Why I Stopped Caring So Much About Makeup

As a woman, I feel like the decision to wear makeup is a no-brainer. I’m a woman, so I have to put my face on before I leave the house. Right? It’s the natural order of things. Since we were teenagers, this has been the way! As soon as you turned 13, your parents allowed you to start wearing mascara and lip gloss. That turned into eyeshadow and eyeliner, then drawing on your eyebrows, and trying out new highlighters and blushes!

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I’ve always been a girly-girl. I like wearing dresses, I like wearing cute shoes, I like wearing makeup, I even had a fashion blog a while back! But about a year ago I decided I was over it. I was done putting all this effort into my appearance! “Lazy” you may call it. “Unpolished”, “unmotivated”, “unconcerned of others’ opinions”. Let me correct you. I am very motivated. I am very polished (okay maybe not that polished). I am very concerned with others’ opinions (even when I try to convince myself not to be…)! I just don’t feel the need to dress up my face every day to meet someone ELSE’S standards. Let me be clear: when I feel like wearing makeup, I wear makeup. I want to wear makeup for the right reasons. Lately, I have preferred to use makeup to highlight my features, rather than cover my flaws.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I think this truly started with me waking up one day and saying “I really don’t feel like putting makeup on right now. I’m going to go to work with no makeup.” So yes, maybe this was sprouted out of a small amount of laziness. When I stopped wearing makeup, a number of things happened, that caught me completely off guard and ended up causing this “three-day laziness” to turn into a decision with intention!

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After a few weeks, I stopped being so self-conscious.

I feel like I spend (read: spent) so much of my time being self-conscious when I’m wearing makeup. Is my eyeliner running? Is my eyeshadow even still on, or did I rub it off? Is my lipstick smudged? So many times I’ve gone to the bathroom and noticed my lipstick is all over my face and nobody bothered to tell me! Yes, the first few weeks of wearing no makeup were weird. It felt like everyone was looking at me, and I felt so…naked. Vulnerable. People could see my real skin! My real, red, puffy, acne scarred skin. I truly hated it. The first time someone actually pointed out that I wasn’t wearing makeup, I almost lost it. “Is it really THAT noticeable that I’m not wearing makeup?!” Overall, the crummy feelings passed. People stopped noticing, and not many people commented after that.

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I actually take care of my skin now.

When I wore makeup on a regular basis, I found myself sleeping in my makeup, reapplying new makeup over old makeup, and generally, that’s kind of gross. I felt like the makeup was never truly off of my face, and everything was just buildup. I mean sometimes I would try as hard as I could and never get the mascara off my eyelashes. I know what you’re thinking. Invest in a better makeup remover! That’s not the point. The point is that there’s a lot of “stuff” in makeup, and I could feel it affecting my face. My eyes would get itchy from the eye makeup, and my face would get dry and patchy from the foundation. I know what you’re thinking. Invest in better makeup! That’s not the point either, guys! I don’t have all this stuff on my face anymore, so now I’m not constantly trying to remedy the itchiness and dryness!

Now that I wear less makeup, I spend more time actually putting things on it that are good for it. I spent so much time dealing with random breakouts when I wore makeup that it felt like wearing makeup was actually harming my face. I spend less time on my face now than ever, because I’m not putting anything on my face that isn’t good for it.  I wash my face, I put some moisturizer on it, and once or twice a week I put a mask on my face. I don’t spend 15 minutes trying to remove my makeup, picking clumps off my eyelashes, or switching my foundation AGAIN because it makes my face break out.

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I am even more low maintenance than usual!

I like to consider myself pretty low maintenance. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It probably depends on who you ask, and what their beauty routine looks like…but mine was cut in half, possibly even fourths. I mean, even when I do put makeup on, I tend to go for a more natural look. Light foundation, maybe some blush, mascara, and possibly lipstick or eyeshadow, but usually nudes for both. I like it to look like I’m not wearing much makeup. Ironic, right? 

