Now I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m confident without makeup (or with makeup), but I’m working on it. I don’t wear makeup often. Occasionally, I decide that I want to put on lipstick or fill in my brows, but it is very occasional. And yet, 4 years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead without makeup. In fact, I even was late for school a few times because I either convinced my parents to turn around or I turned around myself to go back home to put on makeup (sorry mom).
Why I Don’t Wear Makeup
There are many reasons I don’t wear makeup. The main reason is that I’m just lazy. Well, I guess it’s not necessarily being lazy, more selective energy usage. Another reason is that it’s not on my countertop in the bathroom anymore. Although I can’t really say this attributed, as my makeup was on my counter at home and I didn’t use it. I also have really sensitive skin. I have eczema and rosacea, which makes my skin especially sensitive to products. I have to be very careful to use products that have simple ingredients, and I find that using fewer things on my face makes it easier to rule out skin products as a cause of a breakout.
I also don’t really see a point anymore. As shallow as this sounds, I no longer feel the need to make myself up for impressing anyone. Also, makeup is really expensive! Even though I could buy a 50 dollar foundation if I wanted to (and have in the past), there are so many things that I would rather spend that 50 dollars on. There is a 20 dollar Stila eyeliner that I’ve been wanting for a while. I finally took it off of my wishlist because it’s 20 dollars, I have other eyeliners, and I don’t wear eyeliner!
What Makeup I Occasionally Wear
When I want to wear makeup, there are a few products that I will reach for. I love lip color. To me, it says ‘I tried’ without all the effort of putting on a full face. One trick I just discovered a few years was to use white eyeliner on your waterline (the under eyelash line). It’s fairly tricky to put on well, but it makes you look more awake. If I know that I’m going to get a photo taken of me I will use this, as it’s subtle, but it makes a difference. A while ago I bought an eyebrow pencil and I also have eyebrow gel that I can swipe across my brows and it fills them in for a few days. Groomed brows are another thing that takes a few seconds and makes you look more put together and like you tried.
What I Did To Become Less Self-Conscious About Not Wearing Makeup
I unfollowed models and makeup ‘guru’s’ on social media and YouTube. There is nothing wrong with being a makeup guru, however, seeing something every day makes wanting to be different harder for me.
Trial and error was another big step. Learning that I could go out in the world and nobody would stare at me for not wearing makeup!
I also work on a farm, and makeup honestly just goes to waste when you come home covered in dust and hay. And the animals don’t care! In fact, I always feel a bit odd when animals touch my face when I’m wearing makeup; it’s not supposed to be ingested, and you can’t really tell that to animals.
I stopped reading magazines! I am going to make a leap here and say that all of the images in magazines are photoshopped. A documentary I have seen a few times now, called Killing Us Softly 4, details the media and its’ influence on body image with photoshop as well as the ‘top’ 1% of ‘beautiful people’. There is also fantastic lighting used in all the images, drastically different from bathroom lighting. Comparing myself to a magazine was unhelpful and devistating to my self worth.
Not wearing makeup has become a part of my life. I don’t think about it that much anymore. I am at a point in my life where I can put on makeup when I want to, but not for some external reason, and just to make myself happier.
Do you wear makeup? If so, let me know why in the comments down below. Is it for yourself? Does wearing makeup make you happy?