I’ve been thinking a lot about make-up lately. Stephanie’s post last week on the price of beauty prompted me to put some thoughts onto digital “paper”. I love makeup. I remember the first piece of makeup I ever bought like it was yesterday. In celebration of my rising womanhood, my mom decided to let me go to the cosmetic’s department of Nordstroms and get a mini-makeover at Stilla, and select 4 of my favorite products. A beautiful violet, and silver eyeliner, black mascara, and shimmer power seemed like treasure in my 12 year old hands. I never doubted my appearance, but these new toys were so fun and sparkly-who wouldn’t love them? I went through stages of blue eye shadow and rancoon eyeliner in middle school, and experimented with winged liquid eyeliner in highschool. Eventually tinted moisturizer and black eyeliner became my staples and it began to feel strange to see my reflection in the mirror without those two. It was a grown-up extension of playing “dress-up” with the ability to enhance features and cover up flaws.
But I also am trying to learn that it is ok to go without makeup. I skip it when going to the gym (don’t want to clog those pores) and linger on Saturday mornings without “my face on.” But it is a learning curve, especially in a culture where beauty & perfection is so idolized. The Daily Mail is reporting that a survey of 3,000 women has found that 1/3 of them wouldn't not go out to the grocery store without make-up on. One in ten women said they wouldn't allow their boyfriends to see them without makeup. Your boyfriend who is supposed to love and care for you and you wouldn’t let him see you without your makeup on-ever?
Alexis Wolfer of The Beauty Bean has started a movement called Makeup Free Monday which basically describes itself-going sans make-up on Mondays. She says that it’s “ about empowerment. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about being beautiful just the way you are. It’s about doing all of this on your own terms. It’s about promoting confidence.”
So on this topic I try to ride the line of balance. I enjoy getting made-up, playing with new beauty products and having fun with it. Today I swear by bare minerals, love my Benefit BADgal mascara, and adore tarte’s long-lasting (and paraban free!) eggplant eyeliner.But I also remind myself that I don’t need make-up to be me, that I am still Elizabeth without foundation, mascara and eyeliner. True radiance comes from inside. (oh and fyi- vegetables make your skin glow more than tanning, just so you know!) I will never burn my brushes and swear off makeup forever, but I am learning to be comfortable in my own, bare, skin.
The Glamour article that highlighted these results received over 100 comments of women fighting both sides-never without, never wearing and everywhere in between. What are your thoughts on makeup? Makeup Addict, Artist, or Abstainer?