

    Yes- LOVE this! All the makeup means nothing if you aren’t comfortable with yourself as you are x

  • Emily Folkes

    This was such an inspiring, lovely read. Thank you!

  • Bella

    I wish I could like this article 40 times. Very very well said. I wish I’d known this in my 20’s, but then again, better late than never! I am also happy to go barefaced when I don’t have to work or socialise. And yup, one still looks normal, and *no-one cares*. There was a time back when everyone was tweeting #nomakeupselfie like it was a thing: my FB profile pic had been a no makeup selfie forever, and it looks fine!

  • Girl, preach it! I use makeup when I have the time and when I feel like it. In no way is it a necessity for me. I’m 29 and I just got into makeup like…. 6 months ago, lol! (**all the cruelty free kinda products, i mean ^_^) Even with all my acne scars, I’m not afraid to go out bare-faced. Love this post, and love you! <3

  • elsa

    Oh Anna! thank you for this post, which is I guess sort of necessary these days. Also, I’m french and have lived in London, anyway I love the way you write! It reminds me of my time in the UK, of the british humor and way of thinking, so thanks! Really appreciate your blog and channel, both professional, lovely and inspiring!

  • you look absolutely stunning! Well done for having the confidence to do this x


  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Being comfortable in your skin is true beauty :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • Celine

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! x

  • Anna, this is by far the best post. Love it.
    And you nailed it: feeling good in one’s own skin is the key for beauty.
    I love make up – no question – but no make up can beat the inner glow 🙂
    Happy Easter.

  • Sophie Atherton

    Loved this Anna! So so true!! x

  • Kathy

    so sweet and well written! Lovely!!!!!!!

  • love love love this post. it’s so easy to get caught up in all of this and forget that it’s fun. Thank you for such a sweet and thoughtful post 🙂

  • oohh that was intense but very well said. nothing beats the innocence and beauty of a naked face. I’ve known people who more look stunning with their dark circles on than others with concealers.

  • alittlebitofjenn

    Great post, very refreshing to hear.

  • Great post Anna! I finally got to my 30’s and started to not care if I go out bare faced, Mainly because a small baby tends to take up a lot of time 😉

  • Taylor Munro

    Amazing, such an intelligent post. I just love you! And if you don’t mind I would love if you could check out my new blog

  • I really loved this post. As much as I love makeup I have to say that I prefer my bare face. Learning to love yourself is one of the most beautiful things in life.


  • Cupcakesandskirts

    I’ve got to be honest, as much as I love make-up, I am barefaced most of the time. Its so refreshing.


  • Charlotte Ward

    A lovely, inspiring blog post Anna! You look as good barefaced as you do with makeup, you’ve made my day happier seeing as I’m sat at my desk without any eye makeup due to oversleeping!

    Charlotte –

  • Sybil Mae
  • I always feel so naked without makeup but often I’m the only one who even sees my makeup and it’s just kindof silly! I actually decided not to wear any makeup today which is such a coincidence as you wrote this post ! 🙂

    Little Beauty Blog

    Elizabeth x

  • Emily

    Such a great post, very well written. You may have inspired me to go barefaced more often!:)

  • So true Anna. I go out to the shop more times than I care to mention with no scrap of make-up on whatsoever. Sure, the cashiers probably think I look like that 365 days a year but who cares?
    As long as you’re happy with your own skin then I feel you should embrace it 🙂

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  • Brook Dellar

    This is so true. Within the beauty world, we can all get a little caught up in the latest eyeshadow or the latest lip gloss and end up covering up the true us! May go barefaced more now! Lots of love x

  • Liza

    Perfect post, Anna!

  • Jenny

    I love this- it’s so true! There is nothing better than a good barefaced day or two. It keeps everything fun and fresh!

  • Hoorah! This is such a brilliant post, well done. I used to wear makeup every day for a corporate office job and it is not so refreshing to go out without a slick on my face.

    And if there are people out there who worry about what I look like without makeup, well the aren’t the type of people I want to have around.

  • Patrícia

    Great post!

