September 22, 2017

5 Reasons Why I Don't Wear Make-Up

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I would like to start off this post by saying that I am not against make-up, nor do I judge anyone who chooses to wear make-up. Make-up is an art and it can be fun.

My main issue with make-up is when people depend on it in order to feel good about themselves. A good example of what I am talking about is episode 9 of Last Man Standing (Attractive Architect). For those who have not seen this episode or do not watch the show. Here is a little recap:

Eve takes all the make-up in the house and hides it to make a point to her make-up obsessed sister, Mandy. Mandy is then forced to go to school with no make-up and she basically tried to hide her face from everyone. She is so dependent on make-up that she feels ugly and can't function without it.

She learned that without make-up, people think she is smart and a lot of "nerds" try to talk to her, which she considered a bad thing. In the end, she comes to this conclusion:
"I learned something really important today. Life is beautiful. But it’s more beautiful when you’re beautiful." Mandy (The Last Man Standing). 
This episode left a bad taste in my mouth for many reasons. One, you shouldn't judge someone based on how they look. Two, women should want to be seen for more than a pretty face. Unlike Mandy, I would rather be seen as smart and successful rather than attractive and dumb. My final reason is my number one reason why I don't wear make-up, which you can read below.

1. Make-Up Does Not Make You Beautiful


We should not need make-up to look and feel beautiful. In fact, I actually find those who do not wear make-up to be more attractive than the ones with painted on masks. The best kind of make-up, in my opinion, is the kind where you can't tell the person is even wearing make-up, but at that point, it's kind of like why bother putting on make-up?

If you are so dependent on make-up in order to feel good, it's an addiction. Make-up may not be as damaging to the body as drugs or alcohol, but it definitely can affect your mental health and affect your self-esteem, especially if you depend on it to cover whatever flaws you feel you may have, which I can assure you, you don't have any. We are all beautiful in our own, unique way.

If you are so focused on one "flaw," then you may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BBD) and should seek help.

If you use make-up to attract the opposite sex, then you have a problem. Honestly, do you want some guy who only wants you because of how you look with a painted on mask?

When I first started getting interested in make-up (yes I have worn it in the past), I was in high school and it was my younger sister who actually was interested in first, which got me interested. My mom did not wear make-up, or if she did I could not tell and I never saw her put it on. I do know she owned some tubes of lipstick, but again, I do not remember ever seeing her use it!

If my mom had been more into make-up, I am sure it would have impacted me sooner, which is why I am more hesitant now to even consider wearing make-up as I do not want my daughter to feel she needs it to be pretty. I want her to love the way she looks, so by seeing how confident I am in my own skin, I am hoping she will learn as I did from my mother, that make-up is not needed to be beautiful.

The last time I actually remember wearing make-up was on my wedding day back in 2012. I do still keep a cosmetic bag lying around. However, all the beauty products in there are probably expired and should be tossed, so even if there was ever an event I felt the need to hide a zit for, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to use it. I am actually considering digging it up and throwing it out as I am typing this post.

2. Time Consuming


As soon as I started putting on make-up, I began to realize it was not worth the time for me. For one I had no idea what I was doing and no one to really teach me, so applying make-up took me a good 30-45 mins in the morning just to make sure it looked okay or at least what I thought was okay, which often ended up with me looking well, just like me. I did play around more with eyeshadow as I loved the colors.

Like I said in the intro, make-up is fun as an art, but I just didn't think the art was worth my time. I am still amazed at what some people can do with it though. A good friend of mine actually has a beauty blog and her make-up is amazing, so I highly recommend checking her out at The Minnesota MUA!

For those interested in what the average time spent on make-up for a woman is, well here is what a survey found:
"Women spend an average of 55 minutes every day working on their appearance... That amounts to 335 hours every year — or an entire two-week vacation — lost to their looks, according to the TODAY/AOL Ideal to Real Body Image Survey released Monday." (Source)
To me that is time wasted. I have better things to do than paint my face every morning, only to wash it off before going to bed and starting again the next day. Personally, I would rather take that two-week vacation than wear make-up.

3. Expensive


Make-up is just not cheap.
"A new survey from SkinStore.com reports that the average woman wears about $8 worth of makeup and skincare products every day. That adds up to almost $250 a month and well over $200,000 in a lifetime." (Source)
I don't know about you, but I can find a ton of other things I would rather spend $250 on or better yet, save that up for a dream vacation!

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4. It's Uncomfortable & Inconvenient


I have attempted to wear mascara and it sucked when I couldn't rub my eyes in fear of smearing it everywhere, or even a tearful yawn could be a disaster. I did eventually get waterproof mascara, but even that would rub off. In the end, I ditched it.

Eyeshadow was also a pain for this reason, but not as bad as Mascara.

