Busting the makeup myth?

Busting the makeup myth?

I wear makeup almost everyday. I didn’t always: I’ve worn lipstick since high school, and added a little eye makeup in my twenties, but I didn’t wear it much.

My 29th birthday was the turning point, when my makeup use went from sometimes to everyday. 29 was a traumatic birthday for me. I had had my 3rd baby just two weeks before my birthday, I was exhausted, and I looked it. Mascara helped me at least look awake, and I’ve been wearing it nearly everyday since.

I thought I was in the solid majority with my everyday makeup habit, but I saw some interesting links on the internet last week that made me wonder how many women really do wear makeup regularly. When I polled you on the MMD Facebook page about your makeup habits, I was surprised by the results:

The Answers: Almost Always: 15 | Sometimes: 18 | Everyday:11 | Never or Almost Never: 14 | Just Concealer: 1

It turns out, those of us who wear makeup nearly everyday are in the minority, at least according to this unscientific Facebook poll. I’m curious to hear more about your makeup habits, and today I’ll get the ball rolling by sharing mine. Here’s what’s in my makeup bag. This is the stuff I wear everyday, and it takes me about 5 minutes to put on each morning:

  • Clinique lipstick in Tenderheart, my very favorite neutral lipstick. (I also carry a tube of Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick in my purse, which runs a close second.) Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Honeystick works with both shades.
  • Lancome eye liner in Black Coffee.
  • Clinique eye shadow/blush, because I am a Bonus Time junkie.
  • Clinique mascara, another Bonus Time goodie.
  • I wear a touch of drugstore powdered foundation three seasons of the year, but never in the summer, so I don’t have any to show you.

busting the makeup myth

So, that’s what I do. How about you?

For further reading:

Fresh-Faced for 40 Days: Because You Should Love What You Look Like Naked | Melissa Jenna

Faith, Ethics, and Work: What Does Success Really Look Like | Faith Permeating Life

I Don’t Wear Makeup | The Earthling’s Handbook

Do you wear makeup regularly? Why or why not?

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74 comments

  1. Natasha says:

    When I was active duty Air Force I rarely wore makeup. But since I’ve separated from the military I wear it more often. I “go naked” around the house, and put a little on when I go places. I only apply full war paint when I’m going on a date. Or going to war 😉

  2. Rebecca says:

    I’m an everyday gal 🙂 My skin is fair, and I have white blonde eyebrows and eyelashes, so I use makeup to even out my skin tone and add a little contrast.

    My fav products:
    Everyday minerals matte foundation gives full coverage (fair skin tends to be blotchy) and goes on in 30 seconds with a big Kabuki brush. Their prices are a fraction of the more popular mineral makeups on the market AND are silky smooth.

    Adorned with Grace mineral makeup is my absolute favorite product line. Their “Genuine” eyeshadow is the perfect color to darken my brows and line and contour my eyes. I use the bright gold “Candid” to put a little color on my lid right above my iris. That little punch of gold is a trick I learned to “wake up” eyes, and works wonders.

    I use Clinique Tenderheart lipstick as both creme blush and in the crease of my eyelids. . .a little weird, but it works!

    • Anne says:

      I’ve definitely used lipstick as cream blush (but never in my eyelids). I thought it worked great, but oddly enough I stopped when I read that was a professional move, and amateurs often had terrible results! I thought my results were good, but it was easy to doubt myself after reading that. That being said, I still use that method for travel, because it’s so easy to pack just one tube for multiple purposes.

  3. I’m in the “moderate makeup” category – I wear concealer under my eyes (and on blemishes) every day. (I look quite tired without it.) I usually wear shadow and eyeliner, but almost never blush (I have naturally pink cheeks) or foundation (I hate the sticky/orange/too-made-up look). And I love me some lip gloss, but that’s partly due to hating chapped lips.

  4. Leanne Penny says:

    My makeup Habits always seem connected to my mood, if I’m feeling cute, then I do a little bit of my face.

    It’s usually a powder mineral foundation, kohl pencil liner, 2 eye shadows and mascara. Apply shimmery lip gloss as needed per outfit colors.

    I use almost all Mary Kay stuff bc my BFF is a mary kay director and I’m supportive of her passions as she is of mine. She reads my blog, I use her makeup. We love well 😉

  5. I go back and forth with my makeup habits between wearing it nearly every day (except if I’m working hard outside, for example) and only putting it on for worship or other dressy occasions. That’s probably confusing for all of the people who see me regularly!)

    Why? I’m not sure. It probably involves laziness v. motivation and possibly ambivalent feelings about how much beauty should be a concern of mine. I don’t know the answer for this 45 year-old: some of the most beautiful women I know are elderly and never give a thought to makeup. Some of the most ridiculous-looking women I’ve seen would never be caught dead in public without full makeup. Plenty of perfectly nice-looking women are somewhere in the middle.

