Monday, 10 September 2012


why do you wear makeup?


Thoughts on Makeup

I saw this tag go around on Youtube a bit after Sammi & Louise did a video on it. So I thought I'd post my thoughts on basic jist tag and then I sort of went off on a tangent! It's basically about your makeup history and how you feel about it!

I started wearing makeup when I was around 14, not religiously but on the odd occasion. I remember buying a few bits and pieces from Boots whenever I had a few pennies but nothing much. I used to wear quite heavy thick black eye makeup when I was around 15, but not really much on the skin as I was lucky and had good skin when I was a teenager. Although used to religiously use Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse if I did! The though of using that now makes me cringe! I started caring a little more about brands and cosmetics as I went into college as I had a job and a more money to spend on cosmetics. Then joining the community obviously played a bit part in becoming a huge consumer of cosmetics and beauty. I think when your around people who look amazing you naturally want to know what products they use to try and capture some of their looks. In my experience most things don't work for me, we are all different therefore I do really take everything I read online about beauty with a pinch of salt, but that doesn't stop me spending hundreds if not thousands on beauty each year.

In the last 3 or so months I've cut the makeup I wear in half. Despite this I've found people seem to comment more on the fact I wear too much makeup despite wearing a hell of a lot less than I used to. Although this is mainly on the internet, as if they'd say it in real life though and I'm gonna be honest here... I don't really look the same without makeup. I look like me, but just not the long lashed, winged liner, heavy brow person I normally am! I genuinely don't feel I look like myself without my signature "look".

I wear makeup pretty much everyday and I hate that I have to apologise for doing that. I don't ostracise people who choose not to wear makeup by saying they should wear more. Mainly because thats just really unnesscery and the bottom line its offensive. So I find it incredibly strange when people are put down for wearing makeup. I wear a make most days, I blog almost everyday so it's just a case of having to put it on. Although I don't wear makeup at home all the time and I'm not so obsessed with it to the point that I won't leave the house without it. But I just prefer spending that 10 or so minutes making myself look and feel better. I don't use it as a "mask", but it's hard to explain how I feel about it without sounding like I'm unhappy with the way I look without it because I'm not at all. I just think what I look like with makeup is what I "look like" not the fresh faced person I wake up as.

The bottom line is I wear makeup because I love it. I find it interesting and engaging and that never ending search for the Holy Grail items excites me. The thing about the beauty industry is that it's infinite, it's constantly changing and adapting and this is what draws me in so much. I love trying new products and testing things out. I might end up with 20 odd foundations and I know I'll want to move onto another one in a few months time but this really makes me excited!

43 comments:

  1. This is a great post! It is good to reflect on why you wear make-up. I have recently cut down as well and only wear concealer now as opposed to foundation!
    I remember wearing Dream Matte Mousse when I was 13/14 as well ... it is the worst product ever! Haha.
    xxx

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  2. Well said! Makeup is fun for me, and no one should apologize for having fun!

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  3. I don't see why you should apologise for wearing make up. And maybe there isn't any reason for analysing it. You just like make up.
    I feel better with make up on, and more dressed up especially if it's for a night out. However I don't wear it for walking the dogs or mooching around the house.
    If what you feel comfortable doing, no one should be the one to tell you otherwise. Your face, your choice.
    x

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  4. Oh my god I totally agree! When I haven't worn make up for a few days and put it on I feel like myself again! It is really hard to explain it without sounding like you hate yourself without make up.. I totally get you! :)

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  5. Personally looking at your face I can tell your not wearing a lot but lighting/camera flash/etc. all add different illusions because in some recent posts you look like you're wearing a lot one day and the next barely any.

    Just so you know you spelt unnecessary wrong in the third paragraph :)

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  6. My friend, who only ever wears minimal make up on nights out, and not during the day, once said to me it's like lying about who you are. Which I found offensive. I don't wear makeup a lot, Il go some days without bothering, but at the same time, if I had somewhere to be with lots of people, even if it was just a lecture, I prefer wearing make-up and I think of it as just a part of your overall "look", make-up as just a part of getting dressed, like adding an accessory. I think it's wrong to judge people for wearing make-up. Nice clothes make you feel better just as nice make-up does, so if their logic is right then they should walk around, well, as naked at their face is. If anything make-up is expressing who you are, you shouldn't be defined by how good your skin is or how long your eyelashes are naturally.




    - ordaining serendipity

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    1. that's a great way of thinking about makeup- an accessory! so not necessarily needed everyday, but fun to put on and can be used to create a 'look'.

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  7. I see makeup as a way of bettering what I have. Let's face it everyone wears makeup, I probably wear more than a lot of other people, it's down to persona preference. I can relate to the dream matte mousse, what a terrible thing it was a well haha! Make up is something I enjoy, and you do too, so we shouldn't have to justify why we wear it! I don't feel I look like the 'me' people see day-to-day outside of my family unless I wear makeup. That's just the way it is!

