A Picture Without Make-up

I’ve mentioned before that I am not a make-up girl.   I still rarely wear it and I have to say that at 43 years old I’m still okay leaving my house and not feeling like I could possibly scare small children.


If fact tonight we were watching Desperate Housewives(okay I was watching it and the girls were finishing up their homework before bed but evidently they were paying more attention to my show than their homework. But remember, I’m the mom who lets their 9 year old read The Hunger Games..anyway..) Eloise said to me “Gosh Mom, she sure looks like you!” And I said “You mean Teri Hatcher!?!” And Eloise said “Yes, she looks a lot like you except you have freckles and few more wrinkles.”


And then I made Eloise go to bed.  After I thanked her for the kind of nice compliment.


So when BlogHer asked me…


“What are your favorite tips and tricks for framing and showing off your beautiful face?


I wondered if I could say ‘low lighting’ and ‘hanging out with children who don’t notice your flaws.’


But assumed I needed a better answer and with everything in life I believe in keeping it simple.

-A simple and nice haircut and style that compliments your face shape

-Simple accessories that show your beautiful face and not take-away from it. Simple and classic earrings and necklaces

-A flattering neckline with your clothing

-Colors that flatter you

-Keep your make-up simple to show your features and smile and not hide them


I took a picture of me right out of the shower and a picture of me with my usual minimal make-up and typical daily outfit and accessories.

I know I don’t look as young as I once was and have reached the point where I know I probably can’t even pass for being in my 30’s and really I’m okay with that.  I love my age and I love the skin I have for my age and I feel healthy and honestly happy that I can still go without make-up and still wear a confident smile on my face.


Are you comfortable without make-up and how do you best show-off and frame your beautiful face?


See more beautiful ways to show off your gorgeous face at BlogHer’s Live Well Lived and enter the sweepstakes going on where you can enter for a chance to win!

About Tracy

My name is Tracy Morrison and I live in sunny Minnesota. I'm neither British nor a nun - I'm just a Midwesterner with a headache. This is mainly a humor and lifestyle blog that documents the lighter side of parenting. I am an ex-corporate ladder climber turned freelance writer, social media manager, world traveler, and marathon runner. I would love for you to contact me at tracy@sellabitmum.com

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  1. says

    You have gorgeous skin!

    I’m okay now with not going out without makeup. Pregnancy has given me good skin, yay!

    Even if I do wear make up, I only apply a base primer, mineral concealer and I HAVE to use a pencil for my eye brows because, well, I have none. I don’t even own mascara and I haven’t worn lipstick in years. Yikes.
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  2. says

    You are gorgeous! And have beautiful skin. I, sadly, am a thirty-year-old with pimples, so I do not feel comfortable going out without makeup (although sometimes I still do). My makeup routine is not nearly as much as it probably should be, powder, bronzer, and mascara, but I like to keep it light. Just as long as the pimples are hidden. Which they sometimes are.
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  3. says

    You look beautiful in both pictures!! Me, I’m definitely in the make-up camp. Have always wanted to be in the natural/minimal camp, but just.cannot.do.it! I have gotten REALLY fast at my morning make-up routine though! I have hereditary dark circles, so I cannot live without concealer & some mornings I will take the kids to preschool (no carpool, must walk kids to the classroom) with just concealer & a bit of creme blush. But I feel more put together when my face is done.
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  4. says

    Oh my goodness! You can definitely pass for being in your 30s, you are gorgeous and amazing. Wow! Honestly I hate makeup but people ask me if I’m tired if I don’t wear it and I hate it and I end up looking like a 2bit whore just so I don’t look 50 and I’m only 35. You’re really naturally beautiful!!
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  5. says

    Sorry, no make-up tips here. Unless you want to travel back to 1987 with me and I can show you how to look like Robert Smith of The Cure?
    Anyway, you look great! And I love being 43 with you!
    Your Friend, m. who thinks it’s much easier being a guy.
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  6. says

