Every year, I do what I like to call a makeup detox.  It's funny how easy it is to just start wearing more and more makeup on a daily basis without realizing it. And then all of a sudden, you feel dependent on it - even if you're only running to grab groceries! That's where the detox comes in. 

I try to spend about a month wearing as little makeup as possible. It's a chance for me to 'embrace my face,' for lack of a better way to put it! It's an opportunity to remember that I like who I am and the way I look without all the bells and whistles, and also to be ok with maybe not looking perfect all the time. 

This can be a bit tricky, especially considering that I'm constantly shooting - both for here and for other projects. So what I usually do for my non-shoot days is wipe the slate clean. This time around, I thought I'd do something  never do and share a few photos sans makeup. However, disclaimer: skipping the makeup is a LOT easier with these 4 little tricks: 

1. My lashes and brows are tinted. I used to go in to a salon to have this done but it's pretty easy (and cheaper) to do yourself with a little research. It lasts about 3-4 weeks.

2. I've got a good lip whip on at all times - Kari Gran is my favorite, and they also make them with various tints if you want a little extra color. 

3. I use a tinted sunscreen. (this is also a great way to remember to put on sunscreen) 

4. I've been using GRANDELash - it's way cheaper than Latisse and to be honest, I've gotten better results so far!  

OH. And a bonus trick: good vitamins. I've been taking these and I'm obsessed. They've made my hair and nails feels stronger (and grow more), and they make my skin feel more moisturized and like it's got its own glow going. (also love these, perfect for if you haven't been eating quite right and want to get on track again) P.S. use my code Tienlyn10 for 10% off your order... 

To me, makeup is all about enhancing what I already like about myself and not hiding things I don't. It should be a treat - not a crutch. And that's what going without it for a bit always reminds me.  How do you feel about makeup? Do you feel like you are dependent on it? Or is #nomakeup and easy for you to do?