    Robyn Mayday
    xx

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  8. Aw, I used to wear dream matte mousse too! I thought I was so cool! I am the same as you, I discovered the Benefit counter at 16 and always saved up and bought from there as I liked having something no one else really did!! Now I indulge in make-up. I would say I wear a quite a lot of make-up[ but also find myself feeling almost guilty, I wear it pretty much every day because not only is it part of my routine and because I like it and am more comfortable. But I dont hide behind it, I wear it to work, but If I was lounging round the house or popping to the corner shop I wouldnt bother. I to have felt ostracised and people make out I have self esteem issue when in all fairness it's none of their business, nor does it affect them, I wear make-up for me, and because I enjoy make-up. Not for others. Well said Lily!

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  9. I wear makeup every day, I also get the feeling I should apologise for that? I dont see why I should! I enjoy makeup, I like the feeling it gives me when I wear it, I like making the most of my skin.

    www.betsyboat.com

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  10. completely agreed! makeup for me isn't a mask, I just feel better when I do wear it and I enjoy it!
    xx

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  11. I think this a really good post, and it really got me thinking. Unfortunately, I do wear makeup as a bit of a mask as my self esteem is really low. But I'm still at that stage where if I wear just eyeliner and a bit of foundation I feel brave! I do think that you shouldn't be judged either way as for some people it's just an extension of their personality and a way to express their selves.

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  12. Love this post! I don't wear a loads of make up but still feel so much more comfortable and confident in myself knowing that I've got it on, and I hate that people feel like they can judge people for wearing it. Like you said, it's just another part of a persons look, as much as the clothes that they wear and the way they style their hair! Xx

    www.faeleonie.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. i think it's so cool that you have your signature look. and to me it sounds like your make-up is also a major part of your style!

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  14. You know, I've always felt I'm judged working in Physiotherapy wearing make up. I hate sport but just about every other Physiotherapist loves it, and doesn't really wear make up. I'm curvy and I wear make up, and because of that I apparently don't fit the 'stereotypical' look for a Physiotherapist - THAT drives me mad.

    Will my patients trust me less because I wear make up? Hmm.


    fridayisforeverblog.com x

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  15. This is so similar to my 'make up story' haha! I personally don't think you wear much makeup, especially compared to those hideous orange wotsits with terrible application skills... Since I got in to blogging I've really got in to make-up, but I'm mostly an eyes/lips girl because I'm super lucky with my skin now.

    Charlotte xo
    www.coloursandcarousels.com

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  16. I loved this tag when Louise and Sammi did it, I thought it was really interesting. I wear make-up because I have problem skin, I always have done since I was around the age of 13-14. I didnt start wearing makeup until about 14, because my mum thought it was still to young, and I am thankful for that really. Some young girls apply far too much and my mum tried to stop me from growing up to fast. I began wearing it to try and hide my spots and blemishes, just a thin layer and if one day I was running late and didnt put it on, it didnt matter. As I have got older, I am still the same, I just gives me more confidence. I know people may think thats shallow, but those tend to be the people who have flawless skin and dont need to wear make-up to feel that little bit more confident. I think that as a girl, we should all experiement and play with makeup, find what we like, find what we dont like and feel confident in ourselves no matter how much or how little we wear!

    Sorry for such a long rambly comment! haha :) I always think your make-up looks lovely!

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  17. I couldn't agree more! I don't particularly wear alot of make-up, even when I go out at the weekend. However sometimes I like to put a little on just to brighten myself up. With that said I can go days without wearing any at all, but I do agree with you that it's personal choice whether you wear it or you don't.

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  18. I used to use dream matte mousse too hahaha! Xx

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  19. You are a gorgeous girl, why shouldn't you wear make up to emphasise the features you were blessed with?! I love make up, I love buying it, wearing it and looking at it on other people! I really don't find the "au-naturel" look attractive! The people who have a go about the "amount of makeup" you wear are just jealous trolls.

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  20. Love this post!! Thats totally how I feel about make-up but get judged all the time for looking too made up (not that I even wear that much) and teased for my blog! just makes me feel abit better about myself and ready to face the day! I love make-up and enjoy experimenting with it and finding new products :) xx Judith - judithallthingsbeauty.blogspot.co.uk x

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  21. Am I the only one that doesn't understand why people are making fun of Dream Matte Mousse? I'm 18 and still wear it because it's the only thing that makes my skin look half decent..
    Apart from that, nice post. I always get judged for wearing too much makeup, when I actually don't even wear much at all anymore! I don't see the problem in emphasizing your features :) xxx

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  22. will definitly do something similar to this post on my blog... i think its such an interesting read!
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  23. love this post and I totally agree with you!! I love your outfit here aswell!

    http://whatalicedidtoday.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. i really dont think you wear too much makeup, i love how you do your makeup! i'm 14 and wear makeup everyday i leave the house, only a little bit though, it really boosts my confidence :D i really dont think you need to apoligise for wearing makeup everyday :D xo

    vintage-teapot.blogspot.ie

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  25. Love this post, I think its amazing you've got a signature look too! I do love your winged eyes & full eyelashes! xxx

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  26. I'm pretty sure everyone used to wear the infamous Dream Matte Mousse at one stage or another! I used to think it was amazing *cringe*
    I loved reading this post as I can relate to a lot of the things you said. Although I don't mind myself bare faced I just feel more 'me' if I'm wearing makeup.
    There is nothing more annoying than those people who judge girls based on how much makeup they wear - its personal preference and like you said, you wouldn't tell somebody they needed to put some makeup on if they choose not to wear any.
    PS - I don't think you wear too much AT ALL - you look gorgeous! :)

    Kayleigh
    xxx.

