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7 Things That Might Happen If You Stop Wearing Makeup

You Might Be Insecure (At First)

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We know what you might be thinking: Will you look tired? Or less attractive? Will your coworkers and friends mumble on the side? Chances are no—no one will notice. And though you might feel a little self-conscious initially, those fears will be eased when you realize you suddenly have an extra half hour to spare in the mornings.


You Might Become Less Stressed

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Let's be real: Maintaining a beauty routine can be a hassle. Is your foundation even? Are your lashes clumpy? Has your liner smudged? Not wearing makeup will alleviate you from these little anxieties and free up more of your mind for important tasks, like taking the time to stretch and meditate—or, ya know, searching for the best doughnuts in every single state.


Your Skin Might Clear Up

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Between the foundation and concealer and blush and contouring, there are so many layers of product on your face. And if we're being really honest with ourselves, we're probably not removing it all correctly at the end of the day—which means it's left in our pores. Give your skin a break from it all and you might find yourself with clearer skin in a couple days.

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You Might Look Younger

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Especially if you tend to be heavy handed with your makeup normally. That smattering of freckles across your nose and the rosiness in your cheeks that you're always trying to tone down—those traits actually make you look more naturally youthful.

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You Might Get More Invested In Your Skincare

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Hey, if you're going to go barefaced, you want your skin to look as good as possible (not broken out and blotchy). So slap on the serums and masks and the all-important SPF and your skin will thank you now...and later.

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And You Might Appreciate Your Hair More

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Just because you're forgoing makeup doesn't mean that you're giving up on your appearance entirely. Use a few of those newly reclaimed minutes to smooth down any frizz—or finally try out that pretty braid you never had time for before.

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You Might Realize That You Don't Need Makeup (Or That You Just Need Less)

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Once you go without makeup for a while, putting it back on can feel foreign. And heavy. Instead of covering your entire face in foundation, you might find yourself just dabbing on a little concealer. Or perhaps instead of doing a full-on smoky eye, you'll go for a light coat of mascara instead. No matter what, you'll have gained a fresh perspective.

This article originally appeared on PureWow.

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