I’ve enjoyed wearing makeup for as long as I can remember. And to a certain extent, I still do. I especially wear a completed makeup look when I go out with my husband or friends, or for special events. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I would rather keep my makeup simple on a day-to-day basis.
My decision to go for a more natural or basic makeup routine really didn’t have a lot to do with time or effort. I still believe in presenting myself well, and always try to look “put together,” whether I’m at home all day or out and about. However, I’ve come to prefer a fresh face over a heavily made up one. I’ve never wanted to look like I was wearing makeup; I rarely used eyeliner and preferred neutral eyeshadows to bold. But I’ve simple come to not like the look of a lot of makeup. Plus, for whatever reason, my skin is currently at it’s healthiest and I want to take advantage of not “needing” a ton of makeup.
I should also mention that while I’ve toned down my makeup, I’ve enjoyed adding more accessories to my outfits, these days. I’ve read that the more makeup you wear, the less accessories you should use, and vise versa. I found that to be a great tip to “edit” my final look!
Here is an example of a typical day’s “look,” makeup routine and all:
Let’s break it down, shall we?
This is a typical “work day” outfit for me. I like to still look polished and stylish even though I spend a lot of my time at home. However, outfits have to be functional and (most importantly), washable. Here I’ve paired a printed pair of capri leggings with a long tunic-style tank, layered on top of another long cami.
A little note about leggings. Ladies, try on your leggings before you buy them. So many are practically see through and nobody, I mean nobody needs to see that. And it doesn’t matter how tiny your tush is, wear a top that covers it. Leggings are meant to be worn as a layering piece, not as pants. I love this little Southern phrase, as it sums up my ideas on lady-like dressing: “You don’t have to always say what you know, or show what you have.” You pickin up what I’m puttin down? Good. Now moving on…
My makeup routine consists of a daily face wash, followed by an application of Witch Hazel (rose scented) as a toner. From there, I apply an under-eye cream to refresh my eyes and combat dark circles, lightly brush on a natural toned pressed powder, swipe on mascara (followed by a crimp with the eyelash curler), and finish with a few swipes of an eyebrow pencil. Done. Lipstick to follow if I’m heading out the door.
Like aforementioned, I amp up the accessories since my makeup is so basic. I always, always wear earrings, a necklace (or two), my watch, two rings and my Alex and Ani bracelets. The earrings and necklace change daily, the rest are pretty much my uniform. My final “accessory” that I don’t leave the house without is my perfume, Euphoria by Calvin Klein (or some Chanel if the occasion calls for it!)
I believe in the power of getting ready. Of no matter what your job title is, or what your day holds, of putting on nice clothes and washing your face and swiping on some lipstick. I believe in the energy and the confidence it gives you. I don’t believe you have to be fully made up or spend hours primping to “get ready.” And while I may have toned down my make up routine, I still make self care an important part of each day.
And there you have it! That’s me, in a nutshell. 🙂 What about you? Is your makeup routine basic, or involved? Do you like a lot of accessories, or would rather skip them altogether?