Despite falling in love with the world of Beauty at a young age I never once assessed myself on whether I felt attractive or unattractive, I just wasn’t bothered. I can see that in present time pre-teens and teenagers seem to have a lot more pressure from fellow peers and not to mention contouring perfect tutorials and widespread plastic surgery. I am not saying make-up is bad, make-up is a great way of expressing yourself and also making you feel good, but I have noticed a demanding pressure to push the limits of beauty standards. I feel like we have advanced so much technologically, dipped back and forth with trends and completely explored body modification; instead of wanting to be part of that I want to take a step back and actually detach myself from the norms. For years I have yo-yo’d between weight, felt the pressure of having to camouflage and sculpt my face, and actually spent too many hours crying over a longing for surgery on too many parts of my body.
My recent inspiration has come from a variety of women who embrace their natural face and focus on a vigorous skincare routine. This is exactly what I am veering towards, in the past instead of opting for prevention I would choose cure. I would not allow my skin to breathe, not moisturise in fear of worsening my skin and then as soon as blemishes attacked I would then tackle the problem. I am not proposing everyday I will go barefaced, but I want make-up to be used as a rarity, one that when I put it on I feel comfortable for a meal or an occasion, but during the week I want to banish it, and if my skin is feeling super sad then just add my favourite ‘Jackie Oates’ to even the tone out.
Do you ever go make-up free?