So today I thought I'd pose a question. A different kind of post, I know, but one that's being on my mind for a while.
Casting my mind back, although I've been interested in make-up for a long time, it's only in the past few years - since I started blogging, that I really started wearing it. I've always worn mascara/eyeliner (there was a terrible (goth) stage in my early teens where I wore too much eyeliner) but I never really bothered with anything else. While a lot of people at my school started slapping on foundation to cover their spots at the age of 13 or so, I never bothered. I was blessed with clear skin, so I never found a need for it. That continued until last year, and I'm not sure what changed.
I can understand why those might use it to cover skin blemishes - God knows I've tried every product under the sun to get rid of those unsightly purple circles under my eyes, but I also know that using make up is more likely to make skin blemishes worse. I'm always tempted to slap the concealer on every time I get a blemish, and sometimes I do, I need to get out of the habit of using products to hide my spots - considering that's what's probably caused them in the first place.
As I realised my make-up habits had grown in the past year, I started to wonder why this has happened. It didn't start off as a self-confidence thing, although I will admit that going out without make-up on does give me a horrible feeling I never used to have. I have, however, always found make-up application to be fun. I don't know why, but it's something I've always enjoyed - anybody else feel that way?
A terrible habit I have picked up is the necessity to wear make-up when leaving the house - and this is a habit a lot of us have. Why do we feel the need to wear make-up so much? I champion feminism and women's rights, yet I am too scared to let most people see me fresh faced - despite believing beauty comes in all sorts of ways. Even now, looking at the picture above, I can't see a massive difference in my skin, despite being covered in make-up on one half. All throughout my life, people have complimented my skin and how clear it is (usually.) So why do I still feel the need to wear so much make-up?
So, somewhere along the line, I stopped wearing make-up because it was fun, and started wearing it because I felt like I needed to.
I'm done with this view though. I plan on wearing no foundation/concealer/powder for at least the next week, regardless of what I'm doing. I'll still wear mascara/eyeliner/lipstick like I've always done, but I need to give my skin a break, before even more spots erupt over my face. I'll let you know how it goes.
I'm really interested to know why you think you wear make-up. Please tell me!