I have come to the conclusion that makeup is entirely overrated. Just think about the money and time we spend on this really unnecessary act of thinking we look better being made up. I remember when I was dating my husband years ago he said to me that he liked it when I didn’t have so much makeup on. Well, I was never one to wake up with that glamorous glow that the movie stars mostly have. Even when they are coming out of a coma, notice how they still have lipstick on. I can’t even keep mine on for more than five minutes before it is licked or chewed off.
Now, I am not one of those people that wakes up in the morning looking like a fashion model, or even close. I envy those people that don’t feel the need to put on makeup. I have noticed how little time (most) men actually take getting ready for their day. Women on the other hand have hair and makeup to contend with. This takes a considerable time out of one’s day.
Makeup has always unfortunately been a staple of my life. I had an older sister that introduced me to wearing makeup. Seeing how it made her look so nice, I, of course, wanted to wear it also. I wasn’t allowed to even wear lipstick until I believe I was in the 8th grade. That doesn’t mean I didn’t wear it, just rubbed it off before walking into the back door of home so that I wouldn’t be caught with the tell-tale of lipstick before I was allowed to.
Think of all the books and magazines over the years that have advertisements about makeup, such as which brands to use, the newest ideas of application, and the list goes on. I am always amazed that so much time and effort can possibly be discussed about this topic.
It has been suggested that wearing makeup is a sign of insecurity. Well, I don’t know about that. Wearing makeup just makes me feel complete like I am totally dressed for the day. Even if I am just slopping around in my grubbies, I still feel the need to put on makeup. Sometimes I just feel lazy and wash my face, brush my teeth, and on I go, no makeup on. Then as the day progresses I just feel incomplete and sort of sloppy all over. Just like I can never wear my pajamas all day even if I am not going out anywhere. I just don’t feel put together. It is a good feeling to get dressed and prepare your face for the day so that you are confident you look the best you can to tackle anything that comes up in your day. But, again, who said you look better with makeup on? Most men just think they look great without those added touches.
On two occasions that I can remember being told that it is a good thing, there is makeup as when I came out without it there must have been a big, I mean big, difference when I actually put it on.
I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup. Mine consists of a foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara, and now I have to work on my brows as the age of gray has set in, and call it a day. I often don’t even wear lipstick, but need to have Chapstick on me at all times. Lipstick doesn’t seem to last on me very long, so why bother?
I prefer a natural look and try to achieve that even though it takes a little help from this highly overrated act of putting on makeup.