Are you guilty of rolling out of bed each morning only to lather on the face paint? Ladies, I have a challenge for you: break up with your makeup for the summer. Really, it’s her, not you. Whether for a day, a week, or an entire month, conceal don’t feel…let it goooo!
Because what better time than the hot and sticky summer months to let your skin breathe? The humidity causes globs of the Covergirl applied two hours prior to roll right off your face in an unflattering avalanche of color. Stop concealing and start healing that skin.
This is my face sans-makeup for our Niagara Falls excursion. Notice the zits that are better off getting some air rather than hiding under nasty chemicals all day. If this gem isn’t embarrassed to be seen with me like this, then why bother with makeup, amiright?
I shudder thinking back to high school day when my naive mind thought an unnatural bronze glow while snow was falling was the answer to all my insecurity problems. I was under the notion that vibrant pearly whites, compliments of Crest goo-strips would negate the unsightly train tracks running across them. I figured that by piling on mounds of liquid foundation, those puberty-induced craters on my face would disappear sooner. In reality, it was a temporary quick-fix that only led to more damage in the long run.
Fast forward to college where I rolled into class without makeup and can’t count the number of people asking if I was “feeling okay” because they were not used to seeing me au naturel. Nowadays, we’re lucky if I throw makeup on for a night out on the town. #lazy #postgradprobz
I’m afraid that once I start my big girl job, it will be frowned upon to come into the office bare faced, seen as unprofessional. Which begs the question, why is makeup even a thing?
Are women trying to change their own DNA “makeup” by altering their god-given features? Are we trying to “make up” for the difference between what we look like and how we think we should present ourselves to the world? Does each generation “make-up” new rules of beauty ideals? A woman may wear makeup to give her face a more youthful glow, to hide lines, blemishes, and age spots. Following a restless night, we may need a quick-fix to hide dark circles under our eyes. We use it to brighten the face and camouflage pores, uneven coloring, and scars.
True, cosmetics can be a form of self-expression and character, and one that isn’t afforded to (most) men. But women should not rely on their image as a way to make her voice heard.
In a world where makeup was never invented
An ex-boyfriend of mine once asked me if I knew about the “spread” According to Bro Code, this is an number 1 to 10 on the difference between a women all glammed up for the night and how she wakes up sans-makeup. Which begs the question, are we lying to men? If you tell us you “wear it for yourself” that can hardly be the case. How often do you see your face? A couple times a day in the mirror? Sure it may help you feel good about yourself, but that’s all psychological.