Better bare-faced: Why I’m not wearing makeup at the wedding

Guest post by Laura M
Is this as far as your wedding day makeup plans go?
Is this as far as your wedding day makeup plans go?

I've always been freckly, from the time when I was a little kid. Lots of people have struggled with freckles, but I LOVE mine. They are so much a part of my face that I hate to cover them up. They come out more during the summer when I get more sun (duh) but they're always present. I also have sensitive, fair skin. A lot of products (scented, too many chemicals, whatever) just make me uncomfortable and itchy.

As I grew up, I experimented with makeup. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for those cute little tubes and bottles. I probably own more makeup than I will ever need. I loooooove makeup. I just don't necessarily love it on my face.

There were two major factors that led me to the decision that tinted lip balm and maybe a coat of mascara would be the only makeup-related prep points on my to-do list…

With makeup versus without makeup.
Me with makeup, and without.
Number one: When I wear makeup, I just don't feel comfortable. A lot of foundations make my skin itch or feel oily, and I always worry about touching my face and mussing it. Add to that the fact that the wedding is going to be outdoors in June and I'm a crier, and you have a recipe for a stiff and preoccupied wedding face.

Number two: I really like my face as it is. In fact, I think I'm prettier bare-faced than with makeup. Is it possible that this is due to my inexperience with cosmetic application? Sure. Am I super motivated to learn to contour? Nope.

My natural state is makeup-free. It's worked for me for 26 years. While I like to experiment sometimes, I realized that if I “did my face” for my wedding I'd be doing it because I felt like I should, not because it would be fun or make me feel more beautiful.

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Comments on Better bare-faced: Why I’m not wearing makeup at the wedding

  1. I’d love to see photos of real weddings on the site where the brides did not wear makeup–or, at least, no foundation/concealer, etc. Anyone know of any links? I love wearing a little bit of makeup (eyeliner, mascara, lipstick), and am hoping to rock some false eyelashes successfully for the first time ever at my wedding, but I absolutely hate the feeling of foundation and powder and all that. But I’m 45 and have dark circles under my eyes–genetically, all the time–and I don’t want to hate how I look in the beautiful photos I’m planning to pay a lot to have. Am I being naive or dumb to forego foundation?

  2. I don’t wear makeup regularly. However I do love to wear light makeup (no contouring, cat eye, etc) for special occasions, and my wedding definitely was a special occasion. I had my makeup done professionally & I’m so glad I did! The makeup artist understood when I told her I still wanted to look like myself. It was perfect!

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