I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t wear makeup everyday. In fact I can count the number of times I have worn makeup this year on one hand.
This wasn’t always the case. When I was a teenager I had an obsession with wearing makeup. This was partially due to the rule my parents had set for me: No makeup until I was 15. Now for a teenage girl, this felt like a lifetime away. When the day finally arrived that I was permitted to wear makeup, I didn’t go a day without. I had too much lost time to “make up” for.
Fast forward through ten years of experimenting with makeup. I finally found what worked for me, and I preferred a natural look. My makeup ritual involved less and less. I eventually stopped wearing makeup everyday, and would only put it on when I went to work.
Now fast forward again to the present, and it’s a rare occasion to see me with any makeup on. I am perfectly content without. Honestly, when I do put on makeup, I don’t feel like me and would rather go without.
3 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear Makeup:
I would spend a minimum of 15-2o minutes every work day to put on my makeup. Then there was another 10 minutes at night washing it all off. Now adding all of that time up, that is a total of 30 minutes out of the 24 hour day. As a mom, those 30 minutes are precious. I have used that time for “me,” extra snuggles with the little one, or even more sleep time.
Comfortable in My Own Skin
I used to mask everything with my makeup. Any little blemish or imperfection I would see on me would be concealed. I wanted to come across as perfect as much as possible. In a way it was a security blanket for my insecurities. My big insecurity was the scar of the left side of my cheek. Now I see those imperfections as part of me and do not have any desire to mask them.
I have extremely sensitive skin. My skin easily dries out when seasons are changing and I am prone to getting acne. Even with oil-free makeup and religiously washing my face, nothing was helping my skin. Eventually I just got tired of trying to get that blemish-free look, because it was only getting worse. Now after almost five years of wearing little to no makeup, my skin is clearer than it has ever been.
While I do understand this look isn’t for everyone, remember you are beautiful the way you are. As Taylor Swift has said, “Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.”
Have you ever tried going bare?