  • Brilliant post! I definitely need to have some more no makeup days – you’ve inspired me to do so anyway! And fair play to you for liking yourself, I think we all need to show a little more self-love these days 🙂 x

  • Sandy

    Spot on, barefaced beauty is always the prettiest 🙂 xx

  • gcmiles17 .

    I agree with you. The problem with wearing lots of make-up every day is that if you are caught without it on a rare occasion, people ask “are you feeling ok?”. It is definitely important to be comfortable in your own skin, even if your own skin has its off days!

  • Tascha

    Well,unfortunately, People do care. I managed to be brave and go to school with just some mascara and my teacher said: oh, so you painted some circles on your face? What for? And everyone suddenly seems to think I’m terribly ill and asks me if I’m feeling well because ‘you look a bit red around your nose’. And I just don’t want to be the girl with the red nose you know?

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    This post was brilliant! I totally agree with you. And I often go out without makeup because I work out every day and working out with a face full of makeup is just not working for me 🙂

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Completely agree! When i stopped wearing makeup people kept asking me if i was sick but eventually they got used to it!

  • This is such a great post. More people should be going barefaced if they want to and not worry about what other people think because most of the time people will be thinking ‘wow, she looks stunning and she’s not even wearing makeup’.

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  • Beth

    Wonderful post with the winning line, “I like myself”. How few women of your age, correction any age (I’m nearly 42!) say those words. I luuuurrrvvve make up, but bare faced is who we are

  • Parisian To Be

    Ah, this post made me day. I always struggle with body image and that kind of stuff, but I’m rather sure that beauty comes from within. Makeup is so fun, and I get that, but I’m also a true believer that people are the most beautiful in their natural skin, hair, and complexion.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Gillian

    This post is lovely Anna. A real boost of confidence 🙂

  • Jessica Rose

    I don’t really think men notice make-up…only when…someone is wearing too much….most men’s eyes..tend to focus erm slightly below the neck!

  • Marine

    Great post, great point of view !

  • Lauren

    Love this post, You look lovely with & without makeup xx

  • Joycelyn Steib

    Great blog as usual. So down to earth and entertaining at the same time. My niece is interested in becoming a blogger and recommended your post to read and get inspired! Thanks a bunch for sharing with us!!

  • Regina

    Such an encouraging post! Thanks so much! I just found your blog about a month ago and I’m loving it 🙂

  • I’ve just turned 22 and am only just comfortable going out make-up free. I don’t wear heavy foundation anyway so I don’t feel like it’s that different be brave and barefaced. I love this post because all women should be able to feel comfortable, confident and beautiful leaving the house with no makeup.

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  • Love this post! Your skin is glowing! What I would ask, do you or does any one else know any GOOD products that help with hyper-pigmentation or acne scarring? I’d love to be able to wear no make-up but my mixed-race skin scars so badly x

  • Lidia

    Lovely lovely post


    I’m absolutely comfortable going barefaced anytime, anywhere. In fact, people would have to tell me in advance if they prefer me wearing makeup. My friends find it funny that I have pretty decent makeup skills but prefer to go barefaced, but I don’t really care. I just like being me (:

  • Tarte Tanya

    Lovely post, I wish more people thought this way.
    Your skin looks absolutely flawless may I add.
    I always like to remind myself when going barefaced even with a spot is that ‘I am human so pimples, redness and un-plucked eyebrows are allowed to happen’

  • Dani

    lovely post, nice refreshing look at beauty from within, which we all need reminding of every now and then

  • polly

    If you have nice skin then no, people don’t care. But for me if I don’t wear makeup I face a whole day of ‘are you feeling ok?’ or ‘you look ill’ or ‘you look really tired today’ (even though I’m wide awake & feeling great). It sucks. You’re so lucky that you have beautiful skin! You don’t need to wear makeup.. I have very blotchy skin with acne and unfortunately it ain’t going away anytime soon.. so make-up it is!

  • Hannah Griffin

    Absolutely perfectly written and said!