    You look great and I recognize that Target dress in pic number two. I actually wear make up much less often than I used to. Partly because I don’t have time and partly because I’m more comfortable in my own skin.
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  7. says

    You are gorgeous! I wasn’t wearing much make-up for a while (though I love the mascara!) Right now, though, my kids are having some sleep issues, and my skin is just tired. So I’ve been wearing more than usual lately 🙁

    I like tinted moisturizer, easy lip balm that’s shiny but doesn’t get all over everything, mascara, a little eyeliner sometimes.
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  8. says

    I wear a little makeup to work but that’s it. I’m 100% comfortable in my skin, my bare, natural face and love the beauty there. I get a lot of compliments on my skin and it’s wonderful to hear as I don’t really do much to it. A lot of that comes from confidence though. I’m crazy in love with being the age I am, and being who I am.

  9. Ann says

    I wear minimal make up too. Otherwise on the days you don’t have time for a full face, you look half-dead b/c you’re not used to seeing your naked face.

    • admin says

      That’s a very good point. I’ve been scared by people before when they are almost all made-up and then they are not. OH god.

  10. says

    If “comfortable without make up” means not answering the door when it rings even though I know it the UPS guys with some awesome package, then Yes. I am comfortable without make up.

    That said,I love how I look when I’m tanned. So, come July? No make up.
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  11. says

    Well pretty girl, it doesn’t hurt that you are still sporting your Florida tan! Gorgeous, as always.

    I was reading an article on the train that talked about different makeup suggestions for your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and the product they recommended for 40 year old skin is called Spackle. I kid you not…

    I will stick with my tinted moisturizer and wear my wrinkles with a smile!
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  12. says

    Check you out, Hottie McHotterson! You do have a really great complexion.

    I wear minimal make-up and routinely go without it on the weekends unless I’m going somewhere other than the grocery store, Target, etc. I was lucky in that I got the the best of both my mom and my dad – my dad’s ageless alabaster complexion, but with my mom’s ability to get a golden tan (whereas my dad burns). It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really come to realize just how genetically blessed I am. I still routinely get told I look like I’m in my mid-to-late 20’s and I love it! 🙂
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  13. says

    You look amazing, even fresh out of the shower! I don’t have time to do makeup most days, but I like doing a minimal look if I get the chance. Then I feel like photos of me look better than if I don’t. Needless to say, I’m far more likely to wear makeup if any of my kids’ grandparents are in town and snapping pictures! Either way, I’m not as comfortable in my own skin as I should be, but more than I used to be. Working on it.
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  14. says

    I am very uncomfortable without makeup. I don’t wear a lot, but my skin tone is very uneven and I feel like I need foundation. Once I’ve gone that far I might as well go whole hog… so to speak.
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  15. says

    I was a teenager in the 80’s- full make-up and hot rollers and aerosol hairspray!
    Needless to say, I have become a “wash (if we are lucky) and go” girl.
    Foundation and mascara are my daily tools, but I do whore it up occasionally…ok, a few times a year…a decade.
    Kerry at HouseTalkN
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  16. says

    I’m very comfortable without makeup but have been making an effort to wear eye makeup lately. Unlike you I don’t rock it in the fashion sense, so some effort somewhere helps.
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  17. says

    Well, you look terrific to me! With little or no make-up. I have rarely worn make-up but probably should have. Most of my friends don’t and maybe that’s why I didn’t think a whole lot about it. But I’ve discovered that as I age – think in the 45 range – I need more color. So a little mascara and lipstick if nothing else makes me feel better when I do look in the mirror. And sort of take attention away from the wrinkles and soon to be sagging neck. It was a real bummer when one of my daughter’s classmates asked if I was her grandma. She’s 10. But then just the other day another classmate told my daughter that she looks exactly like me. And my daughter seemed pleased. Wasn’t wearing make-up either time.