I have searched online and it seems like it's more of a challenge for women not to wear makeup to work at all. In my case, however, I'm used to leaving the house without any and I get scolded by my peers for doing so saying that I'm no longer in college and that I need to look more presentable. I started doing my brows since then and putting a little bit of gloss but that was it.
This time, I tried wearing makeup for 30 days and here's what I learned:
1. It takes time. A lot of time.
Normally I would choose sleeping in but these days, I have to wake - up at least 30 minutes earlier than usual or I will be late for work.
Make has several layers and they all need time to settle in your skin before putting on another layer of product.
2. It cost a lot.
I spent a lot more on makeup than what I would on a new pair of shoes for the month. I know it would last at least two months but I still find it expensive if I continue.
Primer: L.A. Girl HD Gel Primer, P369.00
Foundation: Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation, P499.00
Cushion: THEFACESHOP Natural Story Miracle Finish Long Lasting CC Cushion, P1.195
Concealer:Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, P199.00
Face Powder: Maybelline Face Powder P169.00 (Refill)
Eyebrow: BYS Brow Definition Kit, P399.00
Eyeliner: Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Eyeliner, P349.00
Mascara: BYS Waterproof Mascara, P369
Eyelash Curler: Marionnaud Eyelash Curler, P199.00
Eyeshadow: Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow, P550.00
Blush: Ever Bilena Blush, P110.00
Contour Stick: BYS Contour Stick, P299.00
Lipstick: L.A. Girl Creamy Matte Lipstick, P299.00
3. Everyday vs. Glam
I normally wear makeup only on formal events (glam makeup). After this experiment, I realized that on a daily basis, I don't need full coverage and an ombre eyeshadow or lips. I prefer to wear an everyday, natural makeup look which emphasizes a healthy looking glow. It takes less time and difficulty choosing an outfit as well.
Also, makeup don't change how you look. It simply enhances your features so don't expect too much base on what you see on "makeup transformation" videos.
4. Dressing up
You would want to dress up more when you feel pretty. Besides, it feels unnatural to wear a worn - out shirt and leggings with full makeup on. It doesn't go well together and it doesn't feel right.
5. People will notice the difference.
I get a lot of compliments about how healthy my skin looks, how my new lipstick suits me and all that. But because they got used to seeing you beautifully with makeup on, be prepared to get criticized when they see you with a bare face.
You will feel a temporary boost in confidence with all the compliments you received but it
eventually go once it stops coming because they got used to how you look.
7. It's addicting.
After a month of wearing makeup, it has turned into a habit so it became difficult to get it out of my system. I have also learned to love my skin looking flawless and air brushed that I didn't want to leave the house without it.
8. The importance of skin care.
Never sleep without removing your makeup and doing your skin care regimen. You layered a ton of chemicals on your face for at least 8 hours, in my case it's 12 hours, so be sure to do a deep cleanse to let your skin breathe and be pampered after a long day.
After a month of experimenting with makeup, I have loved myself more with it and even more without it. I look forward to adhering with my nighttime routine as well.
Will I continue wearing makeup on a daily basis?
Yes, I've established my go-to makeup which consist of Primer, Foundation/BB cream, brows and lipstick, just enough to enhance how I look. It's not as expensive as the one I originally listed so it's easier to maintain.
Then again, in the long run, I would still prefer to spend on skin care and maintenance than wearing makeup. I've got nothing against people who would choose otherwise. It's just that I find it less time consuming and more practical for someone like me who works as much as 12 hours a day.
What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comment section below.