I was scrolling through my WordPress “timeline” (I don’t know what it’s actually called), and post after post was relating to make-up: swatches, new products, make-up looks etc. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining because I enjoy reading these sorts of posts. But it got me thinking a bit more about make-up and the reasons that I personally decide not wear it.
I think for the most part it is laziness. I would much prefer that extra time in bed, than getting up and spending the time thinking about what make-up look to wear and spending the time applying it to a decent standard. Despite that I don’t think I ever made a conscious decision ‘in the beginning’ that I wasn’t going to wear make-up, I just didn’t and over time I wasn’t doing what all my friends were and to be honest I wasn’t really that bothered.
There is also the secondary reason for my no make-up choice, in that: I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. How am I supposed to know what colours I need, what ‘look’ goes with the outfit I have chosen, how do people make their make-up look so amazing? No matter how many tutorials I watch on YouTube, blog posts I read about the best products out there (is there ever on right answer for that?), I know that I’d never know enough to be happy with what I did, or tried to do, so I just don’t.
Plus on top of that, how do people afford a make-up obsession. Make-up, decent make-up, is certainly not cheap, and I can’t imagine how much stuff I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to do, because I couldn’t afford it, if I had to think about buying new make-up products every couple of weeks/months (or however often you need to restock).
And this is not to say that I have never worn make-up. I have. For events like prom and family weddings, as well as ‘stage’ make-up for shows but it is not something that I do on a regular basis. I mean there are always days where I’ve got some big, red spots coming through and I wish I could just reach for a make-up bag to cover them up, but who doesn’t have those days? – but I just have had to learn to deal with the fact that everyone can see that spot but it will be gone before I know it, and I’ll probably thank myself one day for not caking make-up over those impurities.
There’s a certain feeling that comes with not being a make-up wearer though. When I tell people that I don’t where make-up, I more often than not get a look of surprise and a “really?”. And I’m often met with different emotions by this reaction. The first is that maybe I should be wearing it: is my skin so bad that it needs covering up? Should I “conform” to what is expected of me? Can people not tell I don’t have make-up on? But the other part of my is pleased by the reaction: why should I do what people think I should?
I often have those days where I wish that I had given it a go, but for the most part I’m glad I didn’t. Who knows maybe one day I’ll change my mind and I’ll become a make-up person, but until then – these are some of the reason that I don’t wear make-up.
I realise that this post may have become a bit of a ramble, so I apologise for that, and I hope that it still makes sense. I’d love to hear what you think, and if you do wear make-up what your opinions are!