I woke up one morning and decided I’d had enough of wearing loads of make-up every single day.
I’m still in love with make-up, and the joy of getting ready for a night out. I love the look of a fresh new palette and the smell of the cosmetics shops. I like acrylic dividers and lined up lipsticks. I love the feeling of a clean soft brush on my face. Glitter.
But I fell out of love with the time needed to apply make-up every morning and the feeling of it sitting on my skin day in and day out.
Do you ever go barefaced?
I would occasionally go barefaced at a weekend, but only if it was a lazy day and we weren’t leaving the house or having visitors.
Initially I reduced the amount of make-up I owned, mainly clearing away out of date stuff and things that had sat at the bottom of a handbag untouched for years. Then I began to dabble with not wearing make-up as much. I would remove my ‘face’ as soon as I came home from work, because the feeling of clear skin is liberating! Then I started cutting down the amount of make-up I was wearing daily. I’ve also stopped dying my hair for now, and I have to say I’m really embracing a more natural look at the moment.
I must admit that I am not brave enough yet, to go the whole hog and give up make up completely, nor do I think I want to. I have liked minimising this part of my life. I enjoy being pampered and the feeling of ‘looking after myself’ so I decided to replace my daily make-up routine with a few beauty treatments instead.
My personal tips for reducing everyday make-up without feeling totally washed-out or scruffy!
- Eyebrow Tint – I’ve dropped the pencil and replaced with a tint, it’gives a more natural look and is much more low maintenance
- Lash Lift & Tint – The look of mascara, without it. Great for sensitive eyes like mine
- Manicure – okay, so this isn’t really anything to do with make-up, but it makes me feel well kept and smart
- Olaplex Mini Treatment – along with keeping up to my hair cut (it’s quite short at the moment), I like to have a regular treatment to keep it in a good condition
Since I’ve become more aware of how I’m spending my time and trying to focus on intentional living, I now have at least 15 minutes more each morning to myself. That might not seem like much, but I can tell you I feel calmer and less rushed and it’s great!
My every day make-up now consists of some concealer, setting powder and a little blush or bronzer…. that’s it. It takes me a maximum of two minutes to apply. Not one person has even noticed, or if they have, I certainly haven’t received any comments. I guess the best part about this is, I wouldn’t mind anyway. This has been for me, and no one else.
Now when I get dressed up for any reason, I will feel even more glamorous than ever before as it will be a bigger change and will feel extra special.
It was easier than I thought in the end, and it really has felt liberating to feel comfortable enough in my own skin to no longer need full coverage make up. Now I have the choice, wear it, or don’t wear it… rather than feeling like I have to (in my own mind).
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