I Am Not a Makeup Person:
I am not a makeup person. I’ve not always been this way, though. I used to love makeup and wore it every single day. But I’ve found that the more I wear makeup, the more I see my face without it and think, “You look unattractive.” How sad is that? On the other hand, the less I wear makeup, the more stunning I feel without it.
Does anybody else see makeup how-to videos show up on your Facebook feed of girls, or even boys nowadays, changing from one person to a completely new one? Under the layers of thick coverage is an actual, regular face.
I know that for some people, makeup is an art to them. It’s something they are passionate about or they simply enjoy wearing makeup. I get that, but that is not the case for me. I don’t love makeup. I don’t usually enjoy wearing it. Mascara is nice sometimes, but I usually like being able to rub my eyes if they itch. I want to hug my husband without the fear of my makeup rubbing off onto this white t-shirt.
After I tossed the majority of my makeup in the garbage a couple of weeks ago, I was amazed by the amount of extra space I had in my bathroom drawer. I was also embarrassed at the amount of makeup I have purchased that I never actually wear. Part of me did not want to be throwing away perfectly good makeup, but I resisted the urge to stuff it all back into the drawer. When everything was in the trash, it felt good knowing that I got rid of so much that I didn’t need.
I hope if you wear makeup, you wear it knowing that what’s underneath it is much more beautiful. I know that God made you exactly as you are and he does not make mistakes. I promise you are most stunning without makeup on.
After much thought, I have found that the benefits of minimizing my own makeup collection largely outweigh the disadvantages. I put together a little list of why you might consider limiting the products in your makeup bag and what products I still use specifically.
My current makeup routine consists of going makeup free, and throwing on some mascara and lipstick when I feel like it. I only wear coverup and bronzer on special occasions- like the very rare date night my husband that I get to have.
My goal is to use only the products I have now until I have nothing left.
The products I currently own:
Neutrogena’s tinted visibly even BB creme: I am in love with this BB creme. It is a light coverage and moisturizer all in one.
E.L.F bronzer: It was just a few dollars at Old Navy and it gets the job done. I approve.
Loreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes: I love this mascara because it never clumps.
Burt’s Bees lip shimmer (various colors): This is my favorite lip makeup EVER. Burt’s Bees everything, always.
MAC lipstick & lip pencil (various colors): One of my favorite things about MAC lipstick is that I rarely have to re-apply it. The lip colors stay on great.
I recently purchased an adorable makeup bag by Dabney Lee. It’s small but has more than enough space for what I carry.
Here’s Why You Should Ditch The Makeup:
The less you put on your face, the cleaner it will be, and the less gunk will get into your pores. It’s as simple as that. I have used a lot of great, high-quality products on my face but regardless of quality, my skin is always softer and clearer when I don’t put anything on it. Ironically, a lot of us put on makeup to cover blemishes and discoloration, but often times the makeup that you are wearing is what is causing it in the first place.
There is no doubt that the food we put into our bodies has the greatest impact on our skin. As I avoid using coverup, I am more in tune with how my nutritional decisions are impacting my skin. If I don’t drink enough water, my face will become more red and patchy, and when I eat too much sugar one day then the next day I usually have some blemishes.
There is something special about feeling confident in your OWN skin. I don’t think confidence in going without makeup comes right away, but over time it does. As you live without makeup, confidence will come. You’ll realize that people love you the same without it and not wearing it simply just feels better.
More money to spend on other things:
There isn’t a lot I need to say about this. We all know how expensive makeup is. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather spend money on a new shirt then new eyeshadow.