Barefaced

 So I'm on Twitter this week. This week because this week is when Tom is in Iceland and when his tutors are tweeting pictures of what they're getting up to (volcanoes, geysers, glaciers etc). I realise now that I didn't have to join Twitter to see these pictures but I thought I'd give the thing another go. My last fling with Twitter left me thinking 'so what?' and frankly my opinion hasn't changed. Probably I just don't 'get' Twitter, maybe I'll try harder with it. I like Instagram better though. My feeling is Instagram or Twitter, not both, particularly if you are tweeting what you have just posted on Instagram.

However, I did have one interesting exchange on Twitter about not wearing makeup. I declared that I'd last worn makeup seven years ago, and that was for a party and was itself the first time in years that I'd dug out my meagre collection of face paint. I was quite taken aback that my declaration was met with amazement and interest. Surely I am not alone in not wearing makeup? I thought of my friends and tried to remember which ones wore makeup and which didn't. I couldn't tell you. I don't notice makeup unless it is really obvious. This made me think what if everyone is like me and all that time and money spent making up every day is wasted because no one notices one way or another? But maybe if you are a makeup wearer you notice it on others and if you aren't you don't.

So why don't I wear makeup?

Well apart from my suspicion that nobody but the wearer notices it I also believe it makes bugger all difference to your life. I used to wear makeup every day when I was working. I'd do the whole thing; foundation, powder, blusher, eyes, lips. It took bloody ages and made no difference whatsoever to how I felt, how my day went, how others interacted with me or how well I did my job. The only difference it made was to how I looked and although I looked nice wearing makeup I really don't think I looked not nice not wearing it. Also I absolutely hated not being able to rub my eyes or wipe my mouth without spoiling my makeup. I particularly loathed the feeling of lipstick on my lips and they way it comes off on glasses, ugh. It's expensive too, I'd much rather buy food than makeup. And the time it takes, oh honestly how can anyone be bothered with it all?

It's not only makeup I don't bother with, I don't use any skin care products either. I wash my face once a day with this soap and that's it, no moisturising, exfoliating, no anti-wrinkle creams, serums or potions. As for hair I use this shampoo and no conditioner, it's never been coloured either and as you can see I don't spend any time styling it.

I do pluck my eyebrows but not excessively, I do shave under my arms and I shave my legs if it is very hot and I'm wearing a skirt. Also I'm not averse to lovely scented soaps and shower gels and I love perfume.

C'est moi
So this me in all my barefaced glory, taken with my phone camera today, looking like, well, myself and aged 48.


And this is my very ancient makeup collection, all well over ten years old and about to be thrown out.

My daughter Katie who is 14 loves makeup. She says it's fun, and yes, I totally get that it's fun, I used to think it was fun too. I can see the attraction of all those colours in their shiny packages like a cross between art supplies and sweeties. And of course she wants to do what her friends do, me I don't care anymore I'm perfectly content to look like myself.

What about you? Am I peculiar or are there other barefaced women out there?


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  1. I don't wear make up on a daily basis either and I don't think anyone thinks the worse of me for that! I do wear it if I am going out somewhere special; for me, it adds to the 'sense of occasion', but even then, I don't apply all that much.
    Hoorah for bare faces!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  2. I wear makeup some times if I feel like it or for a special occasion when I dress up. I'm happy not to wear make as well. I make my own facial moisturiser from bees wax, almond and avocado oils, rose water and rose hip essential oil. Living in Australia we get very harsh summers and I would shrivel up without some kind of moisturiser. My 52 year old skin is drying out quickly, menopause hasn't helped. I use sunblock for when I'm out in the sun for extended periods in summer otherwise I'd get sunburned. I've already had two basal cell carcinomas removed. I have fair freckled skin and red hair which is now greying so I get it coloured because women with red hair going grey fade away into nothing. I'm not ready to go there yet. I've also noticed that most U.K. have lovely skin and I can only assume it's because you haven't been exposed to the harsh sun all through childhood, spending hours trying to get a tan on the beach or just being outside playing for extended periods of time. Half your luck.

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    1. I'm sure that's true Anne.

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  3. Hello! I read your hilarious blog regularly but haven't commented in a while. Your face in the pic you posted looks lovely - fresh, clean, and un-wrinkled - probably because you don't wear makeup and so aren't tugging on delicate skin in order to remove it!
    Like Ellie above, I don't wear makeup daily, only on occasion, and then it's just eyes and lips. I can't be bothered with foundation, etc.; face makeup makes me break out, anyway.
    Love your sense of humor and all your gorgeous pics. Reading your blog brings joy to my day! :o)

    Gigi

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  4. I wouldn't be seen dead in public without makeup. Foundation, blush , mascara and lipstick are a must if I'm leaving the house but at home I don't bother. But funnily enough I hate creams and moisturisers and sunscreens too so my foundation doubles as a sunscreen ( they all contain sunscreen these days ) and as Anne says we need sun protection here in Oz. I know when I look in the mirror I look much better with a little makeup and it doesn't take much time.

