One of the amazing women I follow is Dana “Hotpants.” As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed I saw a post she made about a makeup removal party she held. In this Instagram post she talked about the Renfrew Research Center’s study that found 49% of women feel unattractive without makeup. This made me want to write a post about why I don’t normally wear makeup.
I have been fortunate to not fall into the trap that the beauty industry sells; the trap where we are told that beauty equals makeup. There are so many beautiful, badass women out there that are still beautiful (downright gorgeous) when they are not wearing makeup. I do not believe that makeup = beauty.
I am aware there is a myriad of reasons people wear makeup. And I have been fortunate because it has never been difficult for me not to wear makeup. I’m aware this is not the case for many people and I’ve struggled with writing this post because I don’t want to offend anyone. But, if this blog is about finding the beauty in being yourself, then I feel talking about why I choose not to wear makeup should be part of the discussion.
So, let’s get started.
I’m not against makeup. I’m always super in awe of people who are good at it – it really is an art. I just choose not to wear it for a few reasons (in no particular order):
- I’m lazy
- It’s all too confusing and I don’t care to learn
- My mom is not a makeup wearer so I grew up around no makeup
- I’ve never thought makeup was tied to my sense of beauty or self-worth
When I was in the 10th grade I joined my high school band’s color guard. Up until that point I did not wear makeup (maybe the occasional lip gloss). But even though wearing makeup for performance was required, I only ever wore lipstick and eye makeup: eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadow. Partly because looking at the foundation in the store I had no idea 1. how to pick the proper one for my skin tone and 2. I had no idea how to apply it. So eye makeup it was… and still is on rare occasions.
If you happen to scroll down my Instagram feed, the last time I posted with makeup on was September of 2015. Of course I’ve worn makeup since then but I would say at least in the last year I’ve been makeup free. I have contemplated wearing it on occasion but I’m lazy. It’s easier to just get dressed, do my hair, and then leave for work or other errands.
I also never saw my mother do her makeup and so never equated that with a routine to follow before leaving the house. There was of course the lipstick or random blush or eyeliner I would find in her purse.
As I said previously, I’ve been fortunate to not feel like I would be more beautiful with makeup. I do feel like it does enhance beauty but for me I was more self-conscious about my body size and my hair than I ever have been about my face.
I don’t have all the answers but if you’re one of the 49% of women who feel unattractive without makeup I just want to let you know that that’s a lie and you are beautiful. And I also encourage you to check out Dana because you might be able to relate to her more than me and I believe we should all feel beautiful and comfortable in our skin and she’s helping me see the beauty in being myself.