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