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Are You Addicted to Makeup?

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I know I am. Maybe not in an obvious way—you won’t see me wearing a full face of makeup at the gym, for example, or lipstick to take out the trash—but unless the house was burning down I wouldn’t leave it without at least a dab of under-eye concealer and swipe of blush (which also happens to be my gym-makeup routine). Even then I’d prefer to throw on some tinted moisturizer and eyeliner.

I’d say this qualifies as a dependency issue, albeit a mostly harmless one. According to a new study by Harris Interactive, I’m not alone. The results indicated that 44 percent of U.S. women have negative feelings about their image when not wearing makeup. The survey also revealed that 16 percent feel unattractive when they’re not wearing makeup and 14 percent feel self-conscious or naked without it.
As a beauty writer I’ve always extolled the power of makeup, to enhance your features and bring out your best. But when does makeup go from being a secret weapon to a security blanket? I’m certainly guilty of walking a fine line. On one hand, makeup gives me more confidence. On the other, my self-esteem is somewhat tied to how I look. I don’t feel horrible with a bare face (and my husband prefers me that way, bless his heart), but I certainly don’t feel like my best without makeup. I don’t think it’s a problem, per se, but definitely something I’m going to pay more attention to going forward. If I can’t be comfortable in my own (makeup-free) skin, how will I ever fully accept myself just the way I am? This calls for a national no-makeup day! Who’s with me? 

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