Makeup. It's a wonderful thing, and there are some truly wonderful things that can be done with it. It can transform anyone, from that ever-so-slightly dishevelled look when you first wake up, to looking flawless within minutes. It can hide our insecurities, both physical and emotional ones, that we may not be quite ready to share with the world just yet.
It can fill a girl with confidence. Confidence that they wouldn't otherwise have, and can quite honestly enhance your life, and enable us to go and grab the world with both hands. It's amazing the power that a little lipstick can have.
I don't want to take away anything of this in this post, this is not what I want this post to be about.
BUTTTTT (you knew that was coming, right?) I want to talk about not wearing makeup for a change.
You may have noticed that I don't really blog/tweet/instagram post much that is beauty related. Mostly because I'm pretty rubbish at it, and at nearly 21 years of age, had to ask Emma what primer actually does the other week. I know...
My morning routine (on the days that there actually is one) consists of concealer, eyeliner and a little bit of lipstick. My skin may be lucky enough to get the odd moisturise every once in a while too. But that's it.
I've never been one to really wear makeup. I was never one of those girls to wear it at school, and in fact, I think it took me until about 4th year to discover concealer and eyeliner. I didn't feel the need for it. I simply didn't see the point. And that hasn't changed too much.
There are a lot of days when I just don't or can't be bothered to wear the stuff. So I don't. I feel I'm lucky and I'm comfortable enough in my own skin to venture outside of the flat without it. I'll go shopping, see friends, and sometimes even go to work without any on if I'm having a particularly bad morning, and I've never thought anything of it.
A comment was made on one of these particular days. Someone was mortified that I'd even considered showing the world what actually, is me. This threw me. And, I'm not going to lie, made me extremely self-conscious for the rest of the day.
But then I got home, thought about it and spoke to a few people after considering to never do it again, and thought, why should I? Why should I wear makeup if I don't want to?
It's become the social 'norm' to wear makeup, with Instagram becoming ever more-so popular, and mobile apps like Afterlight and VSCO Cam enabling us to edit our faces on the go, I feel like there's even more pressure for us girls to look perfect and to resemble our edited selves, all the time.
But that's just not us. That's not who we are, and why should we hide all of our beautiful faces beneath layers of makeup, every day? I wish we could all just go out as fresh faced lovelies and not feel like we're going to be judged.
Here's the other thing that kinda bugs me; if a girl wears too much makeup, she's told how she doesn't need 'all that' and to tone it down. But don't wear any, and you're given tips on how you could look that little bit better.
Don't get me wrong, on the days I do wear makeup, I love it. I mention in most of my 'About Me's' that I have a slight obsession with red lipstick. And this is still true. I feel that makeup has become something that we are required to wear, not taking into account which version of ourselves we are happiest and most comfortable with.
How am I most happy and comfortable? It depends on the day. Put me in front of a client for the first time and I'm obviously going to reach for my makeup bag in the morning. But just going for coffee or spending all day in the office... maybe not so much.
Where do you guys fall on the makeup front? Do you wear a little? A lot? Every day, or none at all?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!