When I heard about Alicia Keys’s “no makeup movement,” I thought how convenient. Now that proactive has cleared her skin, she’s “empowered” by inner beauty or whatever. Some may think I’m hating and well… I am.
Although I’ve used makeup in some form most of my life, I didn’t start wearing foundation until my mid to late twenties due to a second round of teenage acne. I was trying to hide pimples and the associated dark marks. A few years later, my skin cleared but I was too far gone. I was addicted to makeup.
Maybe the last year or so, I started thinking about leading a minimum makeup life. Note: Minimum is the key word. However, I now have new dark marks as a result of trying to remove my beard. I’ve been told it’s not that visible but I’m super self conscious about it. But you know what? The summer heat has been completely melting my makeup and I know it would make sense for me to wear matte foundation (although I use mattifying moisturizer, primer, pressed power and finishing spray) but like I mentioned in Faux Product Review 22: Total Cover Cream Foundation, it wasn’t the perfect match.
In the last 3 weeks, I’ve worn foundation once. My new routine consists of priming (as usual), licking and sticking my eyebrows, eyeliner, nude lips and finishing spray. I wear my hair down so I can hide those aforementioned dark marks.
And, there have been advantages:
- Surprisingly, I’ve seen an improvement in my skin. Likely because I don’t really have anything clogging my pores.
- I really enjoy not having to carry a bag of products to touch up my makeup.
- No foundation melting off and forming a puddle at my feet.
Foundation will always have a special place in my heart but I think I’m going to ride this summer out bare. Semi-bare of course.
Shout-out to everyone who’s been doing it before Alicia Keys deemed it a “movement.”
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