Sunday, 17 April 2016

A Week Without Foundation : How Did I Cope?

You may have spotted over on social media that for 5 days this past week I decided  to test myself.... can I live without foundation?

I have worn foundation more or less daily since I was about 14. Yes.... that is a long time, 12 years in fact, of slapping on a face full to hide bits and bobs about my face that I'd rather others didn't see.
I am lucky with my skin (*touches wood*), I've never been a big sufferer of spots or blemishes but I still use foundation like a security blanket, hiding redness here and there and creating an even toned base to work with.

As I'm getting older I'm slowly becoming more confident with my skin and the thought of going without foundation isn't actually that daunting or scary anymore. And after having a few of these thoughts last Sunday I thought I would give it go..... head to work and spend my week totally foundation free, how bad could it be?

Lets start of by talking pros.

1. Time Saving. Holy moly I didn't realise how much time cutting this step out of my make-up routine would save! I did cut down the products I use by half whilst going foundation free and it cut my make-up routine to just 5-10 minutes - perfect for when I'm running out the door each morning. 

2. Saving on products. Because I wasn't using foundation I also cut out my primer and bits and bobs for contouring and highlighting! The perfect way to save on my expensive products that I do like to use daily, not just foudantion. Plus.... it takes alot less cleanse and polish to remove the few products I was wearing, making that end of day ritual alot less of a pain in the butt!

3. My skin got to breathe! It was quite nice knowing that I didn't have a face-full of make-up just to go to work. Don't get me wrong if I still worked with the public I probably would feel a little different about this experiment but now I'm in an office with 3 other lovely ladies (1 of which I've known since I was a teen) I felt like it wasn't a big deal! My skin wasn't clogged to the brim with slap, it was nice.

Now.... a couple of cons.

1. My redness. The number one reason I wear foundation. I don't have rosacea (I don't think) but my skin does have red patches and it does have a tendency to go red - at the most annoying times!
 Our new office seems to be like a greenhouse so I have been SO warm and my skin has definitley been resonating it haha! Going to gym classes and on runs have really been showing aswell haha - my boyfriend couldn't believe how red I was the other night and all I could say was - this is what it's like with no foundation! Saying this.... it does feel alot nicer breaking a sweat without a face full of make-up clogging up my pores.

2. PALE. I felt SO pale.

My Foundation Free Routine
So I suppose you all want to know what products I WAS using? So let's chat.
I started off each morning with my using cleansing routine then popped on some of the Madara Ultimate FaceLift Day Cream (I thought if I wasn't going to be using a foundation I might aswell try and improve my skin in a different way.... I was aiming for ten years younger!).
I then used my Recover concealer which is made for redness to tackle around my nose and my eyes. I have to have a bit of a glow/shimmer as my dull skin is totes boring so I then dabbed a bit of MAC strobe cream on my cheek bones, down my nose and on my forehead. It was then just my eyebrows, which I use MAC eyebrow pencil and my lashes - Maxfactor Masterpiece Max mascara. They are two things that I definitely couldn't go without. 
That was it, my morning routine done and dusted - seriously.... so much time saved.

The Verdict
From now on I think that for normal work days and just day to day life.... I don't need foundation - I can't believe I'm saying that!
 If I'm off out with friends or spending the day somewhere then yes I will feel alot more comfortable with it on but for work int he office/the gym/popping out here and there - I'm going to go foundationless! (Bring on summer when I have a bit more of a tan though!)

What do you think? Could you go #FoundationFree for a week?


  1. I really admire you because I would never be able to do that! I'm so self conscious of my dark under eyes and pale skin - even though my skin type is normal and I hardly ever get spots.

  2. I don't wear make up that much considering I write a beauty blog ha ha, for me I suppose it's different because being stuck in 24/7 I can't see the point in wearing makeup to sit in the house, my friend tells me I should wear it as it would make me feel better but it takes me around 1/5/2 hours now to apply a full face of make up (stupid health) so I don't but I do if I'm going out shopping or something, I don't think I could go out without foundation for a meal out but shopping maybe if I used concealer, aint nobody got time for my dark circles ;) this was a really interesting post, loved it :) xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  3. I met up with an old friend who I know struggled with skin problems for a long time, and her skin looked incredibly flawless and radiant. I asked what her secret was and she said it was cutting out foundation that helped her! Since then I've tried it myself and now don't wear any foundation during the week.

    I used to have issues with redness too but I would really recommend Eucerin's Anti-Redness moisturiser - it's tinted green so cancels out any redness!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

  4. I loved that you did this experiment and that you posted your results. I only wear foundation from fall to spring and when it gets to summer, it pretty much goes out the window since I'm constantly at the beach on in a pool.

    Plus, like you said, it feels SO NICE not to have all of that stuff on my face clogging up my pores.


  5. I never wear foundation though I do wear a thicker pressed powder that covers.

    And, for the record, what's wrong with being pale? Embrace it!

  6. I love this post, I think it is such a good idea to go a week foundation free to see if I can actually do it. I don't suffer from redness but I do suffer from uneven skin tone so I may have to add a bit of concealer to make me feel more confident but it's worth giving it a try.

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Hannah xxx

  7. I try to go foundation free at least once a week to give my skin a chance to breathe and I always feel better after it.
    The only thing that I hate about it, is that I really suffer from dark circles! D-:

    Thanks for sharing! xx

  8. I love going foundation free but my dark circles and tired skin looks awful!

    Parie x

  9. I suffer from a bit of redness too but I could so do this as well I started wearing foundation when I was 19/20 I think hasn't been very long so I'm confident without it but I need mascara

    Leanne |


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