How To Minimize Your Makeup Routine
I am not a morning person. That being said, with my new job came new early hours, and lately I have been questioning the time spent on my makeup routine. Do I sleep an extra 20 minutes, and risk being told how tired I look by the many men I encounter who think this is an acceptable way to start a conversation? Or do I grudgingly drag myself out of bed to make sure I can put on a full face so that I don’t “look” tired, but spend the day actually tired, and reminiscing about the 20 extra minutes of beauty sleep I could have had?
I started thinking about this dilemma A LOT! When I see my makeup free face, I don’t feel that I look so tired. And I can’t remember when it happened that makeup went from being something I did because it was fun and I enjoyed it, to something that was a chore I could not leave home without completing lest I look like a swamp monster who couldn’t be bothered to put herself together for the day. At some point, I allowed makeup to make up my outward identity. People had become so accustomed to seeing me a certain way, that when I stripped away that outer layer- that perfectly even skin tone, bright-eyed, long lashed look- I all of a sudden didn’t look like me anymore.
Enter: Alicia Keys! I remembered reading years ago that she swore off all makeup, and as far as I can recall, I don’t remember seeing her looking anything less than radiant. In an essay, “Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover,” she wrote about her reasons why, and taking control back over her life! Although it seems that she has since started bringing makeup back, I realized that I want to get to this point again. Where makeup is fun, but not a requirement.
Though I am just starting on this journey, there are definitely still some steps I need to maintain my high polish look (and also some tasks I need to start doing).
Smooth, radiant skin is definitely my priority, so keeping my face fuzz free and exfoliated are a must. I don’t like to be too fussy with my brows, but No Mo-Unibrow Portable Face Wax Kit makes sure that I keep my low maintenance brows polished. I also use the No Mo-Stache to keep my lip fuzz free.
I like to exfoliate once a week with Kate Sommerville Exfolikate- one of my favorite Ulta Beauty finds! This keeps my skin feeling extra clean and fresh while fighting a dull complexion.
Eating right, and avoiding too much sugar has also left my skin feeling brighter these days, but to be real, I am going to have to work a lot harder in this regard to get to that perfect no makeup glow I am after.
Finally, regular facial treatments is something that should be a priority for everyone. Getting a custom facial for your skin type is going to key in maintaining makeup free skin. While it was something I considered a special treat previously, now that I no longer plan to purchase the most expensive makeup I can find to work with my skin problems, I can reallocate the funds to take care of my skin. Microdermabrasion facials at The Beauty Stripare usually my go-to for days my skin needs a pick-me-up! I think I will work my way through the facial menu, and see what else suits my style.
I will keep you all updated on my skin perfecting journey, but if you have any tried and true tips and tricks that you use to go makeup free, holler at me in the comments below!
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