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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!

What if everything you owned was already enough?

I think there can be a lot of pressure when you’re striving to build the perfect wardrobe. Even more so when you’re working with a capsule wardrobe: there are must-have lists, and gaps you need to fill. Sometimes I get quite caught up in the notion that my wardrobe needs something and if I don’t have it, it feels like a big void that MUST be filled.

Example: I bought a pair of Frye ankle boots that were on sale for $185 (regular $500!) and they were great aside from the fact that they were half a size too small for me. Foolishly, I planned on getting them stretched and living happily ever after. I took them to two different cobblers, had them stretched twice, and they still hurt my poor little fit. What a waste of money! Oh well, time to move on. I have removed the ankle boots from my wardrobe because they hurt, and I believe in wearing things that honour my body.

So now I had this big ominous gap: no ankle boots! I had shoes, sandles, and boots with a high upper, but no ankle boots! What a dilemma! I immediately set out to buy a new perfect pair of ankle boots… but then I realized: what if I didn’t? What if I just made do with the footwear options I owned? Would that be so bad? I’ve looked at must-have lists like this one which is actually quite good, but now I’m abandoning the idea completely. I don’t HAVE to have ANYTHING. I can just enjoy what I own. That’s the true minimalist wardrobe: get rid of everything that hurts, looks bad, and doesn’t fit. Presto, minimalism! Done!

I think living in North American has taken me far away from the idea of making do with what I already own. Living in such a comfortable and rich country makes it far to easy to collect and check off the list of things I am supposed to have. But I’m going to try and do things a little differently. Embrace the gaps. Abolish the must-have list. Because everything I already own, really is enough.

My Favourite Capsule Wardrobes

Even though I have a capsule wardrobe, it’s not as pared-down as I’d like it to be. My three greatest sources of inspiration come from the following places:

1. Paris-to-Go 10-piece Wardrobe

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2. Save, Spend, Splurge Minimalist Wardrobes: 5 piece5-must-have-minimalist-pieces

…and 12 piece :

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3. The Uniform Project

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Honourable mention goes to into-mind, because she has many capsule wardrobe guides, but reminds us not to be so rigid and to have fun and enjoy!