I could never do lipstick or lip gloss. I wiped it off immediately. Having something sticky on your lips is just unpleasant. Plus then you have to worry about leaving lipstick stains on your glass or smearing it while eating. I think our wedding day was the only day I managed to wear lipstick, but I had it done at a Salon, so the quality was probably a lot better than what I had on hand.

I have tried face creams to hide blemishes and various other products, but the sticky textures annoyed me and so I never did them again. I couldn't do powders as they rub off if you touch your face.

Make-up was just a hassle I was not going to put up with on a daily basis and so it became more of a special event type of thing, and now I never put it on. Like I said, I think the last time I worke make-up was on my wedding day.

5. Animal Cruelty


Many make-up products are still tested on animals to this day. Sure you can go out of your way to find cruelty-free products, but a lot of the time those can't be trusted either as cruelty-free can just mean the actual product hasn't been tested on animals, but the ingredients in them may have. You can read more about cruelty-free labels on MSPCA's website.

I guess if you aren't concerned about testing on animals, this may not matter to you as much, but it is an added bonus for me for not wearing make-up.

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Some important things to note is that I do wear nail polish and shave my legs. Nail polish is something I throw on maybe twice a year? If you can't tell, I don't like wasting time on things that I don't think are important. 

The last time I remember painting my nails was a week before the baby was born. There is not much you can do when pregnant, so this cured my boredom. I can't say I never have gotten my nails professionally done, but it's only been three times in my life so far. Once with a group of friends for prom, once for my cousin's wedding as I was a bridesmaid, and once for my wedding. I have never gotten my nails done on my own, but if a group of friends ever asks then I would totally go for the social aspect of it.

As for shaving. I have debated stopping altogether, and I admit this is one of my insecurities and I blame society for that. Body hair is totally natural and in Europe women are allowed to have it! I do hate doing it so I do only shave once a week and just wear leggings or jeans on the days the hair starts showing up. I wear shirts with sleeves when the armpit hair starts showing up as well, no tanks on those days!

The only area of my body that I shave and think is worth shaving is the bikini area. I have irregular cycles, so when I get my period, it is heavy, having no hair down there really makes keeping it clean a lot easier. I do not do it for looks because no one should be looking there without my permission! And no man should ever demand that you shave for him nor should you feel obliged to shave for any man! 

I do wish I could be more confident in this area, but I don't think I could handle being that woman pointed out on a beach full of freshly shaved women for her hairy legs and armpits. I admire those women who are confident enough to do so though and applaud them! I hope to be able to one day join them.

Shaving actually costs a lot less than wearing make-up. My husband and I did the math and it came to about $14 a month, so a lot less than make-up. Now if you're doing more than just razors and shaving cream, like going to get waxed or laser hair removal, then that might raise that number quite a bit.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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38 comments:

  1. I'm totally with you on this one! Especially number 2 and 4. I only wear makeup on special occasions, in general I really can't be bothered haha

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  2. I buy cruelty free Always but I have to disagree. I love makeup. And, it does make me feel pretty. In the same way that I feel pretty in a beautiful dress and shimmering jewelry. It's part of the fun of being a girl. You can completely change the way you look with the flick of your wrist and a tube of mascara. That said, I also feel beautiful today with my hair pulled back and not a stitch of makeup (my skin needs a break every now and again just like sometimes my feet need to go barefoot and my legs like to breathe in cotton pjs vs denim jeans). I agree that it's ridiculous that society has given some women the idea that they *must* wear makeup all the time. I try to stress to my girls that makeup is for fun. I enjoy wearing it so I do. Loved reading your perspective- This makeup loving gal can definitely see eye to eye with you on a lot of those points (it's expensive that's for sure- just become a beauty blogger and they send t to you for free 😂😂).

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    1. I have no issues with make-up being for fun, but I cringe when someone acts as if they need it, like they can't leave the house unless their "face is ready."

      The idea of feeling pretty because you are wearing a dress or jewelry, kind of makes me cringe as well. I guess I just don't believe we should only want to be seen as "pretty" or I believe people should be considered beautiful no matter how they look, whether in sweats or a tight dress. It's hard to explain, but the idea bugs me.

      Also, as I mentioned in the cruelty free section, cruelty free usually just means the final product wasn't tested on animals, but the ingredients in it may have, so I would make sure to do your own research into the company if you indeed want to be 100% cruelty free.

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  3. I love makeup, especially the makeup the natural look. I don't always agree with being overly done for regular days, but I like easy makeup. It takes me less than than fifteen minutes a day so it's no issue for me. You are right thought about cost. I do spend a good amount on it.

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    1. I don't know where the rest of my post went! I meant to end with I feel comfortable with some makeup on, and while I don't need it, I like it. Guess it's to each her own, right. Thanks for sharing some valuable info on cruelty free.

