12 Reasons You Should Stop Wearing Makeup

Whenever I tell people that I don’t wear makeup, I usually get this look like I’m some foreign alien in a girl’s body. The thought of a girl actually choosing to stay away from makeup is somehow unfathomable because apparently, wearing and loving makeup is a vital part of life.

I beg to differ, though. After experimenting with eye shadow and lipsticks for special occasions during college, one day I just decided to stop. It was mostly out of laziness and because I was broke, but more importantly, I just didn’t find much appeal in wearing makeup anymore. That initial spark of excitement that people  feel when they try to get creative eventually fizzled, and I found that I actually prefer how I look without makeup on. Although I never wore much of it, applying makeup often made me feel like I was donning a mask, and of course, I grew paranoid over the the harmful chemicals and how it could be affecting my skin.

So because of that, I gave away all the makeup I owned and just quit wearing it altogether. It has been this way for two years and I have to say, it has been quite amazing. This is not to say that wearing makeup is bad. Despite what I’m saying, there’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup. If you love applying it every day, then go for it! I’m definitely not trying to shame any makeup-lovers or act like what my opinion is the only right one. But I am trying to show you guys that it’s okay to go makeup-free sometimes (or all the time!) and that maybe you should consider it.

Here’s why life would be much easier if you stopped wearing makeup.

1. You’d save tons of money.


Think about it. With the amount of cash spent on makeup brushes, foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, blush and lipsticks, you could probably save up enough to buy a plane. Okay fine, maybe not a plane, but you can’t deny the fact that you’d save a significant amount of money.


2. You’d save a lot of time, too.


I have a friend who literally spends over an hour to decorate her face each morning. I understand that applying makeup can be super fun and creative and exciting, but at the same time it can be so tedious and time consuming.


3. There would be less work when you wash off at night before bed.


Removing makeup can be a huge pain, so not having to spend extra time cleaning off every trace of it from your skin is the absolute best.


4. Makeup can get quite messy.


This depends on the quality of your makeup and how much of it you wear, but either way, when you’re in hot and humid weather, you start sweating and makeup starts to feel super clumpy, oily, and uncomfortable on your skin. Bleck!


5. Makeup clogs your pores.


Again, this depends on how much of it you wear, but too much foundation on your face can lead to clogged pores and breakouts, mainly if you’re wearing a kind that doesn’t work with your skin.


6. Harmful chemicals from makeup can be absorbed into the skin.


Did you know that five pounds of makeup chemicals are absorbed by the body each year? For example, if lipstick gets into your mouth and travels with saliva down to your stomach, the chemicals in it can go straight to your bloodstream. Also, when makeup is worn, harmful parabens can easily seep into the skin.


7. Ingredients in makeup are actually linked to cancer.


Yep, it’s true. Ingredients like talc, mineral oil, and phthalates are all linked to cancer. Also, parabens, which are used as preservatives in makeup, have been found in breast tumors and can lead to hormonal dysfunction.


8.  You could go for a swim whenever you want!


You wouldn’t have to worry about ruining your makeup,  so the thought of jumping into a pool wouldn’t be as terrifying.


9.  Mascara could ruin your eyelashes.


I’ll be honest: Mascara creeps the heck out of me. Even when I used to wear makeup, I stayed far away from it because I feared that it would turn me into this borderline blind lady with an eye infection and no lashes. But on a serious note, constantly wearing mascara does cause your lashes to thin out eventually.


10. You can cry without looking like a freak show.


Speaking of mascara, you have to be super careful not to shed tears or smudge it. But if you don’t have any on, then you’re free to rub your eyes without worrying about how you’ll look! Sweet freedom!


11. You won’t leave makeup residue everywhere. 


No lipstick smudges on mugs, no smears of makeup on random pieces of clothing, no face powder stains on sheets and pillows… Doesn’t that sound like heaven?


12. You don’t have to deal with lipstick fails.


If you don’t wear lipstick or lip gloss, then you don’t have to deal with things like getting lipstick stains on you teeth, getting smudges on your face or getting hair stuck to your lips. Isn’t that awesome?


So, are you scared to wear makeup now? Would you still wear it all the time? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Leasia

    I just started wearing makeup a month ago (i’m 17), so I can totally agree with these. But having tried both I’m going to stick with makeup, it’s fun and makes me feel good. Going to tone down on the mascara and pay more attention to the ingredients I use now though, thanks to this article.

    • Parice

      Do you think that makeup makes you look better I used to think that it makes you look better and part of who you are but now I’m not so sure that makeup Is good for you but I am going to keep wearing makeup everyday because it makes me look and feel better