Why makeup does not define you.

Makeup does not define meMakeup has always been a huge part of my life, there’s a reason I started this lifestyle and beauty blog and that was because of my love of makeup. But in recent times, it seems to have gone down in my list of priorities. I don’t know if that is to do with getting older, or just because I personally have other things that I want to spend my money on. What I have realised, especially over the Summer is that no matter how little or how much makeup I wear, nobody cares, and I shouldn’t either.

Sometimes it can feel like every single person in the world cares about what you look like, and they are judging you on your looks and your looks alone. This isn’t selfish or egotistical, it’s a thought that comes from social media and today’s culture. Some may even say its generational and that is the reason that millennials have so many anxiety issues. We are constantly provided with images of glamorous people, their makeup is done up so much that they’re practically ready for the catwalk or a film set and they portray that this is their life 24/7. But in actual fact, to the day to day person, this isn’t attainable. Not all of us have the time to sit in front of the mirror for hours on end every day and put lots of makeup on. I’d rather save this for when I am doing something out of the norm, make myself feel a little bit extra. This is okay!

makeup is not who i am

I’m not saying that I’ve fallen out of love with makeup, as a lifestyle and beauty blogger, of course, it is still going to be a huge part of my life. I love products, I love exploring new launches and I love experimenting with it. But I know that if I had to, I could live without it.

All I have done is changed the way I think about it, stopped caring and worrying about having days without it. I am comfortable in my own skin as I am. I know there will be days that I forget this, we all have them but just try and give yourself the affirmation that you are beautiful. Whatever you feel like wearing, how much makeup you put on, or even how your hair does not matter in the grand scheme of things.

As cliche as it may sound beauty isn’t just what is on the exterior, but it’s on the inside too. A beautiful person not only takes care of themselves but they look after others too, they are kind, driven and motivated. There are so many factors that to me make a person beautiful, not just their exterior.

Makeup does not define you, it doesn’t change who you are as a person, it can boost your confidence momentarily or for a set period of time, you can enjoy it, but do not let it become your existence. The more it becomes something that is just for fun, rather than a necessity the better. Learning to love having a makeup free or minimal makeup day was the best thing I did, once people see that you are happy then that is all that matters.

2018 seems to have been the year I have used to change my perspective on a lot of things, you can read about how I have stopped caring about worrying about ‘treating myself‘ and have been enjoying what I want to without worrying.


1 Comment

  1. 19th October 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I love this as it really echoes how I feel. I am getting on a bit now, I’m 32, and I think age plays a huge part in this. I feel better now with less heavy makeup than I did years ago! Thanks for sharing.

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