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  5. Hello Sue, so refreshing and reassuring to hear your views, I thought I was in a very small minority - I don't wear makeup either, at 42 I think I might look better or at least better groomed with it on but like you I don't like the time it takes to put on, the expense, the feel of it on my skin and also because I'm so used to seeing myself without makeup on, when I do have a go with it (very rarely in an effort of self improvement maybe) I feel self conscious. I use soap, moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner and I shape my eyebrows and use an epilator on my legs/ underarms but that's it. Hooray for low maintenance and the natural look! Sian x

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  6. So interesting Sue. I used to wear full dramatic make-up when I was in college, I had a certain 'look' and always felt under dressed without my face-paint. Of-course I had plenty of time to spend on my appearance then. When I started work, everything got toned down and when the kids arrived I was just glad to be clean and fully dressed when leaving the house. Sometimes I can't be bothered matching my socks, standards have well and truly dropped -I like the natural look. Now I only notice if someone has far too much make-up on.
    Shauna.

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  7. I'm pale, and quite like a bright lipstick sometimes, but never anything else. I think there is a fundamental question here about being happy with who you are, and not needing to project a different image to the world. After all, do we really want to be admired for who we are pretending to be?.

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  8. i don't wear makeup either, i don't feel comfortable wearing it but i do use a moisturizer with sunscreen daily.

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  9. I only wear makeup on very special occasions, which amounts to once or twice a year. I just don't enjoy the process of putting it on or taking it off, and I don't think it makes much difference to how I look, though that could be because I always use it very lightly. I thought it was fun when I was a teenager, though, and liked it a lot before I gradually lost interest as an adult.

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  10. I have always worn makeup, and have it down to about 2 minutes of time to apply it. I feel naked without it. My daughter (24) has never worn makeup on a daily basis, and only puts it on for parties and the like. I guess, it's partly a confidence thing, I've always lacked it where my looks are concerned, but I'm so glad my girl doesn't have such issues. I am quite envious of people who don't wear it, but I just feel I look like a corpse without it!!

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  11. "I also believe it makes bugger all difference to your life" ... Oh Sue you have made me smile. I don't wear make up either, I can't be arsed.

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  12. Yup, I'm bare faced 99% of the time too. I have four children and I just don't have time! I'm sure there's plenty of mum's out there who DO manage to fully make up their face everyday, but not me! I do wear a bit of make up for an evening out or a special occasion, but these days that's fairly rare!
    Btw, you look great, so I wouldn't give it a second thought!
    Xx

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  13. Hi Sue, I only wear a bit of eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss if I am going out. And that is quite rare! I had terrible skin for many years, religiously stuck to the whole cleanse, tone and moisturise to no effect. One day I got fed up of spending all that money and stopped. I have oily skin, so I switched to a very gentle facial wash, and only put moisturiser on my neck. In a week my skin was clear, and had been so ever since! I only wish I had done this aged 20 and not 40! Jenny x

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  14. This is interesting - I don't like wearing much makeup either and I thought it was just me! One of the best things about getting older is being able to be comfortable in one's own skin. I don't colour my hair any more, don't go for manicures/pedicures (I hated the few I've had and very rarely wear nail polish), don't have facials (hated that too) and have never wanted pierced ears.

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  15. Sue, you look so lovely in your close up photo. Bravo to you for casting make up aside.

    As someone who has had several bouts with skin cancer that resulted in some serious facial surgery, I am very attentive to skin care. Cleansing and moisturizing routine is quick and easy. Sunscreen is manadatory, as is trying to stay out of the midday sun. I think that aside from the scars that have mostly faded over the decades, I think my skin looks young for my age.

    All the same...I do love a bit of make-up. I think my eyes are my best feature, and do play them up. As one of my make up gurus says, I want to look like myself, but a subtly better version. I expect that most folks I meet in my workplace, a fashion environment, don't think that I wear make up. Mission accomplished. No hair dye or nail polish for me.

    I enjoyed your thoughts on Twitter...something I don't use. Wonder why I use make up, but not Twitter?

    xo

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  16. Dear sue I'm in the hotel line in Malaysia and I wear a full face of war paint because all the females are required to. In my previous job I only put on sunscreen, a lil powder to even my skin tone out and tinted balm. But nowadays hoo boy I can kiss all those almost au natural days goodbye. I even own a hairdryer to fix bad hair days. But come off days I'm as barefaced and happy as I can be. A blob of sunscreen if I am stepping out of my home. Sue you have lovely skin and so lucky. Love D

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  17. I don't wear make up on a daily basis...I might put a little slap on, on the rare occasions I go somewhere posh. To be honest...most of the time I don't put a bra on...so if I'm wearing both you know that you're really honoured hahaha

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    1. Oh I forgot to mention my bralessness unless you count those little crop top things. Just as my daughter is getting into all this stuff I am thoroughly fed up with it!

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  18. The only make-up I wear is a natural translucent make-up. I think everyone thinks I don't wear any. The reason I stopped wearing what I used to wear (which wasn't a lot more than I wear now to be honest) is that I don't want all those chemicals being absorbed through my skin. I don't have a beautiful complexion but I'm not prepared to load my face with make-up which can't possibly be doing me any good and feels horrible. Also, as we get older, I think a lot of make-up looks really yucky. I've stopped wearing nail polish too - for the same reason - don't want the chemicals. Not that I wore it much anyway but now I don't ever.

