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Wearing Less Makeup Makes Me Feel More Beautiful

by on November 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

woman wearing makeup I have never been the type to spend hours in the bathroom sorting through makeup; putting it on, taking it off, experimenting with new shades. I didn't ever take an active interest in it. As a nurse, my mom rarely wears makeup and none of my grandmothers or aunts are big into vanity. To this day I'm still not totally head over heels for the stuff. I think it looks fake and cake-like.

I didn't even start wearing makeup until my freshman year of college, and even then, I only wanted to wear a little -- nothing anyone could notice. So I guess you could say I subscribe to the whole less is more theory when it comes to foundation, blush, bronzer, and tinted eye shadow. But the truth, my friends, is bigger than that. I think wearing less makeup makes me feel like more of a woman. Boom. Said it.

I feel more natural (duh) and more like myself without layers and layers of gloss and glam atop my face. Wearing makeup feels like a treat; something I can do to myself and for myself to jazz up my look. Most importantly, it's not a necessity. If I leave home forgetting to brush some blush on my cheeks, whoops. Don't care. The way I am naturally will do just fine, thanks.

It was never -- and will never -- be imprinted on my brain that wearing makeup is essential to how I view myself or how others view me. I wasn't raised to think that a woman who steps foot outside her door without lipstick and eye liner is to be shunned from and stoned by society. In my house, it didn't go down like that.

Here's another reason I feel most feminine when I'm not worrying about my mascara running: I don't have any obligations to keep up with. Take, for instance, the Kardashian sisters. Seeing them sans makeup is so rare it's shocking. Obvious lack of celebrity street cred aside, me without makeup is not as shock and awe inducing. Why? Because I don't need to wear it in order to feel like myself. I don't need to put it on before stepping outside so that people will recognize me, or so I'll be noticed. What you see is what you get, folks. And when I see photos of myself without makeup, I don’t look at it and think, OMG, WHO IS THAT BEAST? No, instead I feel in charge of my body.

Now let's talk about the confidence issue. Some will say wearing more makeup gives them the surge they need to get out and grab the world by the balls. If that's the case, then I'm kickin' ass and taking names in less makeup. And I'm damn proud of it, too.

Do you think less is more when it comes to makeup?


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Filed Under: beauty, confessional, makeup


  • B1Bomber


    November 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I wear makeup for formal events or when I look really tired but need to look nice (church, meetings, etc)...happens once or twice a month. Seeing me WITH makeup on happens less often than seeing some women without it.

  • xiolxuo


    November 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM
    Wearing no makeup makes me feel like more of a woman. Can't stand the stuff.
  • Miche...


    November 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I have full and groomed brows so I don't look washed out without makeup, and I know I don't need it. That being said, I much prefer myself with makeup :) 

  • tuffy...


    November 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM
    Hmm. It seems like you harshly judge people who do choose to wear makeup. Your family members don't wear makeup because they aren't "big into vanity."
    "I wasn't raised to think that a woman who steps foot outside her door without lipstick and eye liner is to be shunned from and stoned by society. In my house, it didn't go down like that." Hehh.
    Some of us wear makeup because we enjoy it. I've sat through countless hours of instruction and I'm really good at this. I like enhancing what God gave me and putting a little filter on my less appealing attributes. I'm from the south; we like our makeup and we don't leave the house with uncombed hair. I can make dinner, fix my toilet, clean my house, change my oil, and run after my family in makeup, so it isn't slowing me down at all. DH doesn't care if i put makeup on or not, as long as he gets to see me naked. My kids know what I look like without my face on, but the folks at the grocery store sure don't, and that's the way I like it.
  • ashes...


    November 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM
    Tuffymama <3 it! I'm a makeup fanatic. But hrs on getting ready? My daily normal makeup 15-20 minutes tops. If I'm going somewhere yes takes a little longer. I also believe once you get in a routine it doesn't take as long :) but tuffy said it best!
  • Flori...


    November 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM
    Lol. I could tell tuffymama was a proper southern lady before age told us. No proper southern lady EVER leaves the house without her face on.
  • Flori...


    November 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM
    She, not age. Sheesh, stupid autocorrect.
  • worms...


    November 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    In all fairness tuffy, recently this site had a few articles that pretty much bashed and called women lazy for not wearing makeup and doing their hair. I don't agree with bashing anyone, but it was nice to see that someone wrote about the opposite. I say to each her own.

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    Stefanie Marie

    November 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM
    This was such a good read -- LOVE this article!!
  • Felly...


    November 29, 2012 at 2:51 AM
    I love putting on make up. Sometimes I do it even if I'm not leaving the house. Don't get me wrong, I'm damn sexy without it, but I like to putting in on.
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