  6. CB says:

    My daily routine is very simple- a neutral eye shadow (Jest from Mac), black eyeliner (I use powder – carbon from Mac) and chap stick (I like the blistex stuff that comes in a pot, or Vaseline). Less than 2 minutes and finished!

    To keep my eyeshadow on during the day I do one of two things:

    – I use the oil cleansing method to clean my skin (it’s awesome). If I’ve done the oil thing in the morning I use a little bit of translucent powder on my eyelids before the eye shadow. Otherwise I find my liner runs a little during the day.
    – If I did the oil cleansing the night before, I use a primer underneath…but learned a trick from a makeup artist. Instead of buying expensive primer I buy a product called Monistat Chafing Gel (you can get it at Target). It’s meant for thigh chafing but makes excellent primer…for $6 instead of $30!

    I might wear more makeup than this for a night out or a special occasion and in the winter sometimes I use a little bronzer.

  7. 'Becca says:

    Thanks for linking! I’ve been surprised at the popularity of my article–apparently a lot of people are interested in the topic of makeup vs. no makeup. I hadn’t really given it much thought in several years before being inspired by Jessica and Melissa Jenna last week.

    My brother got married 3 years ago, and I did wonder if I “should” wear makeup to his wedding because it was (a) a very special occasion, at which I would get some extra attention as the only sibling of the groom and would be making my first impression on my brother’s new in-laws, and (b) in Omaha. I had never been to Omaha, but it’s relatively near where I grew up (in a culture that believed all females over age 12 have a moral obligation to wear makeup) so I feared being judged a failure as a woman, or sort of rude or something, if I appeared bare-faced. My partner encouraged me to stand up to that fear. I was extra-diligent with my skin care for a week or so before the wedding, and I ended up deciding to powder my nose (I’ve been carrying that powder compact for years, for the mirror!), but I didn’t wear any other makeup. In the photos of the wedding, I think I look unusually pretty–and I didn’t hear, even second-hand, any comments about my not wearing makeup. That experience really strengthened me.

    The comments about wearing mascara to avoid looking tired postpartum made me laugh–one of the reasons I quit wearing mascara was that when I was more tired (blinking more often, I think) it rubbed off more, making the dark circles under my eyes worse!

    But I have dark eyelashes and eyebrows, so that makes it easier to resist the idea that I “need” mascara or eyebrow pencil–my facial features are naturally visible.

    • Anne says:

      ‘Becca, thanks for sharing the details of that story! “In the photos of the wedding, I think I look unusually pretty”–I love this!

      Also, thanks for pointing out that not every woman has the same experience with makeup. I’m laughing that mascara made you look even more tired postpartum, when it was the only thing that made me look awake! To each her own, I suppose 🙂

  8. Katie says:

    I usually wear makeup if I am going somewhere because my eyelashes are so light and I feel like my eyes get lost. So when I wear it I try to bring out my eyes more. I have gotten more lazy about putting it on if I am running a quick errand since my pregnancy when I did not feel like I had enough energy to put it on. My hubby says that I am beautiful without it on, so I guess it is more about me. I do feel better when I wear it.
    I put on a powder mineral foundation, eyeliner, blush (sometimes), mascara, and eyeshadow. Most of my makeup is Neutrogena, so I don’t spend a whole lot on my face products, but I get a really good skincare from Mannatech. All my makeup takes about 5 minutes to put on otherwise I would probably not mess with it too much.

  9. Anne says:

    ‘Becca, thanks for sharing the details of that story! “In the photos of the wedding, I think I look unusually pretty”–I love this!

    Also, thanks for pointing out that not every woman has the same experience with makeup. I’m laughing that mascara made you look even more tired postpartum, when it was the only thing that made me look awake! To each her own, I suppose 🙂

  10. Catherine says:

    Make-up everyday here too – very similar to your routine except that I throw in bare minerals foundation. It takes me 5 minutes to put on, and I feel put together and “dressed” for the day. Of course this is not heavy make up, but its enough for me. There’s such a huge spectrum on this – you say make up and some people think mascara and lip stick, while others think of those scary you tube make up tutorials that cake themselves in quarts a goo.

  11. Uylasti says:

    Hey, re makeup, do you have any ideas on how to create the cateye look with eye-liner? I have tried a few times but been not very successful unfortunately. Thankyou!

  12. seriously..... says:

    I believe women from the choices ‘almost always’ are the same as the ‘everyday’, as they both wear makeup most of the time they should be in the same catagory as “everyday wearers of makeup”

    Meaning the real majority is at 26 total and therefore the majority of women wear makeup daily.

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