Monday, 2 March 2015

To Cover Or Not To Cover: Should We Wear Makeup?

This is something that I feel very strongly about, I've always been a firm believer that we should only do what makes us comfortable in terms of hair, makeup and beauty. Half of the fun in it is figuring out what works, what doesn't and most importantly what YOU personally like. It's your own choice as to whether or not you wear makeup and you should never feel pressured into changing your image. 

In secondary school I was bullied quite a bit and some of the main comments that were thrown out there were to do with my appearance. "Why don't you wear makeup?" and "You should straighten your hair!" were things that some of my own friends actually said to me and to be honest, it irks me quite a bit now. At the time I wasn't bothered about my hair and I really wasn't comfortable wearing makeup so me being me, I just left everything the way it was and I felt uncomfortable for every second of it. If I could go back in time and tell my younger self just one thing it would be to feel comfortable in my own skin. 

Now I'm a but older I do actually wear makeup but I still don't wear it religiously and if I can't be bothered I just don't. I find that wearing makeup gives me that extra bit of confidence even when I've had a particularly annoying breakout (which I've just had). I've had my issues with it, I've gone out with bright blue eyeliner and pink lipstick as a look before and whilst I loved it at the time it's not something I'll EVER go back to. My go-to look is just general coverage, a bit of mascara and a neutral tone on my lips and I feel more "me" when I do it. I wear makeup for myself and no one else and that's the way it should be.

If you're a newbie to makeup and you feel particularly "lost" in terms of your personal look I would just say experiment with it and see what you like, just ignore what charts and bloggers say about colouring and discover what suits you for yourself rather than your friends, family or classmates/colleagues. If you literally just want to conceal blemishes and breakouts then I would without a doubt the Collection Concealer, it's an absolute favourite of mine and I actually need to buy a new one because I'm running low. As for foundation I would recommend the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation because it just brightens up your skin and can be applied very easily, it is different for everyone depending on skintone though so really you should just play around with it.

If you're uncomfortable in makeup and don't like to wear makeup then really all you have to do is take good care of your skin and it really won't be worth wearing makeup anyway. To ensure good skin just eat well, exercise, moisturise and keep hydrated. I really can't stress enough that you should be drinking something like eight glasses of water a day, it's anti-aging and keeps your skin bright and supple. If you live healthily then you'll reap the benefits, when I wasn't working I found that my skin was clearer and more fresh because I had the time to cook myself healthy meals and drink plenty of water, I even went through a weird fitness phase when I used to just pull up YouTube videos and do yoga everyday. I will be doing a post about healthy food for work at some point so hopefully that should help for anyone who is struggling to keep a healthy balanced diet with variety.

So to wrap up, there's no right or wrong. It's up to you whether or not you wear makeup and it's important to look after yourself because it just improves your all around complexion. I can't stress enough that you need to be comfortable in your own skin and stay true to your own personal image because if you're not comfortable with yourself it just really shows. 

2 comments:

  1. I choose to wear makeup for me when i choose not when others do, i actually prefer towear no maleup most days and only wear it for work purposes or going somewhere special, i think when i wear makeup it shows others how much of a change i can make with my appearance as most expect me in a plain no makeup look x

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    1. I'm comfortable either way but at work I like to wear makeup, I only really wear subtle makeup on an everyday basis anyway. x

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