Do You Wear Makeup When You’re Chillin’ at Home?

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While I was at the MAC counter today checking out the new A Rose Romance collection, I overheard a girl say that she loves makeup so much that she does a full face just to chill at home.


I started wondering how many of us beauty junkies do the same thing. 🙂

If I’m at home and know I’m not leaving the house, I’ll usually do a bare minimum of makeup so that I can bear to look at myself in the mirror — concealer, brows and mascara. That’s about it, though, unless I’m playing with makeup for fun.

Do you like to wear makeup when you’re just relaxing at home? If you do, do you do a full face or stick to a few basics?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lydia says:

    No, I only wear a full face if im playing with makeup too.

  2. jane says:

    Yup, but mostly for playing around with makeup.

  3. June says:

    hey karen! I spy products from Smashbox’s Untamed summer collection – will you be doing a review on that? I’m dying to know how the eyeshadow liners are! Thanks in advance!

    I don’t put on makeup unless I’m leaving the house. haha – am really terrified of clogging my pours (I’ve combi-oily skin)so I try to stay off the makeup whenever I can. I’ve some friends who, like you, do the bare minimum – at least mascara – and I really admire that! I’m just a little too lazy =p

  4. June says:

    I meant pores*…am writing a research paper now and going a little crazy!

  5. Paris B says:

    Nope, I go barefaced most weekends even when I go out for errands – yep I’m brave 😉 Unless of course I have to meet people then I’m less brave LOL… Happy weekend Karen!

    Paris B´s last blog post..Chanel Lumiere Celestes Collection – Levres Scintillantes glosses

  6. Indian Girl says:

    When I’m at home its just a moisturizer and eye cream but whenever I’m doing major cleaning and know I’ll be at it for at least a couple of hours…I dress up with a pretty red lipstick, get my hair up, some bronzer all over, finally a hair band…and I’m ready to clean everything !

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..Surprise Giveaway : You Asked For it ! Estee Lauder Double Wear Shadow Creme and Eye Liners

  7. Catherine says:

    I tend to do a full face every day just as part of my morning routine, I think it helps me mentally prepare for the day, especially if it’s gonna be a long tough one. If I’m running late in the morning, powder, blush and mascara are musts for me. I only don’t wear makeup when I’m working out, or if I wake up really late in the day and end up not taking a shower ’till the next morning. Then I know for SURE I’m not going out, lol…

    Catherine´s last blog post..Tagged by Chrissy

  8. nicole says:

    usually I don’t have anything on, just moisturize if i need it, lip balm if my lips are chapped etc…

    but at night if I’ve got insomnia or if I’m just in the mood… I put on full blown night-out makeup just for practice/fun!

    but then I’m sad when no one’s around to see it haha. Sometimes I take a picture 🙂

  9. Glosslizard says:

    I always do my skincare routine (antioxidant serum, moisturizer and sunscreen) no matter what! I’ll usually do a light look (something light like MAC paint pot in Painterly on the lids with mascara and lipgloss), but then if I get bored as the day goes on I’ll play! I sometimes end a day at home with a full smoky eye, contoured cheeks and siren red lips just because I can! LOL!

  10. I usually do the bare minimum so I don’t shriek at the 12 year old boy looking back in the mirror if I pass by hahaha. I will do eye wrinkle cream (ALWAYS), facial lotion w/SPF if I ma on being outside at all, concealer, eyebrows, blush and mascara.

  11. Mrs Schwartz says:

    I was home all day today (I knew I wasn’t goin’ anywhere) so I didn’t do anything to my face!

    But the whole time, I was like “Should I do my face, just in case?!?!” I was thinking that ALL day! :=)

    Mrs Schwartz´s last blog post..Knit.1 – Spring/Summer 2009!

  12. stacie says:

    Just the brows!

  13. Katrina says:

    Hi Karen, I hardly ever do my makeup when I know I’m just staying home. However, it changes if I know the husband is going to be around the house with me. Then I at least have to curl my eyelashes and wear mascara. I will admit to wearing more makeup around the house lately though because I’m trying out some new looks and new colors. But I only wear foundation for the super important days.

  14. Nikki says:

    when im just home during the day(which is most days:D ) i just put on some powder foundation, a tiny bit of bronzer, and some clear mascara. and if its a good day i’ll put on some eyeshadow

  15. DanielleO says:

    I’m a full-time mom to two little ones so if I didn’t wear make-up around the house, I’d never get to wear my makeup, LOL! It’s like my armor for the day. However, I do leave the house everyday – drop off/pick up at preschool, market, errands, etc.

