I don’t know if it’s laziness (very probable) or getting older (also very likely) but I’ve really embraced minimal makeup in the last six months. Gone are the days where I would reach for liquid liner, never leave house without lipstick and could hit pan on powder within weeks…
Honestly, I’ve never really felt like I suit a lot of makeup. Dark colours and liner look a little harsh on me, and my eyes are quite sensitive to pencils so that alone was rather off-putting!
I think all those times I put on my lazy makeup kind of morphed in to one, and before I knew it that was just how I did my makeup now…
One day earlier this year, I had a bad breakout and I was slathering on foundation to cover my bad skin – a combination of fresh, hormonal acne and the red, angry scars they leave behind, so gorge – and I realised that I was making it worse.
Thick layers of foundation, concealer and powder were masking my skin completely and even drawing attention to the area!
When it comes to foundation, less is definitely more!
I realised that a more natural base looks fresh and glowy, and it blurs the imperfections in a way that foundation just doesn’t. Very few people have truly amazing skin, so I’ve learnt to just get over it and accept that yeah, I haven’t been a teenager in almost 10 years but yes I still have spots.
Nowadays I go easy on the base, but I like to layer up a few quick products to ensure my skin is prepped to perfection. I use a good, hydrating moisturiser, a balm for extra nourishment, an SPF and a smoothing primer too on occasion. All in small amounts, so it never feels heavy or too much, but it makes such a difference to the overall look of my skin!
Then I go in with a small amount of foundation and buff it in well until it looks super natural, and add a touch of concealer if I think I really need it.
I still feel like I get my makeup fix because I experiment more but with less products – I switch up my powder highlight for liquid, or opt for a cream if I’m feeling fruity. I keep less products on hand too, because I feel like it allows me to get ready quicker without all the distractions.
I also find I’m rotating my products more, because I’ve got a little extra time and I know exactly how I like my makeup so I can be a bit more adventurous in other ways.
I really don’t feel myself unless I have my brows done, but I’ve worked with this by getting them waxed and tinted regularly. It took me a while but I found a girl who knows brows and she does mine perfectly every time, which means I never have to do much to ’em!
Since embracing the less is more look, I’ve definitely enjoyed the time I spend doing my makeup a lot more – gone are the days where it was a chore to paint my face!
What do you think of embracing minimal makeup?