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    2. Oh yes, these are just reasons why I don't wear make-up or feel anyone really needs to, but if you like wearing make-up then that's totally fine! It's really up to you!

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  4. For me, I mostly like wearing eye makeup and lipstick. I never got into the contouring. Howver, I do see your point on wearing it too time consuming and so fourth.

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  5. I love makeup, I have fun with makeup. I don't need it, or do I feel like I do. I feel like if you avoid something because it might make you feel a certain way, you need to explore those feelings.

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    1. I don't avoid it, I just don't think it's worth the effort or the expense. I have better things to do with my time and money. Plus I'm beautiful without it, so why cover up what God made?

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  6. Totally with you here! I don't wear makeup much, usually just some mascara, but I always make sure my makeup is ethical and cruelty free!

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  7. Love this! I've never been a big make up gal. Especially now as a new mom. Simply no time! But my sister is a makeup artist so I get it :) it's art for some people! Also love last man standing great show!

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    1. Yay! Another Last Man Standing fan! My husband thinks it's too political for his tastes, but I find it hilarious!

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  8. I don't wear makeup either, but for a variety of reasons. First off, when I do, I always feel like I have a mask on. And, I am a mother, who needs to impress ZERO people! But it mostly boils down to I am just too tired to get up 30 min early to do make up and hair. (cant do one with out the other, as I am told)

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  9. I loved reading your post so much because it's nice to have someone I can relate too... I stopped wearing makeup years ago for much of the same reasons... shell

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  10. I rarely wear make up. I would have to wake up earlier to put it on before work and getting two kids together and I'm not doing that.

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    1. Dang, I should have listed being a mom as one of my reasons! But I guess I stopped wearing make-up long before I became a mom so it didn't occur to me when writing this! You are so right though, if I wore make-up now, I would have to wake-up earlier than I do now and I already wake up too early as it is, haha!

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  11. Interestingly, I just picked up my 12 year old after a day with her friend... and her friend had make up on. I thought it was a weekend thing, but later learned that she does it for school everyday. Goodness me. I'm concerned that starting so young - she'll end up depending on make up rather than loving herself. But then again, I may be very wrong. I gave up on make up a long time ago. I'm glad to know it's not just me who shares this point of view xx

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    1. 12 is a bit too young in my opinion as well! I'd like for my daughter to be in high school before she considers it. I don't plan on mentioning it at all unless she asks me and then we'll have the talk.

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  12. I am not the kind of person who is dependent on make-up for feeling good. Nor do I have the patience to put on make-up every single time I move out of the house. Yet I do keep my make-up look saved for parties and family gatherings. It just feels more groomed. That's it. No love for make-up as such, no qualms either.

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    1. That's pretty much what I used to do, but if I ever wanted to dress-up, I would probably have to buy more, which would seem like a waste, but make-up does expire and mine is at least 4 years old!

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  13. This is a good reminder to me that I don't always have where makeup! But I also love makeup I find it fun to wear and try different looks :)

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  14. I wear makeup for special occasions. Like my wedding. Four years ago. Ha! I find most stuff feels heavy on my face, and I'd just rather not. I use perfume as a pick-me-up and sometimes I get a notion to do my nails, but that's it. Works for me.

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    1. Oh I forgot about perfume! I do use that on occasions, more so because it smells nice, haha!

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  15. lol I dieeee for make up although I can go natural but I prefer to glam up !

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  16. I do wear some makeup, but not always. I'm definitely against the horrific experiments on animals for makeup or any other products. I try to focus more on skin care at my age of 59.

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  17. Wearing makeup is an art form and I lovelovelove it. I am a makeup artist so spending an hour or more every day is not only fun for me, it's also my job. I don't mind the cost, because I view it as being just like any other hobby someone chooses to invest money in. I think it's a little close minded to view everyone who wears makeup as having a "mask" on. I think if it makes someone feel good about themselves to throw on mascara, or a bold lip, then they should do it! Body dysmorphia is a lot more serious than focusing on one flaw on your face, as well. It's awesome you feel so good in your own skin, but I also think it's awesome when women feel good in their skin with makeup on!

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    1. That's great for you! These are just reasons why "I" don't wear make-up or believe anyone needs to. If you want to, then that's totally your decision and totally fine.

      I don't know if I would call it "close-minded," after all a "mask" is what people use to cover up their face, and well make-up is used to cover the face, it just has various degrees from a simple zit cover-up or to making your face look like a cat for Halloween. I have no issues with anyone who wears make-up, but would find it lying to say it isn't a "mask" as well you are covering up the real you.