  16. Connie says:

    barefaced most of the time! but I like playing with dramatic looks that I don’t usually go out with when I’m home and then take everything off again if I were to go out :p

    Connie´s last blog post..I Nuovi Reviews: Ivoluxe Lipstick + Metallogy Dipliner + Pro Lash

  17. pouneh says:

    For me depends…if i have a full day of hw ahead of me i play a lil with make up it cheers me up…i also wear new looks i want to try around the house to c if i feel comfortable to wear the look outside. Usually however i use a lil blush (i can look a lil ghost like without it) and a lip balm (tinted sometimes)…IF my skin is not looking so great i wear foundation to avoid picking at it. Also i know some ppl can not start their day without taking a shower makeup is that step and need for me 🙂 interesting enough I go bare face around my fiance when we r together more than I do when I am alone hahaha…

  18. Citrine says:

    unless I am messing with makeup, I leave my face alone…

    Citrine´s last blog post..Stila Gold Glow and Acapulco Summer Trio

  19. Ginger says:

    When I’m at home I like a clean, bare face with nothing on it…then again I’m not married and don’t care what I look like at home. 🙂

  20. Mishel says:

    i’m going to get flack for saying this, but i can’t believe half of these replies. girls, more self-esteem.

    to answer your question miss karen, i wear no makeup at home. if i go out and want to look more pulled together, i’ll do the bare minimum. when i want to go all out in the evening time with my friends, that’s when i bust out the eyeliner…

    have a good day! =)

  21. dimpy says:

    I am always barefaced at home ,no makeup just moisturizer and eye cream -I know I scare a lot of people being like that, my flatmates are brave to see me everyday lol.When I go out its kohl -must have for indian girls ,gloss and some blush .Its only when its party time it is a lil more…….No offence to anyone – I’m single and I dont want to scare my future hubby by wearing too much makeup that after marriage if he sees me without one he’ll wonder if he married someone else……lol

  22. Nancy says:

    Yes! I have a huge stash that I want to get through. Usually I wear some concealer, mascara and blush. It really depends on what mood I’m in.

  23. gio says:

    Unless I’m playing with makeup, I’m usually barefaced at home.

  24. Rachel says:

    Good question 🙂 Unless, I was experimenting with looks I wouldn’t be wearing much/if any makeup at home. The makeup I wear while experimenting is usually lip colors and eye stuff. I do sometimes wear moisturizer while inside, but it confuses me. My moisturizer has SPF 30, and I don’t know if I need it every day especially if I don’t go out. I wish I knew if the sun’s rays come through enough for me to justify wearing the SPF 30 indoors. Sometimes my skin’s natural oils are moisturizing enough in regard to the moisturization aspect alone. If my eyes look and feel really bleh and dry, I might use some eye drops and then use Dove Pro Age SPF 8 eye cream. That one has a really low SPF that I can justify with myself using indoors. Oh and lip balm, I definitely use a lot of that indoors: Rosebud Salve and Nivea Rejuvenation SPF 4.

  25. Magi says:

    Hm, if I am in a real chilly mood, I don´t. I feel very comfortable without MU. But I do a full face with a creative eye makeup on weekends only – just for fun and enjoy after a busy week to use my brushes without planning going out or leave the house.

    Magi´s last blog post..Magimania YouTube Channel – frisch ge-pimp-t!

  26. Erica says:

    I agree with Catherine (post 7). I also put on makeup every morning to mentally prepare myself for the day, even when I know I won’t be leaving the house. It helps me focus, and allows me a little bit of artistic expression to get my creative muscles exercised. I also find the before and after entertaining. On the other hand, occasionally I will try the no mascara look when going out, but I don’t think I have skipped blush since the day I discovered it.

  27. Rose says:

    At home, i am bare faced typically. Sometimes on a saturday or something, i will do a full face makeup just for th eheck of it and this way i dont have to do it later when i go out. Lol. But when im home relaxing, i let my skin breath.

    Rose´s last blog post..GIVEAWAY for 50 followers!

  28. Roxy says:

    When I’m at home, I don’t wear a trace of makeup. I just have my moisturizer and eye cream. Even when I go to the local grocery store or run errands to the post office, I don’t wear any makeup at all. But when I do wear makeup, I do a full face (eyeshadow, primer, brows, mascara, blush, highlighter, etc) with tinted moisturizer or Armani’s second skin.

    Roxy´s last blog post..Sun, Surf, and Sharks!

  29. YadiQ says:

    this past week i haven’t worn makeup at all lol

    i look very tired – which reflects how i feel

    weekends i don’t wear anything unless i am going out or shopping

    errands – 90% of the time bare faced and if i am in the house barefaced as well

  30. Kalyn says:

    I usually save the weekends for experiments. A daring look that I can’t wear for work for example. But I do put on make-up even if I’m going for the natural look. Putting on make-up is such a part of my morning routine that it’s hard to stop for two days out of the week. Also, putting on make-up makes me feel more finished.

