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.
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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