In our society we do a lot of things that aren't really necessary. Driving a brand new car, wearing name brand clothing, buying the newest gadget or toy, shaving, and WEARING MAKE-UP. But guess what? You don't have to. You don't have to wear make-up. You really don't!
Trust me. I stopped wearing make-up about two and a half years ago. It's scary. It's liberating. It's empowering. This all started when I began learning and understanding what kind of chemicals are put into the "beauty" products we use each day. Lists a mile long of words nobody can pronounce. And we are smothering our skin with it multiple times a day. As you know, our skin is the biggest organ. So WHY are we doing this? But let's get this straight, I'm not here to shame anyone into feeling bad about wearing make-up or to throw guilt around--just offering up my experience to say-you don't have to.
I wasn't ever really one to wear a ton of make-up in the first place. I wasn't/I'm not much of a girly-girl but I did think that wearing make-up was something I had to do in order to look presentable. It was part of my daily routine and something I never really thought about getting rid of. Well, then we had our first daughter. That was when my family started re-thinking the things we were using throughout our home. My make-up and other bath products were on the list of things to dig into. I started with deodorant and learned how to make my own. I tried making my own powder foundation out of cocoa powder and a mix of other natural ingredients. I never could get the formula just right. I did successfully make a blush out of beet powder, though! However cool that may be, it takes time to make your own. And like I said, I had a baby to take care of. So then my journey led me on the search for a make-up brand that was more natural. I found a few but SHEESH, they were a little pricey for my budget.
And I decided to just say--f**k it. I wasn't giving up on making myself presentable each day, I was just giving up on feeling like I HAD to wear make-up for others to think so. Nobody should feel pressured to do something because of being afraid of what others may think. When I did this--it was GREAT! I didn't have to waste 10-20 minutes each morning worrying about perfecting my eyeliner or mascara. I saved a ton of money by not buying make-up every other month or so. And I didn't have to wipe the crap off every night just to start all over again the next day. I realized that my face is fine the way it is. And now it's even better off because there is NOTHING on my skin except skin. I had one person come up to me and say something about my lack of make-up, and that only fueled my fire. Shut it lady, who cares?!
I hope my daughters see me and choose to be brave. I hope they go out and show their faces to the world. My dad has always told me, my sister, and my mom that we look better without make-up. I think, maybe, he is right.
We have a new motto in our house-"you do you". So, whether you chose to wear make-up or not, you do you!
Be a beautiful person, be a kind soul.
(And for those of you who may have been wondering--now you know the story behind my make-up-less face)