  • Lilian

    Great post! As for the ‘pass a car and check myself out in the mirror when there is a passenger inside’ part, I ALMOST did that one time when I didn’t have a mirror with me and wanted to see if my face was clean after a meal….luckily I realised someone was in the car quick enough and walked away…but that was embarrassing enough for me. LOL
    (disclaimer: I don’t check myself out in every mirror on my way. That was totally an accident. LOL)


  • ElisabethRilatt

    What a thoroughly fantastic post 🙂 I have to admit Anna, I’m not so great at venturing out in public with no make up. It’s a self confidence thing…however, after reading this I’ve had a brand new way of looking at things and you’re 100% right!


  • Moria

    great and inspiring post, makes you think

  • Oresiri teru

    Great post , I agree with you completely

  • Well said, Anna! This is a beautiful post and really this message should be sent out more often. Love yourself for who you are on the inside! That always shines through more than any amount of makeup we slap on our faces. Totally inspired, Anna!

  • Noisy Rain

    This is such an amazing post. I am getting to love your blog more and more everyday, between your lovely vlogs where you just show your happiest and most embarassing moments (hey to open the door to the post man in your shower towel) to these heart to heart posts. Louverlyy x

  • Sej

    I love this post! I think you’re quite right that it’s important to make peace with ourselves and realise that we’re our harshest critics.

    I like makeup as a means to subtly enhance certain features I like and to quietly hide my dark circles, but trying to achieve perfection is an unhealthy ideal. I don’t understand how some people have the energy for it.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?


  • lisa robb

    Great post!! Totally agree!!
    L x

  • sarazbeautytonic

    totally agree!i love makeup and skincare and stuff but i like to keep things bare and most of all my hubby love me to stay bare faced..its nice to be comfortable in your own skin and not feel pressurised to layer it on before u face the world!

  • Chloe Brass

    This is totally true being happy in yourself will always make you more confident and confidence is attractive and beautiful. Also yes I have done that when there’s been a passenger I was worried I was the only one! 🙂

  • Ashley

    I absolutely love this post. I really love that you have a passion for makeup and beauty products, but that you also do not mind going out bare faced. I think it’s important to share this with people and let others know that it’s ok to not wear makeup. I feel the exact same way.

    Thanks for sharing.

    xo Ashley

  • This is such a great post,thanks for the amazing thoughts(:

  • Bebeccalula

    Lovely post 🙂 Hear, hear.

  • millyw38

    I love this post!! I have in fact had a barefaced day today….just starting maternity leave I feel there may be quite a few of these to come and reading this does remind you that of course it’s ok to go bf’d and like you say… one really cares!!

  • Claire Wilkinson

    I love this post! So truthful, and I agree, when you go out, no one really notices if you have makeup or no makeup on! Thank you 🙂 xx

  • Great post! I have to agree. Also, if I might add, I find that going bareface every now and then also allows me to focus on taking care of my skin. I’ve been so into skincare more than ever lately, so this post really grabbed my attention and I’m glad I took the time to read it!

  • Cherie

    I love this so much! Its kind of what I think when I hear people saying that makeup is only worn because girls are insecure. Love your blog Anna!

  • Prettysnoopy

    You’re so inspirational Anna! My skin is nowhere near as good as yours, but if it was, I wouldn’t worry about wearing makeup either! xx

  • Kelsey

    You took the words right from my mouth. An impressive post. I think (for most of us) we indulge in the beauty world not simply because we want to look amazing all the time and aim to be perfect (no,no,no)……..but because it is fun, creative and interesting. It makes us feel girly and complete. We feel good. I think it’s great you shared this and I promise i’m not old, i’m just a student. 🙂

  • Emma

    Such a great post.

    I think you’re right, the nice thing about transitioning into your 20’s is that you realise that no one cares or notices half as much as you think they do! Or you think they did when you were a teenager!

  • Khannablog

    Brilliant post! Sometimes I find make up such a faf and love to just go out and reveal all!

  • You look briliant with no make up. I do find Clinique tinted moisturiser a happy medium when I am not in the mood for applying a whole face of makeup!

  • A.

