Minimalism has appealed to me since I looked into it 3 months ago – I will be writing a Blog Post separately about my journey so far – I like the idea of cutting down on the unnecessary crap I have in my life that I don’t need nor get anything from.
For me, Minimalism isn’t just about throwing everything away and living in a half empty house with a mattress and a coffee table, it’s about only keeping the things that I get value from, books, I have a lot of books and while I might throw away those that I don’t read or enjoy so much anymore, I don’t want a bunch of plain white walls just as much as I don’t want to throw away my favourite books! Anyway, today I am talking about minimalism in makeup.
I have never been one to shy away from makeup, I have always loved experimenting, at the age of 9 if I was wearing pink shoe laces you can bet I was wearing pink eye shadow! I moved on from that stage quickly (thank God). Throughout the almost 5 years I have been suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome makeup was a God send, due the fact that I am ill… I look… ill without makeup, pale face, huge bags under my eyes, it’s not pretty, I thought I needed to cover up!
|This is me without makeup on a day where I managed to leave the house… The
picture honestly doesn’t do it justice… 😬
I would apply a LOT of makeup -daily. For some people this is normal and thats fine, I don’t suddenly think that wearing a lot of make up is bad – I just want to throw that disclaimer out there.
Here’s some photos with the amount of makeup I USED to wear:
I read something – probably on Facebook – that said “Wear no makeup so you shock people when you wear it, not when you take it off” this struck something in me, not because I wanted to impress anyone or because I feel the need to wear makeup for anyone but me, the reason it struck something in me was because I wore makeup due to my own insecurities, yet I constantly ‘preach’ about not caring what anyone thinks, you’re the important one, but the reason I was wearing makeup was because I was embarrassed about looking ill.
Well, unfortunately I am ill, which means there will inevitably be times when I look ill, I understand that everyone has their off days when they don’t feel their best but this wasn’t helped my coating my face and presenting myself as someone who really didn’t look like me.
So… what does this have to do with Minimalism? You might be wondering…
Well, during the time that I was starting the process to brave wearing less makeup and feeling good about it, I was also looking into minimalism and two things happened simultaneously.
- I received more compliments about the way I looked whilst wearing less makeup then I ever had whilst wearing more.
- I totally cleaned out my closet and stripped it down to the basics as well as limiting what I bought in shops to make sure I didn’t just fill up the new space again.