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  19. Hey Sue,
    I very rarely wear make up. The most I wear is mascara and eye shadow. I think I'd like to wear it more often, but to be honest I don't have a clue how to apply it!! I rarely wore make up as a teen - just the obligatory bright red lippy as a student. I do remember a lipstick called Flamboyant Lilac. I do wear moisturiser with an spf because I'm in the sun a lot. I do sometimes get my brows waxed, but we are talking a couple of times a year. I must admit that as I get older I wouldn't mind looking less haggard and a bit more grown up. Perhaps I'll go to Boots and have one of those makeovers!
    Leanne xx

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  20. For most of my life I wore little or no make-up, couldn't be bothered, had good skin and didn't feel that I needed it. Then I developed glaucoma and the drops I have to put in my eyes has caused me to have dark circles under my eyes and I now use a concealer, that's it though.

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    1. My consultant says the drops give you long thick dark eyelashes though.

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    2. That's true, but I'd trade them for no dark circles.

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  21. No make up here either. I didn't need mascara and couldn't get the hang of the rest. I was once made up in a department store and looked about 100. I couldn't wait to get rid of it. You look about 20.

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    1. Think you may be exaggerating a bit there Lucille but thank you x

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  22. You do look great in your photo, make up free.....I'm a bit of both, I do the school run bare faced and in workout clothes, go for a run, do resistance training and housework, then I shower and get dressed and put make up on....I just like it :) xx

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  23. I'm a soap n water girl as well. I occasionally try and make a bit of an effort but it never lasts. The only thing I do try and do when I remember it is to dye my eyebrows - grey hair AND grey eyebrows are a bit too faded

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  24. I've never worn makeup. I'm 55, and I wonder if it was a generational thing, because I don't think any of my friends did, either, and as far as I know, still don't. Or maybe it was just us -- anyway, it's never made any sense to me.

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  25. I haven't worn make up for years and there have been large parts of my life when I haven't worn makeup - working outside in all weathers isn't really conducive to makeup, especially mascara; but it does make moisturiser almost mandatory. Now I only wear it if we're going out somewhere special. I don't miss it and i do notice that many women at work don't wear it either. Is it an age thing? Maybe. Perfume and Lush products on the other hand are swoonsome and a welcome and deliciously scented part of my bathroom routine.

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  26. I also haven't worn make up for years-never wore much anyway. I have to be honest though, when I look in the mirror I look way older than my nearly 43 years-all of the un-dyed grey hair isn't helping. I don't feel self-conscious at all...apart from when of my 5-year-old son's friends kept calling me his 'granny, poor kid has a very young Mummy herself and looked confused when I corrected her. How funny.xx

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  27. Oh Sue, this is fascinating!! Great post. I wear make-up for me, not for anyone else. A very little, just enough to hide the eye-bags and give brows and lashes a little boost. But considering how little make-up I do wear, I would never go out without it as it's my armour. Not wearing it would - to me - be like not wearing a bra. Just wrong!

    I would say that you are blessed with beautiful skin and very well shaped eyebrows, which are two things I strive for with my make-up, and that you do NOT look 48.

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    1. And I can't be doing with Twitter either. x

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  28. The only makeup I wear regularly is blush. I look completely washed out without it. That's fine with me, but it gets extremely tedious having people constantly asking me if I'm tired or if I'm not feeling well. The only time I wear lipstick is for special, nighttime occasions. I can't stand having to wipe it off every time I want to have a cup of tea or something.

    As for going braless, that was fine when I was younger as I'm quite small. But now that I'm older and my "assets" are having a race to see which one can slide down faster, I definitely wear one.

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  29. Braless? Now that's interesting --my boobs are too big for that though I love the idea. Is it rude of me to...ahem...inquire about your size? I do my makeup in 2 minutes flat and the purpose is not to be someone I'm not or project a different look altogether but to minimize flaws a bit. I also like a bit of lip gloss. :)

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    1. Not rude at all, and not very big either - A cups, if only my arse took after my boobs.

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      I'm rather too well endowed on both ends.

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  30. I love this post!! Probably because you are the total opposite to me!! You are very secure in the way you look, I just don't feel that way, without a little touch up!! I also find the process of applying my "face" relaxing and enjoyable, like a meditative process. Shamefully at last count my make collection included 26 blusher sand 87 lipsticks! You don't even want to know about my skincare!

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  31. i'm 24 and can count the days ive worn makeup in my life on my fingers.
    My Wedding Day
    School Prom
    First Day at new job (x4)

    I, like you, cant tell when others have makeup on unless its over done (I usually notice badly done makeup), it's just one more thing to dry out skin and cause spots and it makes no difference to anyone else's life whether you do or don't wear it!

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  32. Another ace post Sue, hoorah! You're pic is super too, smashing skin.