  31. Nicole15 says:

    When at home, I do like to put on the bare minimum just so that I, personally, don’t have to see my imperfections. However, if it’s a day where I’m not too busy around the house, I will scoot into the bathroom & practice some looks. Try to do things that are new for me & that I normally wouldn’t wear to see if I can pull it off for work the next week. It’s my experimental time. So obviously after I’m done playing, I rock the look around the house until day’s end.

  32. Kirsten says:

    Yes! Even if i dont have my best outfit on, or hair that day…I like to know my face is in check, because you never know who you might see when you’re out 🙂

  33. I go bareface. I figure I’d let my face rest. But when I feel like experimenting with a look, I apply full makeup. 😀

    Lily Mathilda´s last blog post..5 Reasons Why My Favorite Drink is Coffee …

  34. Maggie says:

    haha, i don’t wear a full face unless i’m playing with makeup for fun! 🙂

    Maggie´s last blog post..Rich Green EOTD

  35. Trisha says:

    I get made-up about half the time. Mostly because I just really like wearing makeup and experimenting with eye shadow looks.

    But yeah, there are days when I don’t do anything and I just laze about.

    Trisha´s last blog post..Anniversary Celebration: Huge Beauty Giveaway Worth Over $100!

  36. Jenna says:

    If I’m with my boyfriend, I’ll give my skin a complete break. If BF is home, I’ll usually do foundation, blush and mascara at the bare minimum.

  37. Jenna says:

    hahaha and by “with” I meant “not with”

  38. Aleia says:

    I don’t wear anything when I am at home, I see no point since I am not going no where and no one is coming over. If friends come over, I’ll put on some concealer and powder quickly.

  39. Tatiana says:

    Oh heck no, that is time for my face to rest although when I’m home on Saturday nights, which has been a lot lately, I’ll practice my false lash application. So if anything, I’ll be chillin at home with huge eyelashes!

  40. Bellalina says:

    No, I usually don’t wear makeup when I’m just chilling in my house. Although, like some of the other ladies here that commented, I experiment with makeup a bit at home, even then I usually don’t do a full face.

  41. Lilan says:

    Hi Karen,

    Happy Friday! Hope all is well!

    For me, I’d prefer not to do a full face, if any makeup at all, when I’m at home. I usually just play around with a lip gloss or foundation just in case something calls me to go out – this way I don’t look like a total mess outdoors 😉

    Lilan´s last blog post..Warm Up for Summer with Coral Blushes

  42. Danielle says:

    I like to give my skin a rest on the days where I just stay home – like today! I don’t have school, so I just put on my moisturizer, and that’s it. If I go out today, of course, I’ll put on my everyday makeup.

  43. mukho says:

    He he definitely! Lipstick, gloss, and lots of ghostly green eyeshadow! Basically stuff I can’t wear to work, but love to wear anyway 🙂

  44. penelope says:

    no, i think it’s a waste of your product’s money. i only wear makeup when i go out or when there’s an event at my house. And of course, i only wear makeup when i want to.

  45. Michele says:

    After m y Saturday shower I do not wear make up. One day a week i do not wear night cream so that collagen can naturally build up.

  46. Jonni says:

    Whenever possible, I always put on my face. I love feeling and being as feminine all the time.

  47. AnneMarieB says:

    Almost always I put on make-up even if I’m home for the day – with 3 kids, I never know for sure where the day is going to take me…so I like to feel put together. I do try to take my make-up off as soon as I can in the evening.

  48. Briana says:

    As much as I love reading your blog, and I love the fabulous looks you put together, I have to admit that I am guilty of being slothfully lazy when it comes to makeup. I wear a bare minimum out of the house every day: light foundation, bronzer, light eyeshadow, brows and lashes… That’s the general extent of my makeup. If I’m not leaving the house I don’t put any on! I just avoid the mirror all day!

    Briana´s last blog post..Greyhounds!

  49. Karen B says:

    I usually do basics too: concealer, brows filling (now I’m back to a darker haircolour), a bit of liner, mascara and blush.

    But I love to play with makeup for fun 🙂

  50. Marina says:

    No way! My skin needs rest, too. Karen, i can’t believe you need make-up to be able to look in the mirror!

  51. Solé says:

    I never wear makeup when I stay home and don’t go out all day. But if I have to run errands I’ll do a five-minute face. I’m married and my husband works from home so he sees my makeup-less face all day on weekends, but I swear he wouldn’t know the difference either way. I’m pretty pale without makeup so I think he needs his glasses prescription updated.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      LOL! El Hub is also blind as a bat without his glasses. He hasn’t confused me with Tabs (yet).

      How long have you guys been married?

  52. Daya says:

    I tend to not wear makeup at home..but sometimes I will put on eye makeup.

