Having read recently that 70% of women visit a beauty salon before going on holidays and even just perusing magazines with all sorts of lipsticks, eye-shadows and goodness knows what, I suspect that I belong to a tiny minority who never, ever wear make-up of any description.
Maybe, I’ll get cracking on it one of these days and shock the living daylights and nightlights out of all who know me!
For now, though, it’s the ‘natural look’ for me in keeping with the seashore which has an amazing capacity to throw up colourful surprises everyday.
So, tell me how you are about make-up? Are you someone who feels undressed without it or over-dressed with it? Needless to say, I’d love men’s opinions on this subject too!
24 thoughts on “The Natural Look”
Jean, you’ve inspired me. Sometimes, a simple question deserves a complicated answer.
And what a brilliant answer, Van. A great post full of wit and wisdom.
I like a hint of make up, mascara, a light foundation and that is it for me . Sometimes if I have to posh up I will use a black eye liner and blue, pink or gold eye shadow! 🙂 I know natural is best but even nature can accept a little help!
Willow, love the turn of phrase ‘to posh up.’ Oh I’m not saying natural is best, just that it’s where I’ve been thus far!
For work: concealer, blusher and lipstick. For weekends/hols – bare, unless “going somewhere” and then the same as work!
See, I don’t even know what concealer is!! I’ve got a lot to learn but never too late or so they say.
I wear no make up, as a teenager I sometimes wore lipstick but it made my lips feel dry, so I like the natural look and so does my husband 🙂
CT, looks like we’re kindred spirits on this anyway! I must ask hubby what he thinks …
I wear it very very occasionally and only if I want to… am a bit shocked at the amount of women who feel they ‘have’ to put in on every day. What a drag!Whither goest thou feminism!I’d never get out of bed in time!I saw a thread on FaceBook recently, a friend looking to change brands and asking advice and the amount of women who described what they smeared on their face made me feel like an alien~a happy alien. Mascara and lippy are fun and easy on nights out. The rare time I wear anything on my skin I use a light dusting of powder made of crushed stones or minerals or some palaver(sounded natural to me) which evens out the skin and gives it a bit of a glow…anything else would make me feel like I’m suffocating…total investment along with a moisturizer is very approximately about €40 over a year….the powder lasts me years!
…and the other thing I have always wondered…besides where the hell everyone gets the money for beauty products…is if men really prefer kissing a face full of product.Yuck. But maybe they don’t care about the kissin’!…
Men don’t care for it as much as they put up with it, Mermaids Purse. But if a person feels better with a bit of blush, paint or powder, who am I to judge? I’d imagine it would take a massive amount of it to make me look pretty, even if I cared to have such a look. So, rock on chilluns, rock on!
Thanks for starting the ball rolling on this, Van!
Good point about the money and I guess we’ll just have to ask a sample of men!
Clare, it seemed like you were a ‘natural’ and then I see ‘powder’ floating around. Like the idea of the crushed stones and minerals though!
…anyway you see me all the time. Do I look like a painted dolly? 🙂
Very rarely wear it, certainly not in everyday life – maybe once in a while for a special occasion. Once, I was a punk and wore huge amounts of dramatic make up, so maybe I got it out of my system then 🙂
Andrea, your punk phase sounds very interesting in lots of respects but would seem related to your make-up ‘regime’ now. Does wearing it now remind you of those dramatic days?
I wore the bare minimum when I was working. I’m a little stunned to see how much some women wear. To me, if subtly done it can look great on other people, but I feel weird wearing it. Here’s a suggestion for your next subject: hair color. (remember “does she or doesn’t she?” — I remember, and I don’t)
Thanks for writing and for the great suggestion. The “does she or doesn’t she?” doesn’t ring any bells with me here in Ireland. Was it an ad?
I never wear very much make-up, and I definitely don’t worry about beauty routines when I’m vacation.
Thanks for responding Sheryl. Even the term ‘beauty routine’ has me sort of quivering!
I wonder about your grandmother 100 years ago? I don’t remember seeing about make-up in her great diary.
I go without a lot too, perhaps its the seashore angle betwixt us. Nothing feels more made up than a fine layer of salt on the skin 😉
I wear a little mascara and a subtle lip gloss for work, but on the weekends and vacations or camping, it’s the natural look, too! 🙂