Looking better make-up free is made up

Applying make-up
Applying make-up

You look better without make-up on is the lie men have been telling women for years.

And whilst women’s magazines would have us believe men prefer the au natural look, years of caking on the slap has taught me otherwise.

Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC

Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC

The no make-up selfie phenomenon that swept Facebook and raised millions for charity re-ignited the make-up free debate.

And whilst I was all for getting involved with this charity challenge I didn’t suddenly have an epiphany that I would never again wear make-up.
Surveys may claim men prefer fresh faced women but I beg to differ.

I’m not saying fake lashes, smoky eyes and bright red lippy should be the staple look of choice but let me tell you I have had a lot more compliments with my make-up on than without.

You may call me shallow but people generally tend to look better when they’ve put a bit of effort into getting ready so what’s wrong with admitting that.

Simply rolling out of bed and running out of the door is all well and good but unless you’re blessed with flawless skin and naturally sculpted cheekbones I’m guessing you’re not going to look at your best.

I’m not saying us girls should get up an hour early just to apply make-up but a bit of mascara and tinted moisturiser can make the world of difference and takes minutes to apply.

But reluctantly in a bid to test out this theory that is continuously rammed down our necks I have taken to trying to adopt the less is more approach - Which for a girl who is as obsessed with beauty products as I am has been quite an adjustment.

But it has opened my eyes - not as much as a set of false lashes and a good eye shadow shading job but still.

I can’t be dealing with a completely make-up free mug but I am guilty of caking on too much slap during the day so toning down couldn’t hurt.

Instead of the usual foundation, bronzer, translucent powder, blusher, eye shadow, brow pencil, mascara, lip gloss I cut down.

When you’re a make-up junkie simply going cold turkey is not an option and could result in serious risks to one’s health - that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

So I have been opting for tinted moisturiser, bronzer, blusher and mascara only.

And I will say I’m fairly happy with the results and even happier with my extra half hour in bed in a morning. I am willing to admit when it comes to make-up sometimes less is more but completely make-up free is never as flattering I’m afraid fellas, despite what you tell us.