I have never admired women who brag about their lack of makeup. I spent years as an artist; applying cosmetics is a crafted skill that’s creative, fun and reflects glamour. But what if you’re wasting hours in desperation; attempting to grant prayers of being beautiful? A makeunder could be the real answer.
It’s not just about makeup. If you imagine all those makeover shows like Plain Jane, it incorporates your entire beauty regime. Some makeover shows result in plastic surgery and acquire the use of botox. Perhaps it’s my new love of French stereotypes (preferring natural); I’m enjoying the freedom of a makeunder. Here’s why:
I’ve faced up to my skin
When you’re not using beauty as an expressive outlet, you might be attempting to match up to society’s standards or hoping to diminish your insecurities. And there’s no shame in that.
Let’s be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only – Samuel Butler
Cutting back on all the coverage and products that I depended on however, has forced me to acknowledge what I was hiding. And it’s made me appreciate my skin; rather than spend hours a week in scrutiny, I’m opting to invest better in skincare and learn more about protection.
My mother has never dared to leave her house without anything less than a flawless face – not to mention straightened hair and ‘lounge clothes’ as unthinkable. This includes sitting in a car and picking me up or heading to the local shops.
She too is a perfectionist. And I grew up admiring her dressing table and believing that I must also look my ‘best’ each day.
Which makes it all the more unthinkable that I sometimes leave my house bare-faced. Unimaginable as a teenager, now it feels very empowering.
I think that being happy makes the biggest impact on your physical appearance – Drew Barrymore
More time and fewer worries
I’m known in my family as having bad time-management. It was not uncommon to spend two hours getting ready and one hour just for makeup.
With a makeunder, I can do my makeup in 10 mins max. I’m spending less time in a mirror which means it’s harder to stare at myself and pick up on flaws.
I can wake up later, or use my mornings for smoothie-making and yoga. Plus, my products are lasting longer. I’m wondering about swapping my foundation for some B.B cream.
It has made me feel beautiful
Let’s be clear – I love getting my hair done, wearing makeup, putting on nails, eyelashes and all the rest.
I do think there’s a difference though, between using makeup as a way to get glammed-up and feel good, and then feeling forced to have it, otherwise you will be ugly and afraid of cameras.
Because that’s how I went on living. Everything was a must – I’m hideous without this and that and this…
So, to go through a makeunder and wake up telling myself – it’s okay to not have your eyebrows done today, or your hair will be fine without 30 minutes of styling – it does make me feel comfortable in my reflection.
I still wear red lipstick and I will always believe in makeup and buying beauty products. I’m just no longer a ‘slave’ to it all. There’s a sense of choice and happiness regardless; that’s been found through my makeunder.
Besides, in a world of social-media dictating trends on contouring and more-is-more, it’s a nice change to go against the grain every once in a while.
Have you had a makeunder before or would you consider it?
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