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  27. This was a great post! Inspired me to write one myself and hopefully I'll post it on my blog soon. Well said, girl!

    vintagemachine.blogspot.com

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  28. I love this tag after seeing Sammi and Louise's video, it's interesting to hear why different people wear makeup as it isn't really something that's discussed very often x

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  29. Great post. I do find people often make little jabs at others for wearing "too much" makeup and then they can hide behind saying it's a compliment when someone takes offence.

    It doesn't affect anyone else how much makeup you do or don't wear so I think it's unfair for people to tell you you're doing something wrong. It's entirely up to you. :)

    I wear makeup nearly every time I leave the house, at the moment moreso because my skin isn't too great, but also like you said, with no makeup I don't really feel like me. I at least need some eyeliner and filled in brows!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  30. I often find myself stuck between two sides of the makeup world. If I choose to wear makeup I usually go all out, a full face (false lashes and all) and I love being able to dress up like that. But when I am at home or running out to the store, I have no problem being absolutely bare faced. The conflict emerges when I make my Youtube videos, do I go on with my full face or do I got au natural? I've been criticized either way so really you can never please everybody.

    http://www.pbunniep.com

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  31. I find it exciting as well, I actually enjoy putting my make up on and don't find it a chore. I like the way I look with make up on and I like experimenting and trying different eye shadows etc xx

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  32. I really agree with you here. I hate being hated for wearing make up, I like to wear it, it's my face, I can do what I like with it. I don't feel like it's hiding behind a mask. I don't feel ready to leave the house until I've gone through my morning make up routine, it's nothing excessive but it's just a part of my day - like choosing an outfit or doing my hair. xoxo

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  33. i love make up,and enjoyed make experiment makeup,and i feel better after wearing makeup

    XOXO

    http://leeviahan.blogspot.com

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  34. I definitely agree with everything you said.. I shouldn't be criticized for participating in doing something I enjoy and that makes me happy. I like makeup! It makes me happy! Same goes for shopping and clothes... It's not an unhealthy habit, so I don't really understand why it matters to anyone else. It's my money and I can spend it how I wish, I guess! Thanks for the post. x
    blondeblair.blogspot.com

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  35. I'm really glad you posted about this, I hate being made to feel bad for enjoying makeup 'too much' and this post really inspired me to blog about my own personal makeup experience. I used to be one of those that would use makeup as a mask, as a cover up and now I use it to enhance myself and I love my staple red lip. My friend Rachel actually made a youtube video which has become very popular about this exact same subject ranting against those who say Girls shouldn't wear makeup (sparked off my the One Direction line 'you don't need makeup to cover up') which I think you might enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lymcGGS778w - Thanks again for sharing this as I didn't really have the guts to post about similar issues regarding this for myself as I found it rather personal. I love your trademark filled in brows and although I'm sure you look just as stunning fresh faced I see what you mean about not quite feeling 'you'. Messing about with different makeup looks can be just as fun as trying out different clothing styles and showcasing different representations of yourself, so why stop! :) www.ohlittlered.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  36. This is exactly how I feel about wearing make up. Thank you for putting it into words haha xo

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  37. You really shouldn't have to apologize for something to trivial as makeup when there are bigger things for others to worry about. Makeup makes you happy, which is why you should use it. It's like art everyday, painting your face a certain way with your face the canvas.
    People who continue to drag you down about wearing makeup should probably consider why they even care what you do to yourself, jealousy perhaps?
    x

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  38. That's so funny, I was literally thinking about the days I used to live in Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse earlier and was so disgusted I chucked it in my 'products I'm not loving' post (http://www.bylara.co.uk/products-im-not-loving/) – hardly current, but people still wear it and it's such a bad product! What were we thinking?!

    Completely agree with you about the whole how much make-up you wear thing. Why people think they have the right to pass judgement is beyond me!

    I really enjoy reading your blog, thanks! Xx

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  39. I loved how honest you were in this post. I think its awful that we feel like we have to appologise for wearing make up on a daily basis. I feel like you, I wear makeup in order to feel pulled together and myself. It's not a mask but it makes me feel better and more confident. You look stunning in your blogposts & I don't think you should ever change no matter what anyone says!

    I really enjoy your blog!

    Abi x

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  40. This one is really very interesting. Love the pics :)

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