They can be messy or tidy, dysfunctional or thriving, turbulent or consistent. The one relationship that should never fail, however, is the one between you and makeup. This relationship is reliable, controllable, and simple because it is based on one, straightforward formula: you + makeup + choice. Now that’s the perfect relationship.
So many struggle with whether or not they should wear makeup—that struggle being charged with what others might think, the fear of being judged, and accusations of insecurity. Well, we’re here to deconstruct the #struggle, because the truth of the matter is, the choice is yours, and yours alone.
If you spend 20 minutes on your makeup in the morning, great. Makeup will love you for it. If you skip it entirely, totally fine, too. Makeup will not be offended. In the end, we’re pretty sure that you’ll see why whatever choice you make for yourself is the best choice of all.
1. Show the world every version of YOU!
Different days bring different energies. Monday mornings, your face may be vibing with more of a J. Lo look—highlighter and some bronzer for a summery-glow. Friday nights may have you feeling more edgy and ready to rock, à la Cara Delevingne. One of makeup’s best qualities is its ability to transform, allowing your look to reflect your mood and show the world every version of YOU.
2. For the sake of creation!
It’s easy to fall into a routine that quickly becomes stagnant, making you feel like your weekdays are on repeat. But, going into anything with a plan in place is the key to success, right? To an extent. Sometimes, you just need a little something different, or something new and experimental to get your gears going. And makeup can do that for you!
Sitting down for 15, or even five minutes to apply makeup is a gesture of self-care, love, and personal nourishment. Sometimes, stopping to put on your makeup in the morning is the only YOU time you can get. So, taking a few moments to gloss your lips and precisely fill your brows is 100% necessary to take on the day. When your brows are on point, life is on point.
4. Boost your confidence.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. We are drawn to some facial features more than others, and when we are able to highlight those parts, we feel like we are putting our best foot face forward. Into your lashes? Coat them in color to make them pop. Love your cheekbones? Highlight them! Literally. Use makeup to show the world what YOU want it to see—as if we haven’t stressed that enough.
5. Someone makeup shamed you about wearing makeup ... #rude.
Not wearing makeup because someone shamed you about wearing makeup is not a good reason to go au natural. With dare to bare hashtags like #NoMakeupMonday and #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup floating around, it’s hard to not feel like you’re going against a good cause. But it goes without saying that if you want it, you WEAR IT! We support you, girl.
1. You wear it to impress someone other than YOURSELF.
It’s about YOU! Remember? Whether you are wearing it or not, the subject matter is between you and makeup only. This relationship is exclusive, and the opinions of third wheels are not welcome. If your friends prefer blush and your man prefers bronzer but you prefer neither, throw it in the corner (gently).
2. You ain’t got time for that.
Prioritizing is key. If your makeup routine is getting in the way of other goals and schedules (as in, you’re late to work every morning) you may need to cut down the application time. We know, the truth can hurt.
3. You’re using it to be something different than who YOU are.
Knowing who you are sounds easy until you open Instagram and see that every celebrity is into a new trend you can barely pronounce. Like, what is “draping"?
FOMO is real. We get it. But, if you’re only putting lipgloss on because Kylie is doing it, then just don’t. Unless it’s Halloween, and you need to be a vampire. In that case, we recommend Urban DecayVice Lipstick.
4. You’re running from something.
If you wear makeup because you are running from a deeper issue, like skin blemishes or acne, then the easy way out is NOT the best way out. In life, and with cosmetics, running from the problem is not the answer. As much as we want you to feel great, applying makeup to skin that needs to receive some TLC is like slapping a bandaid on without addressing what’s underneath. If this sounds familiar, put the foundation brush down and back away from the mirror. Introduce a full skincare regimen into your daily beauty routine to give it the love it needs, then you can indulge in a little coverage plan of attack.
5. YOU FORGET TO TAKE IT OFF AT NIGHT!
This is just not okay on so many levels. Your skin needs to breathe. And, to be cleaned. And, your pillow cases? They enjoy going all natural. If you don’t make it home with enough energy to rid your face of the day’s makeup, then NO MAKEUP for you. It really hurts us to say that, but we have your best interest at heart. Promise!
Remember, it’s your life. As long as you are 100% behind the decision you make, you’ll be able to brag to people about your perfect relationship. If they tell you that such a thing doesn’t exist, send them this article (and show them your winged liner).
Share your thoughts on the ultimate beauty debate! How does makeup make you feel?