    I've always worn make up but never ever felt I get it right! I had bad acne at school so have very uneven skin tone and use just a lightweight colour corrector to even things out. I can manage with just a bit of blusher on top as I do like that wind nipped/ colour in your cheeks look and I'm a natural pasty face otherwise. Going out I dress it up a bit but find the older I get the less I wear.

    Have to do the bra thing (have since age 9!) and there is no greater, liberating feeling than whipping it off of an evening having been trussed up like a chicken all day!

    On twitter - I've enjoyed seeing you on there :) I got into it through work and have to say I've discovered lots of ace stuff and made some great connections through it however totally agree with you that Instagram is what I love. I post less on twitter (although couldn't resist posting about the peregrine falcon whizzing past my office this afternoon!)

    Sorry I'll buzz off now - I've been cackling on here forever!

    Love your blog, wonderful stuff as ever xx

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  33. I love this post, and I think you look fabulous without makeup. I'm 55 and I stopped wearing makeup daily after my first daughter was born. By the time daughter #3 entered the family, I didn't own makeup. My husband has always enjoyed looking at me without any makeup on my face, and I'm like you Sue, I can't feel or see a difference in how I look or how I feel. Our last family portrait contained only one request to the photographer, that he not "touch up" our face, we have earned our laugh lines and our grey hairs.

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  34. Your post is so interesting as I am contemplating starting a blog about my love of skincare and makeup...however despite the fortune I spend on both I don't wear makeup unless I'm leaving the house for something special - on Sunday I had allotted 15 minutes to put my face on before going out...until I discovered one of our cats had been unwell both ends so 14 minutes were spent cleaning it up and the remaining minute scrubbing my hands so I left sans makeup and it didn't bother me.
    My aesthetic is to look natural but improved - knocking back my high colouring on my cheeks and giving definition to me eyes which unlike yours have practically no eyelashes or eyebrows.
    I also hate the feeling of lipstick on my lips...but can cope with a lip gloss of a light/neutral colour.
    As for bras once I've had my bath in the evening it doesn't go back on...they are the bane of my life but I have to wear one otherwise my boobs would trip me up.
    I would just say the right skincare can do wonders for the skin especially if there are issues.
    I do love the packaging it all comes in...nothing gives me the same thrill of some new cosmetics.
    It doesn't make any sense I know.
    x

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  35. I wore make-up as a teenager, went bare faced all through my 20s and 30s, but now I am 42 I wear a tiny bit: eyeliner and tinted Vaseline lip balm everyday. I rather like the ritual of it all. I love painting my nails, and used to enjoy henna-ing my hair, but now I am going grey I have stopped dying it. I like my grey and white streaks.

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  36. I have worn make up since 15 but at that time only for special occasions. As I grew older I wore it everyday. It used to consist of mascara, eyeshadow, eye pencil, blusher and lipstick. I started because I was teased at school and was a bit of an ugly duckling. I wore national health glasses and people didn't seem to look past that and were rather mean. When they came off, life literally changed. Getting spruced up a bit seemed to change how people responded to me, so basically it was a way of becoming acceptable. I thought I was vain but acutally I was just lacking confidence. I did not like to be seen by anyone without my makeup on. It never took long though or was expensive. I've never worn foundation.

    These days, despite having left my youth behind, I feel that I have more to offer than my appearance and am ok with being seen without it, but that is a recent thing in the last couple of years. Ironic really. I have discovered I'm not actually very vain. I colour my hair when I get around to it. I now only wear two items of make up, eye pencil and lipstick. Cheap brands like Rimmel or 17. It needs replacing maybe once every two years as I put it on once and then forget about it. If I am home all day then I don't wear it. If I go out I wear the same, night or day. I use Nivea in the blue tub to clean my face like a cold cream and as a moisturiser. I couldn't use soap on my face as it would dry it out and make it itch. Nivea is the only thing that I use as everything else either irritated my skin or dried it out. That includes scent freee and hypoallergenic. Nivea works for me and I love it. I don't ever wear perfume as smells and perfumes make me sniff and give me headaches. I am very low maintance and makeup takes literally 2 minutes. Eye liner is grey or brown, lipstick is a natural pretty brownish pink. I've found my expression is what makes most difference. That and being awake, so in the morning I can look hideous while by lunch time quite presentable. I'm not very interested in clothes anymore but don't understand why. I like what I wear to be nice but I'll wear it to death. I am happy in my own skin now and no longer feel I have to meet expectations.

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  37. Anonymous9:31 pm BST

    I am a bare-faced lady too. I totally identify with the discomfort of not being able to rub your eyes or sip a drink without leaving traces. Also, since having babies I liked to know they could dribble on me without causing anything to run... Still handy when they like to give me a kiss or snuggle. I stopped wearing perfumes when I had them too, because I wanted to smell of Mummy to the babies. I think I might be ready to smell like roses again now! I used to be a Ralph Lauren Romance girl, I wonder if I still am?

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  38. I couldn't live without moisturiser, but hair dye no, make up - VeryVery rarely, and that's barely more than tinted moisturiser. have you seen this ted talk about not wearing makeup, it's a good one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PENkzh0tWJs

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  39. I always wear make-up, but in a (hopefully) fairly subtle way. I'm interested to see how many people don't though. I stopped wearing perfume when I had children as well, and I've not really gone back to it. Might be something to do with lack of disposable income...