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I feel more confident.

I know this sounds crazy. It took a long time to get here, but I really do feel more confident. I don’t get scared of someone taking a picture and worrying about how my face looks. Honestly, I don’t even think about being makeup free anymore! I always keep a little bit with me, just in case, but I don’t even know why I do anymore! I don’t feel like I need a bold red lip or thick eyeliner to be prettier. I am me, and I am comfortable in my own skin.

 

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Have you ever gone totally makeup-free? Are you a strong advocate for makeup? What do you like/dislike about it? Tell me in the comments!

 

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21 responses to “Why I Stopped Caring So Much About Makeup

  1. I feel like you read my mind today! I’ve been wearing less and less makeup and just starting to gain more confidence. I used to never leave the house without it or even put it on if i was just hanging out…. but for what? It’s not that great for my skin and wasn’t trying to impress anyone. I do feel like I have a new sense of confidence in myself after toning down or not wearing make up at all!

    • I’m glad it hit home with you! I have definitely felt more confident since I stopped. Not every day, but it’s a work in progress. 🙂

  2. I’m a makeup girl through and through. I was a manager of a makeup store for a few years, so makeup has been a part of me. After I left my job there, I found myself wearing less and less makeup though. It used to take me like 45 minutes to get ready for work and now I’m down to about 15 min! I’m making progress in the right direction! Now that it’s summertime, I find myself just doing a little tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, and a quick lip!

  3. This was really cool to read. I love makeup and enjoy putting it on, but I’ve found that I regularly go out with less and less on. I’ll usually put on a tiny bit of foundation and mascara at least, but sometimes not even that. I like doing that at least because I feel like I’ve “prepared” for the day, so to speak. But I just don’t feel the need to wear as much on a daily basis as I used to.

    Now, when I have the time and the inspiration to put on makeup I still really enjoy it. And there are certain things (like writer events at night) that I feel like it’s fun to put a bold lipstick on for. But I don’t NEED to when I do that, I WANT to. And that’s how makeup should be.

    • I’m glad you liked it! Foundation and Mascara are my go-to’s when I do wear makeup. You’re right, I like WANTING to wear makeup, and not NEEDING to!!

  4. I never wear makeup because I feel like I have to for others – in fact, I go make-up free quite a lot. But, I love putting makeup on (when I feel like it) and I love trying new products out. For me, putting my makeup on is time I get to love on myself. I love being creative and trying new looks. However, I feel just as confident with or without makeup!

  5. As an “older” woman that is not in the workforce anymore, most days I do not wear makeup. However if I’m going to the store or church, I wear foundation, blush, mascara and lip gloss. However, I do it for myself vs what others think. I feel better when I have a little bit on.
    I’m impressed that you have this perspective at your age.

  6. This is such a great post! I stopped wearing so much makeup a while back and it did wonders for my skin. Sometimes I still get dolled up, but sometimes I wear no makeup at all and I don’t mind. I think it’s great that you feel more confident without makeup. I wish everyone did! <3

    • Yes! My skin feels so much better. I break out at least 75% less. It’s so smooth.

    • It takes a while to get used to it, but it feels so good! I love being able to rub my eye without getting eyeliner all over it 🙂

    • It’s so good for your skin! I finally found one I LOVE, I don’t go anywhere without it.

  7. What a great post! This is all so true and its tough to do but it must be done.

    Monic
    simplysutter.com

  8. I love this so much! I try to go makeup free at least once or twice a week, and when I do wear makeup, it’s super minimal. It definitely has helped my confidence and I like that I don’t spend so much time on it all the time.

  9. Great message! There are some days where I leave the house without any makeup and I feel great at the end of the day because my skin can breathe!

  10. This is awesome! As I’ve gotten older, I think I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin. I actually rarely wear make-up anymore. I’m trying to take better care of my skin too. Plus, the natural look is much easier.

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