    That is such an inspirational message. Makeup should be for done for you when you want to do it and not for others. I also love makeup, but I also love going barefaced. I think going without gives you more time to focus on good skincare and gives skin a chance to rest You look great without makeup.

  • Ellen Findley

    I’m totally with you, Anna! I love makeup—it’s so much fun, and it makes me feel good. Sometimes, though, you just need a break! And you’re right: sometimes taking a break from makeup means that it’s that much more fun to put it on the next day. True beauty is character, humor, and confidence: everything else is just icing on the cake. 😉

  • Sophie

    Well, this is easily my favourite blogpost, ever. Thank you, Anna, well done x

  • I agree – it’s fun because it’s not necessary, and it’s important to remind ourselves of that!

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  • Me and Baby E

    A wonderful piece! Makeup is a form of artistry, not a way to conceal true beauty. So well said.

  • Andrea K

    Beautifully put.

  • Andreia

    One of my favorite posts you have written 🙂 Beautiful and true!

  • I absolutely love this post, truly one of my favorites I’ve ever read! I was the same way about not being able to go out without makeup when I was a teen, but now that I’m in my 20’s I’m so much more comfortable in my own skin and I can honestly say I don’t care if I go out totally barefaced! Thanks for the lovely read 🙂

    Morgan //

  • your skin is amazing!! im trying to go bare faced more than 4 days a week so i can just wear mascara and thats that!

  • Very nice post. Bravo for the idea!

  • As Beyonce would sing, your skin is flawless! I love wearing makeup, but being barefaced is one of the best feeling. I could touch my face or eyes without worrying about smudging and my skin seems to enjoy it too.


  • Claire

    What a lovely refreshing blog post!!! Love it!

  • Anne-Dorthe Andersen

    This is just such an amazing post! Really enjoyed reading it. I personally have a hard time getting out without some concealer under my eyes and on my spots simply because I think my spots are horrible sometimes. But when I have good skin days I don’t care about makeup if I’m just going to get some milk from the store 🙂

  • Julia

    Great Post. I seem to be obsessed with make up and beauty blogs despite rarely wearing more than moisturiser, eyebrows and blusher. The best thing is to love yourself when you look in the mirror, with make up or without.

  • Beth

    I’m a make up artist and I actually love not having make up on. Well done for being so honest and brave, plenty of people wouldn’t be.

    Beth Young Makeup

  • Day Dreaming Foodie

    Really sweet post – and important to say. Make ups great – but not the be all and end all x

  • Well said and you still look lovely barefaced x

  • Anitoons

    Great post! I can completely relate. I like makeup, but not because I want to look perfect, but because it is quite fun! 🙂

  • Great Post! The other benefit is your mascara looks so much better when you give your face a break! I still can’t get my self to leave the house with out at least doing my eyebrows…. does that count?

  • So true Ana!!..

  • LeeLee

    Great post. I cannot agree more. Beauty comes from within. 🙂

  • Ashlee

    Great post Anna! I would definitely rather go barefaced all day, everyday. Yet, you now those moments that you pass your newly purchased makeup product that you just HAVE to wear? Yup, that usually happens to me everyday. But I will definitely make an effort this week to go sans makeup and resist the new-makeup urge!

  • Allison

    I take a pass on makeup for the majority of the weekend, I take it off right when I get home so if I have something at night for school I go bare faced- my skin isn’t perfect but whatever I don’t really care haha

  • Hilary Scarbrough

    Great post! I’ve actually been working towards limiting my makeup uses. I only wear it on weekends when I am going out. For a long time I didn’t feel pretty without makeup. I wanted to learn to love myself without it. Now I am confident in myself and don’t worry about it. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • natsimone

    Couldn’t agree more, love a good naked face day! I tend to try and go bare faced during the day if I know I’m going out at night and will want a heavier look, I find it gives your skin a chance to breathe 🙂

  • MyOwnLoves

    Agreed! Beauty comes from within xox

  • SandraCherise

    Love this post Anna! A great reminder that beauty comes from within, your confidence is inspiring.