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  40. It had never occurred to me that women might wear make up when they are at home. I wonder why they do that???
    I live in the wet-dry tropics in Australia. Very few people here wear make up in the hot and humid weather. In air conditioning during work hours however, it is common. Most Indigenous Australian women here do not.
    You are most fortunate with your genes that you have good skin. But you are fair. I truly urge you to begin using a sunscreen on your face and neck daily no matter what!!!!! If it feels horrible then change brands until you find one that suits. If things change over time, then change again. You will live another forty years at least. Plan accordingly. Sun damage is cumulative and most of it occurs incidentally, not from whopping great doses of sunburn. It is the sunlight that causes wrinkles and solar keratoses and many forms of skin cancers. Sun screen really does help fair skin.
    You say that you do not like the feel of lipstick. That is because the formulation you are using is not the right one for your skin. There should be no feeling at all of having anything on your lips. Try a different brand. It is probably safe to sample your daughter's make up.
    Make up is fun, just as making jam is fun or reading books is fun. It is a luxury too, but good skin care is definitely worth the extra trouble. You go to extra trouble with your cooking, why not for your face?

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    1. I will never wear lipstick I do not like it, but thanks for your advice. By the way I do use sunscreen in the summer if I am outside a lot.

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  41. Well you certainly don't look 48, Sue, that's for sure! I don't wear much make up at all, just a bit of concealer under my eyes and a lick of mascara. I love perfume too and I have to admit to wearing nail varnish often as the skin on my hands has alway been very dry and wrinkly and having nice nails makes me feel better about them. Even as a child I had old ladies hands! Now at nearly 43yrs old I'm growing into them :-)

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  42. What a fab post! I'm so pleased I'm not the only one who thinks like this. I spent a fortune on make up as a teenager but gave up on it all as soon as I got married at the age of 21 (I'm 40 now). I didn't bother for years. Then as I got a bit older my own mother started putting the pressure on to wear it! I tried to shut my ears to her hints and 'helpful' remarks but in the end curiosity got the better of me and I bought some.
    I had a play, it was fun, but within 2 years I'd gone back to not bothering. It's just an unnecessary waste of my time and money as far as I'm concerned. And yes, I totally get what you say about not noticing make up on other people. I don't notice small fluctuations in weight either which can prove awkward when people are fishing for compliments for having lost a few pounds ;)

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  43. You don't need makeup! You have beautiful skin. I, however, have only 1-1/2 eyebrows and must fill in with pencil. Also use blusher to compensate for paleness. Foundation makes me feel as if I were suffocating so I don't use it. BTW, I really enjoy your blog--made your lamb recipe with sultanas and almonds and got raves!

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  44. I wear make up if we go out to a party or a wedding...99% of the time I am barefaced. By the time I get the animals fed and all my other morning things done, I just can't be bothered..I do color my hair as I think the gray I have is not very pretty, and I do try to get a decent haircut..when I have time!

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  45. This was a total blast. I think we should have more conversations like this. I wear moisturizer because, at 51, I have skin that feels as if it might just crack into a thousand pieces and fall off my face if I didn't. But maybe I just need to ingest more omega 3s. Sometimes I decorate my face, more often not. My mother colored her hair for years and my sister colors hers (but it's purple or fuchsia, so does that count?), but I would feel completely weird if I did so. My fantasy is that when I go completely silver/white I will look just as stunning and vibrant as Emmylou Harris (it's a dream). I stopped plucking my eyebrows in my 20s; I shave, but mostly just because I use natural deodorant and it needs all the help it can get. And I'm looking forward to watching Tess's TED talk.

    P.S. You look fab, Sue!

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  46. I wear makeup almost never. Your maintenance regime is almost identical to mine.

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  47. I last wore makeup when I got married in 1989 (I felt I had to somehow -
    I can't remember when I would've worn it before then). I started going
    grey in my twenties and now (age 55) am completely grey but I've never
    bothered dyeing. I have to admit I do shave my legs in summer when
    they're on show every day because of the heat (obviously I'm in
    Australia not England!).

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  48. Anonymous1:34 am BST

    This is such a comforting post. I haven't even bothered having a fling with Instagram and Twitter. Zero interest. I like reading your emails. Avoid Pinterest, too, because I know it will suck me in and never let me go. Mostly don't wear makeup, but occasionally when I have to meet with people for some reason. Base, powder, touch of blush. That's it. I tried eye shadow and eyeliner when I was a teen. Looked like a sick raccoon. Couldn't stand lipstick. Never died my hair. Touch of gray. Not sure, maybe some day I'll die it. But I look at my 88-year old mother who insists on dying her hair a light brown, and thinks it's ridiculous that all the other ladies her age dye their hair white. Cringe. It doesn't look bad, but strikes me as silly to pretend your hair is still brown at 88. Lipstick can look nice and polished, but I also think women who are devoted to their lipstick imagine that a smear of lipstick erases all other issues. Somehow if you're wearing lipstick you're instantly beautiful. Excess weight, wrinkles, bad hair day, sagging boobs, they all disappear with the magic of lipstick.
    I don't read your blog for your makeup, I read it for the good things in life that you detail so charmingly. Thanks.

