At first, I started using makeup because I wanted to look older. Trust me, when you’re 21 and people ask you if you go to high school you don’t take it as a compliment.
Only after that I discovered its magic and became a relaxing activity for me.
It is a common myth that putting on makeup every day is bad for your skin. I don’t think that is the case.
In fact, given the level of pollution these days, I believe it has the opposite effect (as long as you pay a little attention to the ingredients).
The best thing about wearing foundation daily is the protection it provides the skin against dust and pollution. Using makeup every day means that dust and all other unfriendly things don’t get directly on your skin. That thin, invisible layer protects it.
Another perk is that you end up doing it in a really speedy manner and it still looks great. The best example: winged eyeliner. It takes whole a lot of practice to get it right and I got to the point that I was able to do it in 5 minutes regardless of the shape I was after. I didn’t practice it anymore for about half a year and now I don’t even have the courage/can’t bring myself to try again as I feel I am back to square 1.
Back in the day when I had a lot more time on my hands a 20 minutes makeup meant: face primer, eye primer, foundation, concealer, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, eyebrows contouring, mascara, blush, lip balm.
Now, a 20 minutes makeup means: eye primer, foundation, concealer, eyebrows contouring, mascara. The others became optional and using them means I need a longer time for the makeup to look the same.
You need to know in advance when you are getting out of the house. Depending on the kind of makeup you are fond of it can mean 10 minutes or 1 whole hour. If you are wearing foundation as a necessity (which is my case) you need to know in advance when you have to leave the house.
Being used to wear makeup daily you might have unreal expectations of how you look. A lot of times when looking in the mirror you probably have makeup on and that might mean that when you look in the mirror without it, you might not like what you see.
Be careful, so you don’t end up seeing makeup as a necessity to like yourself and your appearance. This is the biggest trap. Probably nobody has the perfect skin foundation gives you the impression you do. Give yourself the opportunity to like your natural self.
Makeup accentuates, brings attention to the areas of your choice but you are not your makeup.
My conclusion: I started using makeup because I wanted to change people’s perception about my age. Then I started experimenting and it became more and more enjoyable.
I think makeup is fun, relaxing and it should never become a burden.
I had a time when I wouldn’t get out of the house without full make-up on. That is not the case anymore. I still wear foundation when getting out almost all the time. But that is because of my skin’s sensitivity to pollution.
So if anybody would ask me what did wearing foundation every day did for your skin? I’d answer: it makes it look healthier when I take the makeup off.
I came to terms with my rosacea, occasional blemishes and so on. I think that happiness is the best makeup I could ever wear.
Do you wear makeup daily? Why/why not?
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