It’s 7:30a.m. Monday morning. You have an economics class at 8am and you’re running late.Seeing that it is only economics at 8am on a Monday morning, you throw your hair up into a bun, throw on yesterday’s lazy Sunday sweats, and barely brush some translucent powder on your face just to take away the shine before it’s too late to make your class.
Once you arrive on campus, you see a group of “put together” classmates smoking their cigarettes and E-cigs at the designated smoking area. You can feel their eyes practically burning holes through your bare face as you walk briskly past the smoker’s shack. You can see them whisper amongst each other and overhear one of the girls saying to the others, “She could use some mascara.”
Well, at least I don’t look as bad as all of you with a butt in my hand, you think to yourself as you open the doors to what will start the longest hour of you life. If only you remembered your makeup bag so you could put your face on during that boring lecture on supply and demand.
Has this ever been you? Back in March, I posted a piece that ran in my school’s student newspaper that I wrote about how people treated me when I wore makeup vs. when I didn’t. You can read that article here.
Basically, what I found was that people were nicer to me when I wore makeup and that was just upsetting. As a woman living in the 21st century, I’d like to think that “looking your best” doesn’t have to mean a full face of make up. What I decided to do was go #AllNatural for most of my days. What you are about to read is what I have learned after about six months of barely ever wearing makeup.
- People Will Ask You If You’re Feeling Okay Or If You’re Sick. Get used to it for the first few weeks. People won’t understand that they are actually being very rude by saying that, but just remember, you are beautiful in your own skin – they just haven’t had a chance to see it yet.
- When You Do Wear Minimal Makeup For A Particular Event People Will Say You Look So Different. At first, I thought this was people’s way of telling me that I need to wear makeup more often. Truth is, who cares what they think!? If you are going to put makeup on for a nice dinner or a night out, it should be for you and not for others.
- You Start To Get Used To All The Extra Time You Have In The Mornings To Eat Breakfast. Since I’ve stopped wearing makeup for the most part, I really enjoy all of the extra time I have in my morning to eat breakfast, unload the dishwasher, and even fold the laundry. When I’m feeling really wild, I wait to pack my lunch in the morning too.
- You Start To Realize How Beautiful You Are WITHOUT Makeup. There are days when I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror just doing my thing and I stop to think, Damn, I look good today! Do you want to know something? There’s no shame in that! It actually makes you feel great and boosts your confidence!
- You Start To Suck At Putting On Eyeliner. At this point, you might start contemplating wearing the occasional eyeliner and mascara combo just so you don’t loose your application skills. Let’s be real, a cat eye takes practically all of your high school career to master (if not longer), and you know what they say; if you don’t use it, you loose it.
- Mascara And A Nude Lip Becomes Your Makeup Of Choice For Any Special Event. By now you feel most comfortable looking very natural and you really simply want to accentuate your eyes and lips – not wear a whole new face.
- When You Do Wear A Full Face Of Makeup You Don’t Recognize Yourself. Basically, you think you look like a mutant because you are so used to seeing yourself all natural.
- You Realize That True Beauty Can’t Be Washed Off At The End Of The Day. While you may still find it fun to play around with different makeup looks and styles, you know that deep down, makeup doesn’t make you beautiful. That’s why you are okay with wearing it sometimes or not wearing it at all.
Bottom line is, you should never let anyone make you feel like you are not beautiful without makeup. Those girls in the butt hut can kiss yours because you know a little insider tip – underneath it all lies a beauty in everyone that can’t be washed off!
And there you have it, folks! Eight things that happen when you stop wearing makeup. I challenge you all to be your beautiful self whether that means wearing makeup or not.