  53. Amanda says:

    I think its best to wear concealer, tinted moisturizer, and definitely brows daily. Even when I know I’ll be at home all day you never know when you have to go to the store or a friend calls and say “hey lets go somewhere now im outside get in the car” lol. I don’t want to be the girl that says ok hold on let me do my make up first I like to be -half- ready atleast. If you have flawless skin already then no need for makeup. My face is ghostly and i have sparce brows so I need a lil umph to my face =)

    Amanda´s last blog post..A Rose Romance

  54. Michelle says:

    Nah I just chill all day bare faced.

  55. Sasha says:

    I am a stay-at-home mom and I always wear makeup. I feel naked if I don’t wear a full face makeup. That’s what makes me feel like a woman not just mother and wife. My kids know that i need at least 10 minutes of makeup time in the morning! I put powder, eye-shadows, mascara, do my brows, lipstick or lip-gloss and blush.

  56. shivotra says:

    i don’t wear any makeup at all unless i am playing with makeup, then i do the whole face and go all out.

  57. lexi says:

    all depends on my mood – you should have seen me on maternity leave however – i had full face makeup everyday. i may have worn sloppy hoodies and sweats but at least my make up and hair looked cute!

  58. Michele says:

    sometimes i try a new face and play around with a new look.
    maybe it will work,

  59. Daya says:

    Usually two colors and liner is it

  60. Katie says:

    As a lazy college student, I go barefaced when I’m chilling in my dorm or spending the day in the library. For class, it’s usually just concealer and mascara, and I’ll bust out the eyeliner for weekend nights 🙂

  61. MMT says:

    If I don’t leave the house, then just my skincare routine (cleanse, moisturize, eye cream, lip balm\). But if I am leaving the house for any reason, I must wear at least the following items: foundation, eyeliner, mascara.

  62. Cas says:

    I don’t leave home without makeup but if I’m at home then it’s makeup free and it’s really a good feeling despite looking like crap 🙂

  63. Selena says:

    I wear my bare minerals at home and when it is really hot out, or when I go to the beach. When it’s decent weather, not to hot, I wear my MAC liquid and prime powder. I enjoy applying it the most, so it is like a hobby. Plus, I don’t like to scare myself when I walk past a mirror in naked face.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Selena,

      I hear ya. If I don’t have a lil’ concealer on it’s quite frightening.

      Are you using the loose Prep+Prime powder that just came out? How do you like it?

  64. Selena says:

    I am using the loose Prep + Prime powder. I love it! It goes over my liquid foundation and locks it for the day. For me, it is amazing. Yesterday was 93deg, and my makeup stayed. The MA I spoke with had much darker skin than I, and she wears it to set her makeup too. It does not finish white, very translucent. This is a must have in my arsenal.

  65. Michele says:

    Regarding my post about not wearing night cream one day a week, I read this article about Catherine Deneuve and she said she does not wear night cream one day a week so that your skin can build it’s own natural collagen.
    I give myself a facial on saturday morning, then rest it wothout make-up. That night no night cream. I also swear by Biore’ black head cleansers. Do not use a store brand. They get gummy. Only use the Biore. They really work!
    Beauty Addict

  66. Bobbie Sue says:

    Hey Karen and fellow beauty addicts,
    How is your Wednesday so far?? Mine is okay, just a bit tired. My fiancés grandmother passed away last Sunday so I am still trying to get back into work mode.
    Now back to makeup and as much as I love make up and I love to play with it, I am not normally wearing makeup on the weekends!!! I have to wear a full face Monday –Friday for work and I like to give my face a break on the time I do not have to go to work, . Unless I am going out somewhere nice, or having some fun with my makeup I don’t have it on my face, on my days off. I go out running errands and go all over the place without it on. I probably shouldn’t with my skin, but oh well. When I was in high school I wouldn’t even walk out of my room without makeup, LOL. Growing up causes you to not care as much. LOL.

    Wow, sorry I feel a bit scatter brained this week. I guess because this will be my first full week of work since 3 weeks ago. That can’t be good. I hope you have a fab week!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbie Sue,

      My Wednesday is going great — thanks for asking. I actually got decent sleep last night, and I feel surprisingly cognizant. 🙂

      Why were you off of work? Were you on vacation?

  67. Michele says:

    I was trying to copy & paste the new Mary Kay Mineral Eye palette. It is called coastal colors. There are three colors that are beautiful!But it wouldnot work. I’ll keep trying,

  68. Bobbie Sue says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thats awesome, I wish I did. LOL.

    Well first it was Good Friday and we get that day off of work. The next week we got out early on Friday for some reason and last week my Fiance’s grandmother passed away so we went to Dallas for her funeral, so I was out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on that Friday we got out at 12:00 due to “Fiesta” which is a San Antonio wide festival. Now I just have to get back into to routine!! 🙂
    It has just been an interesting month. I’m extremly happy to hear that your MIL is doing well and was given a clean bill of health, that is the most important thing, our health. Congratz on the great news!!

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