No Makeup Challenge

“Ah Acne. You’re a bundle of joy aren’t you?

Five years you’ve been living on my face, and RENT FREE may I add. During the first 4 years, your existent played on my mind. You wouldn’t leave me the hell alone. There you were popping up on my cheeks, my chin, the corners of my nose… you EVEN decided to pitch up camp on my back.

Ballsy little fucker.

Every day was spent trying to cover you up with foundation, that match no shade of skin on my entire body. I dreaded EVERY. SINGLE. morning. Waking up and not knowing whether I could hide your redness with my extra EXTRA coverage foundation, or whether I could achieve that flawless, perfect finish without looking cakey.

Studying my skin, and seeking out every single blemish, mole, redness and then coating them in gloopy foundation, was not only a huge time waster but it slowly chipped away at whatever confidence I had left. So I stopped. Me and my makeup bag parted ways, and embarked on a two Week ‘No Makeup Challenge’ and let me tell you.

MAN ALIVE. Was it tough. I didn’t think I was going to be able to complete it at times. The first few days were spent feeling painfully self conscious, and wanting to hide from the entire world…but being a semi-broke, under 21 waitress, I needed money…so bare face Gracie had to plough on regardless.

And do you know what? It was the one of the BEST decision I’ve ever made. It’s been nearly 2 months now since I started my journey to fresh face freedom, and so much has changed. My skin’s clearer, my bank balance much healthier and I’ve never felt more confident in my own bare face.”

Gracie Mae, United Kingdom