I’m so fortunate to work in a field where whether I choose to wear make up or not doesn’t seem to play into my career success. This isn’t something that one can take for granted. There are still a lot of careers, especially ones involving interacting with the public, where there is a double standard about what constitutes acceptable grooming for men and for women. So in spite of my magnificent collection of face paints, I make an effort to go to work with an unmade up face every once in a while.
All right, I confess. I strongly believe that women shouldn’t have to wear make up to be perceived as professional. But even on no-make up days, I usually can’t resist wearing just one teeny little product.
I am self-conscious about a couple of skin blemishes, so I do tend to dab on the smallest amount of Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer. But other than that, I like my skin, and I like how I look. Without blush or highlighter, how I look is vaguely monochromatic. But my nose is still stately and my eyes are still expressive behind those crazy coke-bottle lenses.
As an aside, I went to work with “no” make up on yesterday, and lasted all of five minutes before I borrowed Lunachat’s new drugstore find. Wait until you see this lip color! My lipstick habit is ingrained enough that mentally, I don’t even count it as make up.
Wearing little or no make up once in a while primes me to examine my daily habits more consciously. As it turns out, while I tend to think that I don’t do very much, and I don’t really spend more than ten or fifteen minutes on my look on most work days, I do use rather a number of products!
Here we have my full routine: BB creme, concealer, blush/bronzer, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadows, eye liner, and a couple of choices of finishing powder. Often I blend the finishing powders or use them on different parts of my face. Mascara doesn’t make the cut. I don’t worry about it all the time if I’m going to be wearing my glasses, and I have it in my handbag if I want to apply it after I’m out the door. I do use between two and six shadows for any given look, and anywhere up to three different liners.
When I’ve put on my full face, I feel like some aspects of my personality that are very important to me are enhanced. I’m a dramatic, creative person, and how I look is a part of what I create in the world. I love playing with the different emotional resonances that can be achieved by making my eyes wider, or more sultry, or by adding the swooping line of a cat’s eye. With a little attention to fashion history, I can play with period, and steal some fire from the screen goddesses.
It’s great to have choices! How about you? Do you switch between barefaced and made up? Is there a product you just never leave the house without?Tweet