The Great Makeup Debate

Foundation smudges range of colors  on white background

I’m thinking about starting to wear makeup.

It’s not that I’ve gotten this far in life without ever wearing makeup, but for the most part, I don’t. Literally weeks can go by where I don’t even open that drawer. For days where I feel like I need just a little perk, my go-tos are concealer, scarcely-there eyeliner in a shade of brown, and mascara. Special events can also include eyeshadow, brow pencil, lip liner and lipstick. It’s a fairly bare-bones operation.

Aside from a brief stint in middle-school that included electric blue mascara and a poor attempt at localized facial contouring EVERY DAY, I’ve traditionally gone the minimalist route. There are several reasons for this.

1. I’m a big believer in natural beauty. For everyone. I believe everyone should be comfortable and confident with a completely bare face. It’s my opinion that makeup should be used like any other accessory. Fun, a reflection of your own style, a way to feel a little more special than usual, but never a necessity.

2. Putting on makeup takes time. Unfortunately, since the time that would usually go toward putting on makeup (in the morning) is time that I could still be in bed… I vote for bed. More sleep, every time.

3. No single product will work for everyone. The trial-and-error method of finding what works best consumes both time and money. It’s not that I’m cheap, per se, but it frustrates me to no end to pay more than a dollar for something that I cannot (or will not) use. Also, I am a little cheap when it comes to brands. I understand that more expensive products may be of higher quality and perform better than the drugstore versions, but I don’t want to pay the extra money for them.

4. I have a large fear of preferring my made-up face to my regular, bare, face and then falling into a deep depression about it. Truly. I actually fear this.

However, as you’ll have seen from my last few posts, I’ve recently ventured into the Vlog World. For our first episode of Bourbon & Bordeaux, I did my standard Special Occasion makeup, actually amping it up with substantial black eyeliner (substantial for me). Before we began, I turned to Carrie and said, “I think I put on too much makeup.” Watching the video, later, that comment seemed silly. My face looked pretty dang washed out.

Bourbon and Bordeaux Still

Still from Bourbon & Bordeaux. I mean, can you even tell I put eye makeup on?

I began looking at other vlogs with female hosts. I began noticing that they all had very perfect faces.

Makeup faces.

And I kind-of want a perfect face for our vlog. I mean, all the time, too, but mostly for the vlog. So I began thinking about makeup. Specifically, foundation. Then I watched some more vlogs. Here’s my problem. Although all these girls are looking gorgeous and flawless and great… I can also tell that they’re wearing foundation. I want the gorgeous, but am concerned about the obviousness of foundation.

If you’re hoping for my brilliant conclusion, or the amazing non-foundation foundation that I found, sorry. Not here. Like I said at the top, I’m starting to think about this whole makeup thing. I don’t know what to do. I’d like some advice. What are your suggestions? What are your foundation stories and thoughts? I can’t wait to hear!

Really. I can’t wait. As in, I’ll be checking for comments every five minutes.

Please help.

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10 Comments
  • Carry O.
    August 4, 2015

    Stage make up does not equal daily make up! Seriously, stage make up can look crazy close
    up.

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      August 5, 2015

      I’m familiar with theater makeup, and yes, that can be cray. But is that necessarily true with up-close vlogging makeup?

  • Katie
    August 5, 2015

    Tinted moisturizer is my go to, since I found foundation too heavy (though, I am not on camera, so you know, grain of salt).

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      August 5, 2015

      Do you find that the tinted moisturizer evens out skin tone overall? Or does it work more as a light concealer? Tell me more!

  • Alana
    August 5, 2015

    I used to use liquid foundation but this summer it just melts off so I have gone back to Bare Minerals. It looks and feels natural and you can brush it on in literally seconds. I could be wrong, but I think elf has a mineral foundation that is supposed to be similar…might be worth checking out if you don’t want to feel/look like you have a face full of makeup.

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      August 5, 2015

      So is your Bare Minerals product a powder, instead of liquid? I did a quick elf Google and there seem to be several mineral foundations options – and that’s a price point I can get down with! THANK YOU, ALANA!!!

  • Niki
    August 5, 2015

    You definitely don’t need to go with foundation. A tinted moisturizer or BB cream will still provide some coverage while letting your skin show through. There are some lightweight foundations that do this, too, but the former are better places to start (in my opinion, especially if you’re not used to foundation). Also, there are some GREAT drugstore brands! NYX is a good one, and L’Oreal makes good foundations and Maybelline has great concealers and lipsticks. A lot of people also like the Garnier BB Cream as well. Oh, and Elf can be hit or miss but they’re super cheap and do have some good stuff. I hope that helps!

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      August 5, 2015

      And here’s where I show my true ignorance. What IS BB Cream? Is it different than foundation AND tinted moisturizer? Thank you SO much for the recommendations! You’re the bee’s 🙂

  • Niki
    August 5, 2015

    PS, I want to add that you’re beautiful the way you are. If you want to wear more makeup, of course, go for it. But I don’t want you to feel pressured. You are so gorgeous and I always think we should do what makes us the most comfortable. I’m done with the longest comments ever now 🙂

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      August 5, 2015

      Awwwww, thanks, Niki – you make me blush! (Hey, one less makeup item to put on!) 😉

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