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      That's just rude! Why would you think lipstick wearers think that?

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  49. Barefaced and happy for all my 54 years.

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  50. Perhaps because you have such beautiful skin. If I don't wear makeup it makes a huge difference to my life. I get treated quite a lot worse. Comments of tiredness and how ill I look, or being ignored entirely in circumstances I wouldn't be ignored in otherwise. It's frustrating. So, yes I wear it, and yes, to me it makes a difference. If I looked as good without it as you do though, I would probably not.

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    1. I'm not sure it's beautiful Megan but it is very kind of you to say so. It feels quite bumpy and lumpy to me especially along my jaw line and I do get a touch of rosacea on my nose now and again -worse in the summer. A lot of commenters have mentioned looking ill, faded, washed out etc without makeup. I think that is a learned response. Men presumably must look just as washed out and yet nobody comments on them looking ill.

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  51. This is a breath of fresh air! I use very little make up, and only when I'm going out - smart restaurant or to London or another city. Maybe it's conforming and wearing the expected camouflage? I prefer no make up at all and actually the difference is so subtle it's probably a phychological thing so I don't feel like a country bumpkin!
    It makes me sad to see anyone under 25 who is plastered in so much makeup it looks like a mask and they are scared or appear in public without it

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  52. Great post. Live & let live. You're lucky with your hair though. Can't cope being grey (& very slightly younger than you by months, if a comment above is accurate). I don't get the 'orange'/fake tan look at all. That kind of make-up does make me stare.

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    1. I'm beginning to go grey Katherine and I'm actually quite looking forward to being completely grey. I've always envied women with dark hair who go completely white.

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  53. I'm just like you, no make up, and very little when I was young. A few years ago I bought some kohl pencils and mascara but used them twice. Now I sometimes use the mascara after wiping it off the brush with a tissue and use it to "comb" my eye lashes. I buy a skin care product for sensitive skin (just a face wash) and use floral rose water as a lotion. I smooth my skin once a week with a homemade peeling (1 spoon ground organic almonds, 1 spoon honey, 1 spoon calendula oil I make myself with flowers from the garden and organic olive oil).
    And may I add, you look much younger than 48 !

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  54. I wear makeup. I've just passed the big Seven Oh, and when you get to this sort of age, if you don't wear some makeup you can look a little mannish, the female hormones having long gone into decline. I also had chemo for breast cancer ten years ago and during that time lost all my hair (everywhere, for those not familiar with the effects of chemo) and my eyebrows hardly grew back, and what did grow back were sparse and now grey, so a little eyebrow pencil (grey to match my hair) is essential, as a face without brows is a like a picture without a frame. I don't wear much makeup, but it's the full works, moisturizer, foundation, a little powder, eye makeup and lipstick. I don't feel dressed without it and it makes me feel better knowing I look the best I can make myself look (without such horrors as Botox or a face lift!) I have good skin and relatively few wrinkles and I put this down to (a) genes and (b) having worn make up which, contrary to many people's opinion, doesn't damage the skin, but actually protects it (provided it's not been applied with a trowel.) A further important factor in good skin is good cleansing. All is removed at night regardless of how tired I am. Also, as you age your skin colour changes and it's good to make sure you aren't stuck in a rut, still buying the same products you bought for 30 year old skin, or 50 year old skin. I have gone slightly paler and use a slightly lighter lipstick. The secret it not looking too 'made-up'; that is a recipe for disaster: you look like a drag act!
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  55. I to do not wear make up.. people accept me for who I am and really who wants to apply war paint at 6am morning to get out of the door on time for work ( I already get up at 5.30 that is early enough)

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  56. I don't wear make-up either. I do occasionally put lipstick on if I'm going to a wedding, but I've always licked it off by the time I get out of the front door!
    It's not that I'm against make-up in any way, I just don't like the feel of anything on my skin.
    I'm 42, and nobody believes me when they ask me how old I am. Long may that continue.

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  57. Hi Sue,
    Love the blog, wish we lived nearer! Im 52 and like a lot of other ladies here have not worn make-up in donkeys years. I used to do the whole face thing when I was younger but it was purely as a social thing as it was not allowed at work. Since I've got older I seem to be experiencing a range of feelings over what seems to be a daft issue. Most of my working friends wear it and look effortlessly good. I sometimes think I would like to but dont even try because 1- I would look a mess because I cant see my face without glasses, 2- people would say whats wrong with you wearing make-up! and 3- I cant be bothered to take it all off at night before bed. That said I do wear a pink lipstick, always have my nails varnished and moisturise my skin daily. My hair is grey free and I dont need to shave my legs!

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  58. Brilliant, brave post Sue! Me - make-up (tinted foundation and lippy) approx once a fortnight, otherwise buckets of moisturiser and beeswax lip-balm every day does it for me. Bras - only on special occasions...