  • Tanya

    So agree. I do too love makeup; but think of it as a fun adventure, not a necessary evil! On the days I do wear it, like you, I am excited to experiment with new products & applications. I have been so blessed to work with some great make-up artists over the years and I love “waving the magic wand” a couple times a week. Honestly, I don’t think anyone really gives a rip if I am all dolled up or not…thank goodness! There are more “things” to look for in a person other than their makeup! Thanks so sharing your confidence & comfortableness with us — it’s refreshing.

  • Laura Snow

    Really inspiring post. I wish I was as confident as you barefaced. Although my face doesn’t tan so I have a ghost-like face and tanned body! Not a good look

    Laura | The Blonde Outlook

  • KelseyRene

    Amazing final line 🙂 lookin beautiful as ever.

  • Rachel

    I love reading deeper posts like this! Beautiful writing!


  • Rachel Trosino

    YES!!!! This!! I am a high school teacher in the states, and we were just having this discussion in my class. A boy commented that girls wear make-up for boys, at which I laughed, and explained that girls should be wearing make-up for fun, that it’s paint and should be about playing and the art of it, that it has little to do with boys, and if it does, the girl shouldn’t be wearing make-up. Then he asked if I go to the grocery store with make-up on, and I said no. He looked shocked – had never entertained the thought that it might not be about him and his gender. The girls in the class nodded their heads mostly and the ones who felt like they “needed” make-up definitely had food for thought. Thanks for this – girls need to hear this message over and over. Make-up should be FUN. If it’s a need, it’s not fun. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. xoxo

  • Ella

    With skin like yours, I’d never wear makeup! But this post definitely hits home, sometimes I forget that if I feel like that concealer looks heavy or cakey I don’t actually NEED to use it. Although I don’t go bare faced very often, I don’t a,ways wear skin makeup because I sometimes just don’t feel like it.

  • You’re a fantastic writer, Anna! I only wear makeup if I’m going out to dinner or lunch or something like that. Never to do the groceries or to go to the post office! Because you’re right – NOBODY cares, and I’d rather save my makeup for a special occasion!

    Kirsten |

  • Such a fantastic post! I can have from time to time quite spotty and red skin (it has calmed down a lot recently though) and the thought of leaving the house without make up on put the fear in me however as I have grown older I really have started to think – who really cares? Yes I will still make an effort in my appearance and wear make up when meeting friends or heading to work but when I pop down to the shop for some milk – no make up is required. When I am heading to the gym in the morning and need to use public transport – no make up is required, in the gym and after – no make up required. It is all about accepting yourself and loving who you are.

    Thank you for writing such an inspiring post and reminding us all that make up at the end of the day is really an indulgence and a bit of fun – definitely not a necessity!

    Claire x

  • I loved reading your post! I admit that I still put on concealer and mascara everytime I go out but I am a big fan of being as bare-faced as I can when I’m just doing everyday things. So when I go to uni I don’t wear much. It makes wearing make-up so much more enjoyable! It turns it into a special occasion and a little treat for yourself. And you can’t forget that pleasure when you look at yourself in the mirror before a night out and think: “Ooh, I look really nice today” 🙂

  • Amy

    I completely agree! i love my makeup and I tend to wear it more for a boost of confidence but it’s definitely not an essential! 🙂 X

  • Beth

    I just love this post, admire your self-confidence and modesty.

  • I really love this post!

  • Susan Evans

    What a lovely read. A am a British hot mess living in Nicaragua and any make up attempts just sweat right off my face! It’s refreshing to see someone barefaced and loving it.

  • Gemma Davis

    How do you get your skin looking so good?? I can’t get rid of the oiliness on and around my nose or enlarged pores, what skincare products would do the trick?

  • So true!!! Makeup is fun – but it should not define you!!!

    Lovely post!

    Diana from CANADA!

  • I agree with the barefaced statement – it’s an idea we all love the sound of but never truly commit to. I have to admit since starting to love my body more now I’ve lost some weight, I’ve actually become worse with makeup. I even find myself going to the gym with a full face still on which in reality is gross. I’m going to take inspiration from you and take the plunge.