Something about the summer always makes me want to stop wearing makeup. It is a combination of things: I am on summer break so I don’t need to go to work everyday. Also, when it is hot I hate the feeling of anything on my face. I have allergies in the summer and find myself rubbing my eyes (even though I try not to) and rubbing makeup all over the place! I thought about how I am so dependent on makeup normally. I don’t wear a ton, but my usual routine looks like this: moisturizer, eye cream, liquid foundation, bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara. I wear eye shadow when we are going out in the evening or when I am at work. It’s a simple routine and a small amount of makeup compared to some people, but it still takes time, and I find myself asking why I feel the need to put makeup on everyday.
With some makeup in Napa!
Now that I primarily stay home with my son, I find myself going make up free quite often. It has been very liberating. It is hard to shower and get ready with a baby who is all over the place. I can only shower when he is napping, but nap times are also the only time I have to exercise, clean, and write, and there aren’t enough naps to fit everything in. I have found myself making my shower and getting ready routine as fast as possible in order to fit in everything else.
Totally makeup free in the above picture!
Lately, there has been some buzz in the media about celebrities going makeup free. Alicia Keys is the most notable one that comes to mind lately. She has decided to go completely makeup free for good. She is on the next season of The Voice, and will not wear any makeup on the show. I think this is awesome! First of all, she is lucky because she is beautiful without makeup. However, even with this going for her, she could still choose to wear makeup for the cameras. I commend her, and think this is such a crazy, bold thing to do in these times.
As a complete contradiction to this, I was watching Bachelor in Paradise this season. Side note: I know these types of shows rot my brain, but I can’t stop! The girls on the show wear SO MUCH MAKEUP! They are ostensibly on vacation, at the beach. When I go on vacation to the beach, I let my hair air dry, and wear literally no makeup. The girls on the show had false eyelashes, tons of eyeliner, hair extensions, the whole nine yards. I thought about how these girls would look so much prettier if they toned it down a little. Of course, if you are trying to find love on TV, I suppose you would want to look your best, but maybe at least eliminate the false eyelashes while wearing a bikini 😉
For me, I don’t want to go completely makeup free for good. I am a girly girl at heart, and sometimes enjoy the process of getting ready. I especially like it when someone else is doing it for me. I adore getting my hair and makeup done, even though it happens very infrequently. I strive to find a happy medium between no makeup ever, and fake eyelashes at the beach. Some days I wear absolutely no makeup, and I’m fine with that. Other days, I take a little time to put myself together. I challenge everyone to try a few makeup free days here and there. It is very liberating!