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  59. I wear a little when I'm working but it never takes more than five minutes to apply... And invariably I've rubbed it all off by the time I get home. I do wear moisturiser with a sun screen though. I don't colour my hair but I do get it cut regularly... And that's about it! You don't look 48 by the way... Much younger!

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  60. Pati from London1:36 pm BST

    What an interesting post and what a great pic, Sue!
    Whilst I don't always wear make up, I am one of those who very often wears a little bit of make up. Perhaps many people don't notice it, but I do and ultimately, I wear make up for myself. I have black hair but particularly since I came to live in the UK my skin has become quite pale so I feel that a little bit of blush etc uplifts my skin tone. Even when I don't wear make up I always use moisturiser with sunblock on my face as my skin is quite dry and sensitive to the sun ( I get rashes in the spring/summer).
    Whilst I don't work at the moment and I am a full time mum and student, I feel I don't want to "let go" and enjoy making a bit of an effort with the clothes I wear or accessories I may crochet or knit. It makes me feel good. I am 40 and have never felt more contented in my own skin than now.

    Concerning twitter, I haven't even bothered.....it seems like a bit of a waste of space and I don't like facebook much either..... but I do love the freshness of your blog!! Pati x

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    1. Anonymous4:08 pm BST

      Why do people feel pale is bad? You hear it a lot! Nice that the next comment doesn't feel so negative about it. Lots of actresses are pale and not orange as so many soap 'stars' are. It's a good look.

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  61. Hello Sue, a lovely read as always!

    I always wanted to be one of those girls who looked amazing in makeup but well even at my tender age of 27 I still haven’t got around to it. I do on occasion wear a bright red/pink lippy but apart from that nothing, and the other half much prefers me without it which makes me glow! I do wear a stupidly expensive moisturiser with a factor 30 built in due to wanting to keep my lovely English rose colouring, I shudder at the thought of a tan. On the other side with regards to my hair it’s down to my bum and is normally an emerald green or if I’m lazy a grass green and it’s been that colour for the last what 5/6 years, I won’t even get into how long it takes to dye my naturally dark brown/black hair green lol! With regards to twitter I am on it but never use it, after the first day of finding out every last detail of some peoples day's I gave up. I do have instagram but to be honest very rarely on it these days!

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  62. Lori in Texas2:26 pm BST

    I'm 43 and never wear makeup, but did in high school. I do use sun block every day (I live in Texas). I agree that only make up users notice it and I think it makes most people look older than they are and takes too much time. I can't be bothered. I love your blog, but don't think I've commented before. Funny that something I'm not interested in is what made me comment. thanks,

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  63. I haven't worn make-up for years, and have a horror story of my son age 5 or thereabouts finding my old make-up bag and adorning both himself and the room. My son is now 32...I do use moisturising creams though, my skin is very dry and at 66 needs to have a bit of help

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  64. That soap looks like it smells good...
    I do wear makeup most days. Not sure why really; I hate foundation so don't bother with that. And I don't go much for lipstick either - usually some sort of tinted balm or similar. But I do like to wear mascara, shadow and eyebrow pencil.
    Other days I CBA and go bare-faced. Give my skin a rest and feel pleased about not having to bother with eye makeup remover.
    One thing I did find useful whilst at work (not that I did it often): if you need the afternoon off, go in without makeup on. People will kindly tell you how pale/tired/washed-out you look so it'll come as no surprise when you say you feel awful and need to go home and lie down.

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    1. It does have a nice spicy smell which doesn't upset my menfolk, they don't like florals.

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  65. Oh, and I do use Twitter. It's a bit of an irritant to be honest but I can't get my head around Instagram. Do you need an iPhone or other 'smart' device? My mobile's ancient.
    I'd definitely leave Twitter behind and use IG instead but assume I can't do that...

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    1. Yes you do need a smartphone Sarah, doesn't have to be an iphone though, mine isn't. I think you'd like IG a lot

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    2. Ooh, better get my smartphone fixed then (it drowned when a flask of tea leaked in my bag)...

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  66. Anonymous8:04 am BST

    Totally barefaced and have been for years.
    I get comments that I am confident in my looks to go barefaced but the opposite is true.
    I really cannot be bothered x
    Molly 41

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  67. Now I'm retired I only wear make-up when I'm going out. If I'm in a rush, or I forget, people always ask if I'm feeling alright because I look ill. I have very blonde eyebrows and eyelashes so without make-up it looks like I haven't got any. I do use both shampoo and conditioner and have my hair cut every six weeks. I shave my underarms in the summer but I have never, ever shaved my legs. As a teenager i was told that once you start shaving them you will always have to, so I never started and have never needed to. I very occasionally get a stray hair on the back of my left leg, which I very painfully pluck out with a pair of tweezers.

