Hello again bargain hunters! My time is finally freeing up a bit so hopefully several posts a week will become a regular thing from me again, yay!
Now this post is a bit of a different one… As you can probably tell from my other posts I spend a lot of my free time reading articles and blogs about fashion and make up (as well as lots of other stuff). Recently I read an article on Elite Daily (a pretty good website for light-hearted articles) however one particular post that I read really stuck with me. It’s a well written article by a female author basically encouraging you to wear less make up and whilst that might not sound like something to get emotional about, some of her reasons for not wearing make up offended me a little bit. So naturally, I decided to do a blog post in reply to this article about why you should do what makes you happy, even if that is wearing lots of make up!
For many years like lots of other girls I know, I’ve struggled with insecurities about my appearance often wondering if my skin was too spotty or whether my hair was right, whether I looked too short or too fat for my outfit and yet recently what I am coming to learn is that it simply doesn’t matter! I can get in my own head about how I look, but ultimately someone, somewhere will think you look nice and as long as you can be yourself and let your personality shine, that’s all that matters as image isn’t everything. It’s wrong for us as women to put each other down because another girl doesn’t have the right outfit or hairstyle, as everyone is different and ultimately, that’s what makes us all beautiful and interesting! So let’s not dictate to others what they should or shouldn’t look like and instead all do whatever makes us happy and here are my reasons why…
(I would suggest reading the article first so this comparison makes sense – you can read it here!)
Why do I wear makeup?
I wear makeup because I like it! I like the way I look with makeup, I like experimenting with different looks and colours and because I’m rubbish at most arty and crafty things and yet make up and hair is something I’m good at. It helps me express who I am and what mood I am in and a positive side effect of make up is that it makes me look better than I do barefaced 🙂
I wear quite a lot of make up most days, but it helps me feel put together, confident and ready for the day ahead and despite the fact I wear make up it’s not my defining or most memorable feature. I’ve never known anyone refer to me as “the girl that wears lots of make up” so whilst people may or may not appreciate the effort I go to on a daily basis, I know that people are still looking at me as a whole person instead on focussing on what I have on my face.
- If we are trying to combat the body ideal, we should also try to combat the makeup ideal.
What is the make up ideal? I can understand the body ideal trying to combat the photo shopped images that we see everywhere, but what is the make up ideal, do we even have one?
One look on social media or through magazines and you see a whole variety of different looks and styles of make up and some images where no make up has been used at all so what does that say to you? To me it says wear whatever you want!
- You’ll spend less money.
I kind of agree with this. Wearing make up is an expense, not just a financial one but also one of time. However, who says the amount you have to spend is exorbitant? One look on a blog like mine will show you how to do your face for £5 or get a whole outfit for less than £30! Also, the time and money that I spend on make up to me has more pro’s than con’s. Looking put together put’s me in a good mental space and prepares me for the day. If I went to work without make up on I’d be worried people would be judging me and be far less productive which would probably cost me steps in my career which ultimately affects my ability to earn a good wage. If you want to wear make up think of it as an investment and an enhancement, not the be all and end all!
- Applying makeup takes up way too much time in the morning.
No, just no! It doesn’t have to. It takes me about 30 minutes to get ready for work. I shower or bath the night before, leave my hair to dry naturally and then spend my mornings prepping my face and picking an outfit. It helps me wake up, allows me to spend a bit more time with my boyfriend and puts me in good stead for the rest of the day. I have the news on in the background whilst I’m getting ready so I can catch up on current affairs, have chats with Andy about the day which if I wasn’t getting ready I’d spend in bed and this makes me happy and ready for the day ahead. I feel connected to the world, connected to the one I love and ready to hit the ground running. I still have a healthy breakfast, I still have the time to do some exercise and come to think of it if I didn’t wear make up I’d probably be in a much worse place than I am now. That’s not to say you have to wear make up, but don’t make it a time drain, multi-task and do something useful as well like catching up on podcasts or news or having a chat whilst you’re getting ready and if you choose not to to wear make up, then enjoy the extra sleep and make the most of your “free” time 🙂
- You’ll feel lighter.
Wearing make up on a hot day isn’t the most fun and this is where choice comes in! If you want to wear make up on a hot day, go ahead, just prep your face properly with a good primer and fixing spray and it will stay in place just fine. If you don’t want to wear make up go ahead, but you’ll still need to wear a good SPF which can often leave you feeling the same way as foundation.
All I have to say is that if you feel heavy with make up on you are probably wearing too much, so think about changing your setting powder to something lighter like L’oreal Magique or opting for a BB cream instead of a foundation!
- The guy you like/are hooking up with will see your natural face sooner than you think.
Who cares! I don’t wear make up or nice clothes for men, I do it for myself. If my boyfriend likes how I look then that’s a bonus, but as long as I feel happy then that’s all that matters.
- Honestly, the guy you like/are hooking up probably doesn’t know the difference anyway.
Not true! My guy friends and boyfriend can definitely tell when I have less/no make up on! They ask if I’m feeling alright or if I overslept.
I’m sure they would rather I wear make up than feel uncomfortable when I am with them because I don’t have any make up on and vice versa if make up isn’t really your thing. Just feel happy and comfortable and then they won’t notice a difference at all 🙂
- It’s better for your skin.
You should definitely check out what’s in the products you’re using! I try not to use anything with too many chemicals and where possible I purchase products which are moisturising and gentle instead of harsh and stripping. Despite all of this and whether you wear make up or not a good night time routine is essential! Shops like Lush now stock completely natural make up if this is more your thing or there are loads of great tutorials on Youtube on how to make you own completely natural beauty products, so if that’s your concern give it a go. But just remember to cleanse and moisturise your face every day and night to help replenish the natural goodness which can go missing during the day whether you’ve dolled yourself up or gone au natural! I like to use Simple’s Cleanser and Toner before applying Olay Regenerist around my eyes, Olay Moisturiser on my face and then applying Sudocrem to any blemishes or pimples (sounds odd but it really works for me)
- Taking your makeup off is the biggest b*tch.
I’ll admit that removing your make up can be a chore when you’ve had a bit too much to drink. On the whole though I enjoy taking my make up off and getting into my onesie! It makes it feel like it’s time to relax and draws the day to an end. For me it signifies relaxation and the start of downtime. Like I said, I would recommend having a good evening facial routine anyway, so what is one more step in that process if you want to wear make up?
- It’s so easy to do.
This is true and the points the writer makes about gradually reducing the amount of make up you wear are useful, so if you do feel like you wear too much make up or would just like to wear less follow this advice 🙂
- Nobody looks at you as much as you look at yourself.
This is true too. We are our own worst critics and see things that others don’t, we can all be self-deprecating and compare ourselves to others, I think it’s part of human nature! But if it makes you feel good to wear make up then do it! If it makes you feel free not to wear make up then do that too.
My whole annoyance about this article was it’s contradiction of itself. The author starts by saying she loves wearing make up, goes on to say by not wearing make up people see the real you and then finishes by saying that other people don’t see you regardless of what you do, which counteracts her earlier points, however the real crux of my frustration is more about who cares! Do whatever makes you happy! Spend less time being anxious or self conscious and enjoy all the good, happy times that come along as much as you can because life is precious and short – and if that means going out dolled up like Barbie everyday, DO IT!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post (this was my all time favourite to write) and if you did please show your appreciation by sharing, liking and subscribing! I’d also love to hear your comments on this post and see how you feel and what your preference is and also to hear what your morning and evening make up and skin care routines are 🙂
Lots of love, Leanne xx