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!
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?