Post # 1
This is kind of a spinoff from the post about letting Darling Husband see you without makeup, but it went off in a totally different direction:
It really upsets me that men can roll out of bed and put some nice clothes on, and they “look nice,” but when a woman rolls out of bed and puts nice clothes on, she doesn’t “look nice” until her hair is styled and her makeup is on.
I sometimes hear my girl friends talking about how they look like crap because their hair and makeup isn’t done. They don’t look like crap, though. They are just showing what their faces and hair naturally look like. No woman (or man) should have to feel bad about that.
God forbid anyone see their gorgeous, unmakeuped faces for one day, one hour, or even one minute. And, honestly, they really don’t look that much different without makeup on —- it’s all in our heads.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t wear makeup, and I’m not trying to hate on cosmetics. I like wearing makeup sometimes! I just don’t like feeling ashamed of my own face when I don’t have makeup on.
Hold your heads up high when you have no makeup on or hair product in. You’re just as beautiful, if not more. <3
Post # 3
I agree and I have never worn it a day in my life!
Post # 4
I didn’t follow the other thread closely, but I totally agree! I grew up with my mom putting on makeup just to go to the grocery store. Today, I really, really love makeup. But I go without it, too. For me, I just like playing with different color combinations and I enjoy putting it on. Makeup should be fun, not a requirement for leaving the house!
Post # 5
@jo.lee: “Makeup should be fun, not a requirement for leaving the house!”
Exactly! I wish I could have worded it this well. 🙂 It breaks my heart when my girlfriends are embarassed to go out in public “without their face on.” I want them to believe me when I say that I didn’t even notice that they weren’t wearing any, and they look just as gorgeous as ever.
Post # 6
@cbee: That’s awesome! 😀 I’m more off-and-on about it. When I start to feel ugly without makeup, I just stop wearing it for weeks.
Post # 7
I think it is kind of generational honestly. My mom is the kind of woman who runs to put lipstick on when she hears my dad in the driveway. I’ve never seen her leave the house without makeup. I’ve actually rarely seen her without makeup at all unless I was waking her up in the morning or happened to need something after she went to bed and washed her face. She is constantly bothered by how little I wear makeup and even when I have really important things going on (like say– the day I took the bar exam) she’ll say something about making sure I put my makeup on before my (now) husband came home because “you know, men are very visual beings.”
So I think for a lot of older women its just what you DO and they put a lot of pressure on everyone to do the same. I would never go home or to a family event without full makeup because everyone would think I was ill lol. But yea I agree, it shouldn’t be that way. When I’m off in my own little bubble where we live I wear makeup maybe twice/week.
Post # 8
Amen! I hate that men don’t feel the need to enhance their complexion, highlight their cheekbones, or draw attention to their eyes, but makeup is seen as a requirement for women to look nice or professional. I wear makeup as little as possible, only when I feel like it, and Mr.ND is totally cool with that. He sees the double standard as well.
Post # 9
If a man cannot love you in sweatpants then he doesn’t deserve you in a wedding dress – that just says it all.
Post # 11
@thehoneybear: 100% co-sign. I understand using makeup to hide spots and blemishes. However, the fact is that almost everyone has those “imperfections”. We sometimes hold ourselves to some very unrealistic standards.
I don’t wear makeup on a regular basis. Sometimes I’ll put on just mascara and sometimes I’ll just wash my face and moisturize. When I do wear makeup, it is either for fun or for an event of some sort, and I like the way I look with it on.
However, for those who do wear makeup everyday, that’s ok too. Some people have body image issues which can be crippling and makeup can serve as a crutch in some cases. For other people, they just like the way they look in makeup and it has become a habit or even an extension of themselves. If it is a body image issue, I hope that people are tackling the root cause. If it is a girly thing, and you just like the way you look in makeup, then do your thing.
Post # 14
Agreed. I just don’t have the time for it any more! Some girls walk around with a full blowout and makeup just to go to the GYM!
Post # 15
I don’t really think it is completely that way. I mean, I rarely wear make-up and know quite a few women who do the same. I am comfortable in my own skin and I believe every woman should be. You are how you were meant to be and you should embrace it! Flaws and everything.
Post # 16
Ive never done my hair except for special occassions..I seriously could give a crap about how my hair is styled in the morning.
I do put on makeup every day though becasue I feel self conscious without it.