I’ve long thought that make-up looks best when it enhances your natural beauty, rather than masking it.
Recently, however, I’ve started to wonder whether I use it as a form of security. I don’t put it on if I’m just going to be slobbing around at home, but whenever I go to university, meet my society, or go out anywhere the make-up goes on and I feel better for it.
Is this solely because I enjoy wearing it? Or this also because I don’t feel complete without it?
My worth does not depend on whether or not I wear make-up; I don’t want my self-confidence to either. So I’ve decided to stop using all my make-up for a week and document my findings here. I’ll be completely bare-faced. No concealer, no mascara, nothing, just a bit of lip balm.
I like to think I’m getting more comfortable in my own skin, but I can’t deny make-up gives me a boost. I can create the illusion of bright eyes, I can define my cheekbones; there’s a berry lipstick in my stash that makes me feel like I know what I’m doing. Will I still feel okay when all of that has gone? I’ll let you know in seven days time.
How much make-up do you wear on a daily basis? How would you feel without it? Let me know in the comments.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.