Why I Don’t Wear Makeup

Note: I want to point out that this whole post is the reasons I’ve decided to not wear makeup. I’m not trying to convince you to not wear it, nor am I expecting you to agree with my reasons. In fact, I would love to start a conversation with you about why you do wear makeup because some of my reasons could very well be wrong, and I’m open to that. But since I’ve had people ask me why I don’t, I wanted to lay it all out here. 

Recently I decided to go completely makeup-free.

A picture of me without makeup, taken today.

As it is, I barely wear makeup. The last time I had it on my face was for my headshot photos back in November, and even then I was only wearing a little foundation, blush, and mascara. Not enough to be noticeable in the photos, but enough that it covered any scars and the most recent pimple that had cropped up on my chin. 

But now I’ve decided that I don’t want to wear makeup at all. Here are the reasons that led to this decision.

It is way too expensive.

The beauty e-retailer SkinStore did a survey on 3,000 women to see how much they spent on makeup. They discovered that the average woman spends over $300,000 on makeup in her life. $300,000. That’s enough to buy a house! And yeah, that’s not all at the same time. But on average, a woman walks around with $8 worth of makeup on her face on any given day.

I have no interest in spending this much money on simply making myself look prettier. 

I don’t want my confidence to be based on looks alone.

One of the things I’ve heard from girls about why they wear makeup is because it makes them feel confident. “I can’t walk out of the house without makeup on!” 

Why would you want to live like this? I want to be confident in my own skin. I want to feel like I’m pretty, no matter what I do to make myself look nicer. Yes, I do try to make myself look prettier by wearing better fitting clothes, having a good haircut that’s styled and doesn’t look like I just rolled out of bed. But I can still feel beautiful without all those things.
How is wearing makeup any different than those two things I’ve mentioned? Well, it isn’t really, not in essence. But I’ve never heard a woman tell me she doesn’t feel confident unless she’s wearing a skirt or a nice fitting shirt. I’ve never even heard a woman say she doesn’t feel confident unless she’s done her hair up nice. 

How a woman styles her hair and wears her clothes doesn’t become what makes her confident. And yet makeup has become that. Why?

I have to focus on being healthy and getting to the root of the source.

What causes acne?

In a very basic sense, hormones.

As we all know, with the raging hormones of puberty, your face is prone to breakout. But also, for us girls, during or around the time of our periods can cause breakouts. Stress can lead to it, and also eating unhealthy (for some people). A lot of things can cause it, but it’s basically whenever there is a hormonal imbalance in our bodies.

I have found that if I eat a lot of sugar, my face is prone to breakout. If I eat a lot of white, processed flours, it will also breakout. Sometimes even large amounts of chocolate — even dark chocolate — can do it for me (which is incredibly sad).

So because I’ve decided against makeup and can’t cover these breakouts, that means I have to pay closer attention to what I’m eating at all times. I’m grateful for this though because I’m getting to the root of the problem: what is actually causing my acne. Instead of covering it up, I can avoid getting it all together. That makes it worth it to me.

It’s time-consuming and doesn’t last anyway.

Yes, once you perfect the art of applying all this makeup to your skin, it becomes much easier to deal with, and you can even do the basics in five minutes.

I’ll be honest: I don’t want to spend that much time. I’m a very minimalistic person, and would rather focus on work than making sure my appearance is always up to par. 

So maybe you think spending five minutes in the morning to add some extra flare is worth it. Kudos to you. Personally, I don’t want to spend the time it takes to get to that point. I’m already perfectly confident in my bare skin and don’t care to cover up my scars anyway. They don’t bother me; why should I cover up? 

Also, even if you’re at the point where you can do it in five minutes, you have to spend the rest of the day being aware of the fact that you are wearing makeup, and making sure you don’t accidentally touch your face a bunch or smear your lipstick when you eat. Because if you do, you have to reapply it all over again. I just don’t see that as worth it.

It’s not good for you.

What are all the mysterious ingredients in makeup? What exactly is it made out of? Even if you buy brands that showcase all of the ingredients and you know exactly what you’re putting on your face — all that makeup can still clog up your pores, causing more blackheads. You put on makeup, it covers up the pimples. The makeup causes more pimples, which means you have to put more makeup on again to cover up more. It’s a catch-22 situation.

This is my last reason because it’s not as strong as the others. As the dangers of the ingredients in makeup have been coming out more, brands have started offering options that are good for you. There are makeups out that are non-comedogenic — meaning it doesn’t clog up your pores — and natural brands that contain all kinds of ingredients that are not as bad for you. So there is the option of getting makeup that’s healthy. However, those tend to be more expensive, so I return back to all my other reasons for not wearing makeup. 

I’d rather avoid the situation altogether.

Me, happy about my makeup-free life. 🙂 

So, there you have it: All the reasons why I’ve decided against wearing makeup. Like I said at the beginning, I’m not trying to convince anyone of my opinion; I just want people to consider the reasons they do wear makeup. Since makeup is such a thing that’s acceptable, I want to start a dialogue about it. Do you do it because you’re not confident without it? Or just because you like the way it feels, looks, etc.? Do you feel like you have to?

My mom has gone her whole life without wearing makeup; she didn’t even wear it on her wedding day. She has some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen. She focuses a lot on what she eats and is always making sure the products she does use are good for her. Never in my life have I considered for a second that she would look better with makeup.

And I think that’s pretty amazing.  

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