Not wearing makeup – shouldn’t be a big deal, right? I used to wear makeup every single day to the point I had no confidence without it. Now? I wear it when I want to, not when I’m expected to.
I started wearing makeup when I was around 11/12, but I only ever bothered with concealer on the odd spot. By 13, I had started to dabble in the use of eyeshadow and, if I remember correctly, I had worked out what the hell powder was, along with mascara. Obviously my knowledge of makeup progressed rapidly and now, as I sit here writing this, my makeup collection is huge. I can blend eyeshadow like a boss, my highlight is usually popping, and I play around with glitter and cool things like that (How basic). I still haven’t mastered eyeliner though lolol
Once I started wearing makeup, I never really stopped. I used to even wear it to school every day, and so did everyone else. I think, however, I got to the point that I was like ‘am I doing this for myself or because it’s what everyone else does and is expected to do’? I realised I wasn’t wearing makeup for fun, but to fit in to the expectations of people my age. My oblivious self later realised that as I was having this internal turmoil, so was everyone else I knew who wore makeup.
I just want to point out IT’S YOUR CHOICE! To all you guys, gals, and non-binary pals, YOU choose if you wear makeup or not!
I don’t wear any makeup to school (except mascara, but that simply because it’s a habit) (also I’m way more focused on my studies than looks) (woah look how deep that is) (I mean, I’d rather have time to eat breakfast in the morning and actually wake up properly than to apply a full face) (I still love makeup though) (Wow okay I’m talking to much now) (sorry) and I’ll happily go out without it. It’s no longer a chore, but something fun!
Yesterday, I was feeling inspired and so decided to do my makeup, along with some holographic glitter highlight, and it was an extremely enjoyable way to procrastinate revision.
You know what else I’ve noticed through not wearing makeup as much? My skin has improved so vastly that even when I do wear it, I need way less coverage (lol sorry for that random observation). Then again, I went through a stage where I wore heavy makeup every day, and my skin still cleared up, so there’s not necessarily a correlation.
I don’t believe that confidence was ever the issue to begin with, but societies expectation of teenagers. Then confidence came into it, as those who didn’t wear makeup felt judged. Sure, some girls I know wear makeup every single day, but that’s not a problem. If you do that, you go girl or guy!(no gender prejudice here, makeup has no gender so why should we assume?) (okay that’s a topic for another post) Some people never, ever wear it, and that’s not an issue either! Then there’s people like me, who see makeup as an art, and as something enjoyable! It’s our choice, after all, and what we do with ourselves is completely up to us.
Make sure to comment below your experiences with makeup, whether you wear it or not!