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  68. Sue, you are lovely and you have that gorgeous English Rose complexion that Australian women dream of. You do not look 48 but I gather you wouldn't care either way. I do admire your confidence! I don't wear make-up everyday or very much at all as I'm home with kids during the day. I slap on the sunscreen as I'm outdoors most of the day but I've always had 'bad' skin and am quite self-conscious about it so I do wear a bit make-up when I go out. I like getting dressed up to go out and putting on make-up is part of that. Most people are used to seeing me without make-up so when I do wear it I tend to get compliments. I understand what some of the other commenters say about other people saying they look tired and unwell when they don't wear it as I notice that about my friends who wear makeup religiously when I see them suddenly without it :-)

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  69. Just soap and water for me; I make my own soap so dont need a moisturizer Do put sunscreen (50) and a little lipstick before going out. I have vitiligo but fortunately not badly on my face.

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  70. I love make up. However I think there is an art to applying it and not everyone bothers to learn. Not being blessed with alabaster skin make up has been a god send. Mascara?! Manna from heaven to my blonde lashes. Without my eyes look like pee holes in the snow!!!

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  71. Brilliant post and boy haven't you got a lot of responses to it, you've obviously hit on something we all have things to say about.

    I wear very little makeup, just a skin cream with a sunscreen added (otherwise I get brown marks on my temples) and that's it..... unless I'm going out then I sometimes add a smidge of concealer and some clear mascara, which just curls my already long lashes nicely. I have always hated the feel and taste of lipstick and have worn it only once, when to please my Mum we went for a colour therapy and make up thing, I threw away the lipstick I was shamed into buying after it languished unused in the drawer for months.

    Another pet hate of mine now is nail varnish, I used to love it when I was much, much younger but now I can almost feeling it clogging up my nails. I don't understand the current trend for paying to get your nails done weekly or monthly, what is wrong with buying your own nail varnish and doing it yourself.

    My daughter in law is so high maintenance, I wonder where she gets the time or the money .... or perhaps I know, my son is run ragged working all the hours he can to finance her and her daughter's 'images' :-(

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    1. Oh dear Sue. I must tell my husband how much money I save us being maintenance-free!

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  72. Barefaced here too. When I worked I used foundation and mascara only and couldn't wait to wash it all off once I got home again.

    I use Sanex liquid soap and a cream prescribed by my doctor for extremely dry skin. I love to wear perfume too.

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  73. Hello Sue. Funny, I don't think I've commented here before either, and I've never worn makeup or been at all interested in it, yet obviously it's a topic that interests many of us, and something we do notice about other women! I'm also 48 (at least, I am for another couple of months!) and though I'm a bit more wrinkly than you (genes, the Australian sun, a love of gardening, etc!), I don't think my bare face looks too bad. It's not something I think about much, anyway. I do use moisturiser every night, but never soap (except for the time our alpaca spat in my face; yes, he really did!), and rarely sunscreen. I prefer to wear a hat and long sleeves with a standing-up collar. As to perfume, I can't stand it any more. Child birth seems to have permanently affected my sense of smell, and it just makes me feel hay feverish and ill now. My bras are the stretchy T-shirt fabric ones you can buy in the teen section of a department store, and Twitter... what's that?! Love your blog and enjoy your sense of humour! Thanks for the chat on an interesting topic! Fiona x PS You do have lovely skin!

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  74. I stopped wearing it a few months ago after watching this TED talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PENkzh0tWJs

    My daughter was asking all the same questions as the speaker's child; I stopped wearing it. I think I look less tired rather than more, since my eyeshadow always seemed to end up falling under my eyes anyway and making dark circles on its own. I will admit to wearing yellow-toned mineral concealer on my eyelids every day though, since my eyelids are quite heavy and pink and I run the risk of looking as if I am constantly on the verge of tears.

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    1. Yes, that's the video Tess mentioned and it is brilliant.

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  75. What I'm taking away from all the comments above is that we're all different and most of us have settled on a make-up regimen or lack of one that fits our personal circumstances. Which is why the handful of judgemental comments worry me.

    All the women in my family suffer from vitiligo, to a greater or lesser degree. In my early 50s I'm lucky to only have the classic panda eyes, where all pigment disappears from the skin in the eye area (and eventually from one's eyelashes and eyebrows, although that delight is still ahead of me), and my once fair hair is well on the way to becoming white. I also have very fair skin anyway - so the panda eyes thankfully aren't too noticeable - with plenty of freckles and some other signs of sun damage caused by my outdoorsy - until a few years ago - life style. So when I say I use tinted moisturiser with spf, eyeshadow and mascara, and a dusting of powder whenever I'm going out I'd say that's little different to many others saying they use no make up at all. I'm simply putting back what the rest of you haven't lost.

    It fascinates me that not so long ago using any make up marked one out as "a hussy" - my grandmother actually said that to my sister once - but now it's using too much make up. It also fascinates me that almost everything we do relating to appearance - wear a fancy frock to a wedding rather than jeans and a t-shirt, shave our legs but not our forearms - is a mark of cultural conditioning. How wonderful if we could just stop seeing differences.

    Great post.

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    1. That would indeed be wonderful. I wonder if men with vitiligo cover it up with makeup?

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    2. Actually they do, you can buy concealing products especially for vitiligo that men use. And I know many with vitiligo, men and women, find the very obvious facial differences caused by vitilgo hard to cope with.

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    3. Thanks for that Annie. Vitiligo is, as you've probably guessed, not something I know much about. Sounds very unpleasant.

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