      Overall, my point is you shouldn't need make-up to feel good. Now if you want to put some on for fun, maybe to be a little more "dressed-up" or "groomed" then that's totally fine! Like I said I wore make-up for special events in the past for this reason. I still find it cool what people can do with it like make their face look completely different. I've seen where women made themselves look like men! So I appreciate the artist aspect, but I don't appreciate society's pressure on making women feel as if they need it to be beautiful. Men don't need it, why do women?

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    2. I am going to agree with Taylor on this. I am too a makeup artist and I self taught myself because I have a passion for creating beautiful makeup looks. It's my job and I love it. I personally got offended by this post because when I spend that 1 hour or whatever to create a beautiful look, it's to show off my skills and proof to those that I am talented. When someone comes to me for weddings or any other events, it's because they love the work I do. It's not just for fun. You don't have to be "close-minded" about things like this. It's just like any other job.

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    3. Again, I am going to emphasize that these are my personal reasons for not wearing makeup. I am not telling anyone else not to.

      Makeup is an art, art is a skill, which thus is a talent. I never said it wasn't. I have a friend who does make up for others as her job as well, and it's amazing what she can do. She loves it, and so that 1 hour for her is amazing, but it's not worth it to me. On the other hand I love to sit and binge watch TV, while others would see that as a waste of time. It's all a matter of opinion. There's nothing "close minded" about it.

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  18. Do all men love women with make-up? Not all of them. Women without or at least less make up will reveal their natural beauty ever

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    1. Yes! And every man I have asked actually prefer women who do not wear make-up! My husband doesn't like it and is glad that I am not make-up obsessed. I even met a man who said his wife is so dependent on it that he has considered hiding it from her as he feels she does not need it either!

      I think most men actually prefer women without make-up. There was a recent article also that said the majority of men believe women use make-up to deceive men. I'm not sure how I feel about that as it does make looks seem important then, as if these women were prettier with make-up on than without. In the end, I think we should all want someone who loves us for who we are, and if we're always hiding our true appearance, then we are guaranteed to attract the wrong people.

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  19. I am a mom of a toddler and I only wear a tiny bit of makeup when i go somewhere like church or a date but one of the main reason I stopped using alot of the makeup i had is because I learned about all the harsh chemicals they had. Now if i do use make up. I use plant based and cruelty free make up. Thanks for sharing.
    http://www.simplebeautifulandeffortless.com/

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  20. Over the past year, I've started going make-up free for days at a time. Then I'll wear it for a couple of days. And then go make-up free again. I've become really accustomed to my face without make-up and must admit, I feel good about that. Still, it's a bit of a controversial topic. I commend you for blogging about it!

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  21. I haven’t worn makeup regularly in 15 years and in the past 10 years I can only think of one time I wore it - to be an extra in a movie. I can’t stand the way it feels. I wore it in high school in an attempt to cover really bad acne. Now that my skin has cleared (hurray!) it feels wonderful to just wash my face in the morning and go. I think makeup trends are really over the top right now. Some of the women on tv look like the futuristic characters from Hunger Games. I’m pretty sure in a decade or so we’ll look back on present day eye makeup and wonder what everyone was thinking!

    My daughter is in seventh grade and she’s adamantly anti-makeup. Fortunately she didn’t inherit my bad skin so she’s got nothing to cover up. Not that foundation does much for zits anyway. I think you’re ahead of the game feeling confident in your own skin.

    I’m glad to “meet” you. It sure feels like I’m the only one that isn’t spending an hour painting her face each morning. It’s good to know I’m not alone.

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    1. That is awesome that your daughter is anti-makeup! I love when young people don't follow trends, so awesome when they are that confident and love themselves at that young of an age! I hope my daughter is just as confident when the time comes. I'm sure it definitely helps when we set an example by not wearing it.

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  22. Make up is time consuming and expensive. But I absolutely still love it! It's creating art!

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  23. I've always been similar to you in that makeup seemed unnecessary, expensive and time consuming. I would relentlessly tease one of my best friends who is an hour+ makeup routine person because it took me 10 minutes or less to get ready for the day. After having my 2nd I started experiencing a lot of anxiety and depression because I didn't have any time. I'm a college student, a full time blogger, a mom of 2, a housekeeper...(you know how it is..I wear all the hats). Soon realized that the time I spent putting on makeup and getting ready in the morning was the only time I really had to myself in the morning. And now it's like my time to meditate and mentally prepare for the day. Plus, I have fun with it- I love playing around with looks and colors. I love to wear it, and I love the expensive products I probably spend a little too much on.
    Having said that, I don't wear a full face everyday. But I do love to spend that time on myself in the morning getting ready, doing my hair, putting on makeup, and picking out a cute outfit. It's fun for me and makes me feel more awake, more energized, and more confident in my ability to take on the world! Plus I love a good dark lipstick ;)

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