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Minimalist Make-up

My last job was in a downtown shopping mall. The lunch hour would bring in parades of gorgeous people who had escaped their high-powered jobs for a few minutes of blissful shopping. They looked great, and very done. Hair done, nails done, make-up done. Even the men looked perfectly coiffed.

Now, I work at a non-profit in a small town. The attitude towards dress and style could not be any more different. People are dressed for comfort, designer labels are simply not seen, and everyone has a more natural look about them. Less make-up, less hair dye, and less keeping-up-with-the-Joneses. It’s a very refreshing change.

When I worked at the mall, I’d delight in wearing statement necklaces and bold lipstick. It was fun! And I do still enjoy dressing up. But my style is adapting to my new environment, and I’m finding that I’m wearing MUCH less make-up.

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What I used to wear:

  • Under-eye concealer
  • Cover-up with SPF
  • Pencil eyeliner (bottom lash line)
  • Liquid eyeliner (upper lash line)
  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lipstick

What I wear now:

  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Tinted lip balm or very neutral lipstick
  • [Upper lash line eyeliner if I’m feeling fancy]
  • [Neutral eyeshadow if I’m feeling REALLY fancy]

I am saving time each morning, and developing more confidence in how I look without make-up. TRUST ME, if people are used to seeing you in “full make-up” all the time, the one day you go clean-faced you may be asked if you’re feeling ok. It’s a sad truth, but who can blame people?

I’ll admit – I used to agree with the infamous quote: “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” (Helena Rubinstein) But I now see less make-up as a sign of confidence and self-acceptance. I’m really enjoying this make-under. It’s definitely a good way to love your natural self, spend less money on make-up, and have more room in your make-up bag.

What about you? Do you wear a lot of make-up, or a little? None? Comment below!

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