Makeup-Free Challenge

As I sat down to type today’s blog post, I struggled to pick a topic. Sometimes ideas flow easily, and other times I have to dig a little deeper to find a subject matter I would like to share. I considered posting my recipe for Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies, but I think I am going to wait until next week to share those. (I know, the suspense is intense! If you just can’t wait until then, check out my picture of the brownies on Instagram to hold you over!) Then I considered sharing my Turkey Trot race recap, but I decided to save that for next week as well. Nope, today I wanted to just keep it simple and personal by sharing my experience with yesterday’s Elf for Health challenge.

Like I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, Elf for Health is an annual online event ran by Elle and Lindsay to encourage all who participate to approach the holiday season in a healthy way. For instance, here is the list of challenges:

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If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter than you know yesterday’s challenge was to go makeup free for the day. As someone who works in a corporate office setting, this can be daunting at times as I want to feel put-together and confident when at work. Now to be truthful, I don’t wear a ton of makeup during the day anyways. However, I at least usually wear a touch of primer, powder, a bit of blush, lip gloss and a swipe of mascara. Wearing nothing except moisturizer is definitely a challenge!


At first I considered wearing at least a little primer, but then I decided against it. I drink a lot of water, wash my face every night before bed, moisturize like crazy, get plenty of sleep, eat healthy and exercise consistently, and I believe that my skin reflects the effort I put into it.

I know I am still pretty young so nice skin may be more expected, but it honestly wasn’t always this way. I was someone who struggled with constantly trying to conceal blemishes and imperfections in my teen years while searching to find a healthy balance with food and exercise, while also trying to find confidence in myself.

Do you want to know the saddest thing of all? Looking back now, I see a beautiful girl both inside and out! Unfortunately though, I didn’t see it at the time just like so many other girls.

Going make-up free at that time in my life would have been an entirely different experience than it is today, and it’s not just because my face has cleared. Being able to go makeup free to my job with confidence, as well as post makeup-free pictures on the internet for the world to see is a huge page turn in my story.

I think we all go through those tough times in life; some in our teens, even many in our 20’s or 30’s. We are all trying to find ourselves and our purpose, but sometimes the right choice is to just be still and appreciate the moment. Someday when I am blessed to be a mom, I pray that I will have the right words and actions to encourage my children to find self-love from a young age.

Isn’t that the whole point of growing up? We learn from our own mistakes to help steer our own children from making the same ones.

I want to encourage all of you to go makeup free for a day, even if it is just to the grocery store and the gym.  Don’t be afraid to give your face a break from makeup by letting that true beauty shine from within!


If you want to read more about Elf for Health, click here; and if you want to see more makeup-less faces search #Elf4Health on Instagram and Twitter!

** Just a reminder that you can still enter to win a custom Christmas / Holiday card from Meg Creative Designs! Enter Tuesday’s giveaway here. You still have until tonight to enter!!

Conversation Time.

  • What are your thoughts on going makeup-free for a day? Is this a challenge you would consider?
  • What is your typical makeup routine like? Do you usually wear makeup to your job?
  • Was there ever a time in your life when you struggled with self-confidence? Is there perhaps a time in your life that you would never have considered going without makeup for a day?
  • If you are a parent or plan on being one someday, what would you like to teach your children that you wish you would have known at their age?


  1. Paula says:

    What a healthy and confident decision. Beautiful skin. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much! You have always been my encourager and reminder that beauty comes from within! 😉

  2. Looking lovely! I need to follow your healthy routines to try to get better looking skin like yours! But I actually rarely wear makeup (only on very special occasions), but I think that’s more of a laziness thing than anything else. Or maybe just not willing to put in the effort (maybe I also struggle with the self confidence thing…)

    Glad you’ve found the beauty inside and out! This Elf 4 Health challenge sounds pretty neat. Maybe I’ll join in next year! (or just continue to follow along from the sidelines for the rest of this one)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for commenting! Definitely consider becoming involved with Elf 4 Health next year. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and to not only give encouragement, but to receive it as well!

  3. love this!! so glad you liked the challenge
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Lindsay! It was such a good one, definitely a favorite of the challenges so far! 🙂

  4. Jana,

    I love your perspective of no makeup Wednesday. Although I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup I still struggled. I LOVE mascara, so that part was hard, and I have a very faint birthmark on my forehead that I’m probably a bit to self conscious about. Actually, is so faint that people who I’ve known for years say that they never noticed it.

    But once I got the courage to get over my self criticism I loved being make-up free. I faced the day with a freshly washed faced, used my fav natural toner, moisturizer with SPF, and a big ol’ smile knowing that I was no longer judging my own looks.

    Looking forward to your next #elf4health post!


    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so so much for your sweet comment! It looks like you and I had a pretty similar experience. I truly think that confidence is the best ‘makeup’ you can wear!

      I am so glad you stopped by to say hi! I am heading over to your blog now to check it out! 🙂

  5. I wouldn’t consider it a challenge, but it also helps that I’m a stay at home mom haha. 😉 So there are many days that I go without make-up. But in the past, it would have been a challenge. I’ve never had really bad skin, but I did use to have issues with breakouts. So I was ALWAYS wearing at least some type of concealer. But I’m thankful to say that age seems to have brought on somewhat better skin. It took me until I was almost 30 but hey, I’ll take it! 😉

    And P.S. you look gorgeous no matter what … make up or bare skinned!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      You are so sweet! 🙂 Thank you so much Kristen! I agree, as we get older I think we get more confident and know how to take care of ourselves and our skin better, (no more I can live on sugar attitude! 😉 ) I never had terrible skin, but I definitely battled breakouts and it made me quite self-conscious at times. Thankfully,I have seemed to grow out of it, (for now at least!!)

  6. This post was so inspiring! I saw it in the LINK LOVE on the elf 4 health facebook page. So happy for your discovery and I felt the same way doing this challenge! Beautiful inside and out : ) Great post!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Aww thank you so incredibly much Jessi! I am glad you enjoyed this post and that you found through Facebook! I think a lot of us had similar experiences with this challenge, and I love how we can all relate to one another and encourage each other as we step outside our comfort zones! 🙂

  7. You look great and have beautiful skin!
    I break out when i wear make up so that helps me avoid it!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Heather! I break out from makeup too if I don’t make sure to take it completely off before bed and moisturize like crazy! My favorite products are definitely Bare Minerals for great coverage that is light and natural looking! 🙂

  8. You are SO beautiful without even a stitch of makeup! Love your reflection post. Thanks for sharing! xo
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Elle! This has definitely been my favorite challenge so far. I loved seeing all of those gorgeous faces without makeup all over social media! Confidence really is the best form of ‘makeup’! 🙂

  9. You’re beautiful! I’ve never been one to wear heavy makeup- just concealer, mascara, a little eyeliner (not all the time), sometimes blush, and Chapstick. I go makeup free a lot (my husband prefers me without!), but it’s nice to pretty up sometimes! I’ve luckily never suffered from breakouts, so that probably boosted my self-confidence in that department! Great post!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂 My husband is the same way and prefers the natural look over anything too over-done. It is so funny because he sometimes compliments me more when I have zero makeup on and am in sweats than if I put an hour or more into getting ready for an event! 😉

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