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Me, age 48, with and without make-up

Published May 28, 2012 by Maryanne

Me, September 2011, age 48 – NO MAKE-UP!

Me, December 2011, with make-up (Photo by Darlene Foster)

Last summer, a month after my 48th birthday, something was going on with my eye. The eye doctor I was going to at the time couldn’t find anything wrong and said it was allergies.

It was so bizarre. Every time I went to put make-up on, my right eye would pinch and tear and hurt. This went on for a few months. So from September to November I didn’t wear any make-up at all and my eyes felt fine.

In late November, the eye problem mysteriously went away as it mysteriously came. And now it’s spring and the “eye allergies” never came back.

Going without make-up was equally liberating as it was humiliating and frustrating. Make-up has been a part of my personality since I was a teenager. I love make-up, especially eye make-up. I felt naked without it and always thought I looked washed out or tired — or like a plain Jane.

But after looking at some photos of me without make-up and seeing how nice my skin looks, I feel I had nothing to worry about. I do look kinda cute without it as long as I remember to SMILE!

So, to ladies who love make-up, if there’s ever a time you have to go without it — don’t be scared, you might be pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it feels going all natural!