10 Reasons to Break Up with Your Makeup Caitlin Fitzgibbons

Over the past month, there has been a trend to post no makeup selfies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This trend originally started as a cancer awareness campaign and since then, celebs and models have joined in (ahem–even though many of them are still wearing false eyelashes and liner in their photos.)

For some reason, people love to see celebs without their makeup. Meanwhile, many people choose not to wear makeup all the time. I don’t think it’s a big deal either way. I wear some sort of makeup most days of the week even though I don’t really know how to apply it. You know, I like makeup, I just don’t know if it likes me back. So what if makeup went away forever? GASP, I know, but it might not be all that bad. Here are your top 10 reasons to breakup with your makeup.

1. It’s expensive

Everytime I go to buy new makeup (even the cheap stuff) I end up spending between $40-75 dollars. With a makeup free face, I could do so many things with that money back in my pocket. Most cosmetics are so incredibly marked up in price. People tend to choose makeup based on the brand, even though chemically a $40 mascara may be the exact same has a $7 tube from the drugstore. You know what’s even better than $7 mascara? No mascara.

2. It would save time

In a makeup free world, you would get 6 minutes back in your morning routine, maybe even more if you’re the type who knows how to do a smokey eye, which I can only imagine can take 10 minutes alone per eye. That’s a lot of time. You could use that time to sleep more, eat a balanced breakfast, or do this 5 minute abs workout.

3. Mascara is annoying

It wouldn’t be so bad if it went away. It gets clumpy, pulls out your lashes, it runs down your face, it smudges at the last second just when you think you’re done doing your makeup, and when you stop being coordinated for just a second it gets in your eye–or maybe I’m the only one who has nearly stabbed myself with a mascara wand. Hopefully not.

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4. Just be yourself

Now, I’m not suggesting that you can’t be yourself wearing a bit of makeup. However, I think there is something nice about going au naturel for a bit- especially in the summer to let your skin breathe. All you need is a bit of SPF and a little glow from the sun or maybe a lot of glow if your skin is trying to recover from the polar vortexs this winter. The point is, we could all use at least a bit of a break.

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5. Less clean up

There is nothing worse than dropping bronzer or eyeshadow and having the makeup shatter into dust on your clothes, bathroom counter, or rug. If you put water on it, it stains right away and even trying to brush the makeup off dry can be unsuccessful. Not having makeup around would keep things neat- a little relief for that bit of Danny Tanner in us all.

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6. Forget the smokey eye

There are so many intimidating makeup applications. Michelle Phan makes it look so easy, but I still don’t get it. You know, I use to go to makeup counters at the mall and just tell people that I didn’t know how to do smokey eye. You’d be surprised the kind of reaction that got, I mean people honestly felt bad for me. So much so, that pretty soon they had done my entire face for free. In a makeup free world, there is no need to worry about applying eyeliner with a shaky hand.

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  1. