Eight tips on what to do when you can’t wear makeup.



Recently I have been undertaking a skin journey with the Clear Skin Clinic in Sandyford to reduce and, hopefully, remove my acne scarring. When it’s all over I will be bringing you along my journey with before and after photos, videos, prescribed skin care products, and all my thoughts, results and feelings on the process.

As I haven’t been able to wear makeup, which is a big part of my life, especially being a beauty editor and owner of a Brow and Makeup Studio, it inspired me to write this post. I have to say, going makeup free has been a lot harder than I originally thought it would be. The feel good factor of makeup has become a daily necessity for me, and without it, even my daily DART journey to work has become slightly more stressful. I live in fear of meeting someone I know and having to explain why I don’t look my usual self. Not that they would even notice, it’s probably more in my head than anything, but my reliance on makeup has become part of my internal confidence. It always has.

So it led me to think what happens if we are in a position where we can’t wear makeup for whatever reason, be it time constraints, allergies, or skin issues to name a few.

Whatever your reason, here are a few tips to help you look your best self without makeup.

  • Use a Glycolic Toner 

Using a toner with glycolic acid in it will exfoliate your skin and help even out the pigmentation. It will also help with open pores and acne-causing bacteria on the skin.

  • Use an SPF

The one thing you should be using daily without exception is an SPF. I know living in Ireland it’s the last thing we think about, but UVA and UVB rays are seriously harmful and cause hyper-pigmentation which makes they skin look uneven and blotchy. It also will lead to premature ageing, lathering and sagging of the skin, and it increases the risk of cancer.




  • Increase your Vitamin C

Vitamin C is beyond important for the skin: it helps to reduce free radicals and helps the skin to glow from within. Think about when you squeeze a lemon has on opened fruit like a banana or avocado – it doesn’t brown. That is the effect Vitamin C has on your skin.

  • Don’t Touch Your Face

Everyone does it, some more than others. Picking and touching your face will not only increase oil but will also cause redness. The bacteria on your hands can also cause spots and blemishes. The less you touch it, the better.

See the final four tips over on Beaut.ie.