I recently shared this on Instagram and got a really awesome response from so many of you, so I thought it should be discussed further:
I’ve realized lately that while I don’t usually wear that much makeup, I’ve grown to rely too heavily on my daily makeup routine to make me feel beautiful. Namely, filling in my brows with my brow pencil! So today I pared it down for a coffee date with a friend—a little bronzer on the cheeks to look alive, a quick swipe of tinted brow gel, and lip balm (an essential FOREVER!!!). Feeling sort of naked, but I like it. Can anyone else relate to this makeup dependency, even if you don’t wear much?
I realize that I’m definitely not alone in this makeup dilemma. In fact, my husband reminded me that I gave up makeup completely for 3 years (starting before we met, and continuing through our dating season) just because I felt like mascara had such a hold over me. At some point, I welcomed makeup back in with a healthier mindset, but for the first time since then I’m feeling a bit unhealthily attached to my makeup.
There’s something so raw, so vulnerable, so trustworthy even about a bare face, don’t you think? I feel that way, and yet meticulously filling in my brows and putting on mascara have become compulsions for me the moment I wake up in the morning.
So the other day, when I snapped the photo above, I cut down my already minimal makeup routine to its absolute bare minimum (aside from no makeup, of course): bronzer/blush, tinted brow gel and lip balm. Just a teensy, tiny bit to make me look alive and awake—but nothing to really change my appearance.
As I shared on Instagram, I definitely felt naked. Mostly because I hadn’t filled in my brows and they just felt so bare! But by the time I left the house, I felt pretty amazing. Liberated. Beautiful even. There was something really refreshing about just having my real, un-made face out there for the world to see. And the liberation I felt from it was well worth the sacrifice of looking less “done.”
Aside from a totally makeup-free face, what would you say your makeup minimum is?