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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!