No, no, I’m not talking about getting naked. Even if I do like to walk around the apartment semi-nude. Hey, it’s a benefit to living alone. Consider it…a rite of passage!
Anyhow, along with my late blooming that I’ve mentioned before, another rite of passage I was delayed on was wearing makeup. Actually, I rarely wore it at all until after college. Sure I’d slap some mascara on my eyes but foundation, concealer, etc. that was all foreign to me. I still don’t even know how to apply liquid eyeliner!
Now, I wear a lot of make up. Primers and tints and brushes line my bathroom sink, each with it’s proper place in my routine. It’s sad but I even have a “workweek face” whichrequires the most prep and a “weekend face” that also has a routine but minus a few of the “workweek” products. I rarely let people see me completely makeup free.
Why? Because I’m insecure. For a long time I was embarrassed by how I looked, with rosacea on both cheeks, uneven skin tone and dark undereye circles. But I just figured make up was evil and this is how I was made so it was fine.
But now that I have this weekday and weekend routine and I notice that people compliment me on my skin and features so I’m rarely seen without it.
And while I was on vacation, due to mostly laziness, I barely wore makeup at all, giving my parents a bit of a shock for the first two days. I think my stepmom was holding out hope I’d come around. Yeah, I didn’t.
But going a week without make up was kind of liberating. No one stared at me like I was a monster, or pointed out the flaws on my skin out loud. That kind of judgement is all in my own head.
So here’s a picture of me au natural on the face. It’s something I definitely need to do more often. Because despite all the scars or uneven tone or redness, I still like what was originally there :)
Do you have a make up routine? Or do you find that the number of make up products you use has increased as you’ve gotten older?
Note: As a follow up to yesterday’s online dating FAILs, yes, I did hear from Phil and after another whiny e-mail, he’s been cut loose. I need a man, not a boy. But his reaction to my “coddling” e-mail was hilarious. He apparently like a sassy woman :) And I didn’t reply to the guy who gave me options but maybe I should! It’s just the word, “heart throbber” that throws me :)