Makeup Fast: Days 3, 4 and 5 (I’m Beginning To Like This!)

(Written between Friday June 29 and Sunday July 1)

I know I’ve said this already, but I LOVE how much time I have in the morning, now that I’m not putting makeup on. It feels so good to be able to leave the house so quickly! On Friday, Ellie and I went swimming, and usually we don’t leave the house until 10:15-10:30; this time we left the house at 9:15! All because I didn’t have to keep Ellie entertained while I applied my makeup (it takes at least twice as long to do my makeup when Ellie is around). When we got to the club, it was practically empty, and there was no one else in the pool area. So for a full hour we had the pool and sauna all to ourselves. It felt like we were on vacation!

And can I tell you something surprising? Only one person has said anything about my naked face, and it wasn’t even critical. I would have thought for sure that someone would have told me I look unwell, or that I look tired by now. (I’m sure no one has commented because they all know that I’m fasting, so they’re already expecting me to look terrible. My friends are very kind like that.) But regardless, I’m pleased. I really hate being told I look tired, only because I’m not wearing mascara, so this is a welcomed surprise.

Elle and I went swimming again on Saturday (what can I say, we love the pool), and it was so nice to not have to worry about her splashing me in the face. I realized (as she dunked half of my face into the pool), how restricted I usually am in playing with her in the pool, because I don’t want to get my face wet. How boring! We’re having so much more fun at the pool, now that I’m not afraid of getting my fece wet (“I’m melllllting!”)

I was really nervous to go to church on Sunday. No one there reads my blog (I don’t think), so no one was aware that I was going to look like a sea monster. I wonder if I should have posted this on our Facebook page? Or sent a mass email? “Be warned: Melissa Godsey will not look like herself on Sunday, but DO NOT mention it under any circumstances. In fact, tell her she looks well-rested, and prettier than ever!”

Church-folks should be the least of my worries. I mean, “judge not,” right? But NONE of them had ever seen me without makeup. Not even when I was sweating to death on a rooftop in Mexico. I just look…different. Well, only ONE person said a thing at all, and it was only because we’re buddies on Instagram, and she happened to see my naked face photos. So, I’m chalking that up as a win.

Side-note: I was by myself all weekend because my husband was out of town for work, so I completely forgot to take photos to prove that I’m not sneaking makeup on when you guys aren’t looking. I promise: I was barefaced.

On Sunday night, while I was pulling my hair back, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and for a fleeting moment, I liked my naked face. I mean, I didn’t think it was pretty in the way that faces are generally regarded as pretty, but I liked it. But even then I thought, “why do my eyelashes have to be SO blonde? Ugh.” But hey, Sunday was day 5 of 40, and I already had a moment where I liked my naked face. That’s progress! I’m just getting to the point now where going around naked-faced isn’t feeling completely mortifying, and I still have 35 more days ahead of me. I expect that now that I’m edging out of complete and total discomfort, my ears will be a bit more open to what God has to say to me, and I have a feeling that that’s when all the difficult, heart-changing stuff happens.

35 more days to go!



For details on the “Fresh-Faced for 40 Days” makeup fast, check out this post.

Please join me! You can participate as passively as cheering me along (I will need lots of encouragement), or as actively as joining me in fasting from makeup for the full 40 days. I would love to have some ladies on this journey with me! If you’re interested in joining me, I’ve made a Facebook group where we can keep each other updated on our progress, post links to our blog posts, and generally hold each other accountable. Obviously, we’ll all be starting on different days, so it’ll be fun to cheer each other on through the different stages.

Also, feel free to use the button I’ve made (in the left sidebar, on the top) to link-back to the original post, so you don’t have to do all of the ‘splaining to your friends if you don’t want to.

Or, you can just subscribe to my blog over there in the sidebar, or follow me on twitter @melissajenna.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to share them. I always love hearing what you guys have to say.

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  1. Yes! I am beginning to like my face too and even one of my favorite pictures of late was one of me without makeup. I think we have it twisted in our heads about the truth. Love, love, love that you are documenting this.

    • I’m not quite at the place where I’m liking my pictures yet, but I’m beginning to think I’ll get there. And I think you’re totally right about us having the truth twisted in our heads. Every day I realize it’s almost completely in my head; no one else really notices or cares. 🙂

  2. Way to go on your journey Melissa. That’s the truth when we aren’t focused on feeding our faces with things that we have time for other things. I am happy to hear that you are coming around to being “naked” in the eyes of the world. I believe that when we are not worried about things that we are able to experience things which we otherwise would have missed out on. May I challenge you to look at yourself in the mirror each day and say to yourself one thing that you like about what you see?

  3. I prefer the no make up face.

  4. Tom S

     /  July 2, 2012

    If worst comes to worse, make sure Mike has the name and number of a cosmetician you trust.

    Nothing like looking twenty years older, when you enter your final resting place. I swear, if I would have thought of it I would have held a mirror to my wife’s face. Would have woke the dead.

    I buried my dad with a pack of cigarettes and some matches. You might want to give some thought to packing some extra mascara, and foundation. Come the resurrection, I’m sure there will be plenty of women looking to bum some. After all they will want to look their best as they greet their loved ones.

  5. Found your blog through your 50 Shades post & now i’m a follower. LOVE you & your writing. You’re adorable & fun to read. Look forward to reading more! 🙂

  6. Heather

     /  July 7, 2012

    You can do it! I have lately entered a season of being (sort of) okay with not wearing makeup. I was sick of the notion that my beauty was conditional, that it was based on whether or not I was wearing makeup or cute clothes. Instead I have been letting God fill me with satisfaction about my appearance, and I feel so much better about myself knowing that he intended for me to look this way! Plus, people haven’t really said much whenever I don’t wear it. Sometimes I’ve even gotten compliments on my skin….insane. You are so beautiful without makeup- believe it!

  7. Tina

     /  July 7, 2012

    I actually go months without make up and for a 25 year old dat must be strange to pple. But I go to work/church/movies/grocery store without make up. If I’m goin out to a formal gathering, I wear a little make up but on an everyday basis, I don’t. Give yourself time, believe me you’ll get used to it. After the 40 days you may go back to make up but you’ll reduce what you put on, maybe just mascara and u’ll be ok to go out


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