Here’s What Happened When 20 Women Stopped Wearing Makeup

No Makeup Monday requires coffee. Just kidding, it's actually Schnapps. 
No Makeup Monday requires coffee. Just kidding, it’s actually Schnapps.

On Monday, I begged and pleaded with my fellow females to partake in #NoMakeupMonday. I even sent out an email to some of the ladies I admire most in life, asking them to not only ditch their makeup on Monday, November 25, but share pics of themselves via social media.

I was scared I’d be the lone #NoMakeupMonday ranger.

It’s hard to ask people to do something that I myself found to be a bit uncomfortable! I am thrilled & impressed that 20+ gals (and one guy) were up for the challenge. Here’s what some of them had to say:

“My face had a good day with#nomakeupmonday. Thanks to @mollymogre for the inspiration.”

“Wow, thanks Molly for doing this! The sweet comments are great on a day when you’re feeling pretty gross:)”

“I have realized that every day by three pm is no make up Monday. That’s when I finally look in mirror and all the makeup has gone away.”

“The no make up thing effects the eyes the most. That’s why mascara is the one thing I want. Happy Monday.”

“If I am not meeting with any clients, it’s All Naturaaaaal. I’m a skin crazo though. It’s good to let your skin breathe.”

And this one was great:

“I’ll let you know the tally of folks who mention… “you look different today…” if your prediction is accurate, we will land at a whopping 0.”

Followed by this, three hours later:

“Confirmation. Zero people seemed to notice.”

I added all the pics I could find here. If I missed you, let me know & I’ll add ya! I am curious what you all thought. Was wearing no makeup a challenge? What did you like? Dislike? Did you learn anything? Would you do it again? And if you purposely didn’t participate, what is it about wearing makeup that you weren’t ready to let go of? Please comment below.

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Comments (5)

  • Maggie Stack 7 years ago Reply

    I would totally do it again. The best part was how it saved time…my routine is no very time intensive as it is but cutting out 5-10 mins might mean I catch an earlier bus!

  • Carly Bosanko 7 years ago Reply

    I only get half participation points because while I did go makeup free last Monday, I did not post anything on any social…one of those, if a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one around to hear it situations. So in attempt to redeem myself, I’ll share my experience. I got no comments good, bad or otherwise. Perhaps the time I spend in the mornings isn’t worth the trouble. Thanks, Molly for the initiative!

  • Jackie Dela Pole 7 years ago Reply

    Molly – I have to say – I used to be a no-makeup-lady much of the time but somehow it has crept into my routine on the daily. Monday was a great reminder to me that not only is no makeup a-ok it feels good too! My face felt so happy that I decided to do a double run and did no makeup on Tuesday. I even had a gentleman at the office comment that he doesn’t like makeup… in general. Thanks for the reminder that we ladies are gorgeous both ways and makeup should be a choice not an expectation. (My face also says thank you.)


  • Whitey Mogren 7 years ago Reply

    For years I have wondered how the whole makeup thing was able to gain a foothold in our societies? Why just the females of the species? If no one ever had ever used it would our lives be so different? I doubt it. It seems to be a case of, I must use it to fit in or keep up with the rest of the girls. If I were a woman I would applaud seven days of makeup free living.

    molly mogren 7 years ago Reply

    Deep thoughts, White One! And it’s strange that at certain points, it was en vogue for men to wear makeup (think ancient Egypt or even French revolution-ish era).

    If you ever want to borrow my lipgloss, let me know 🙂

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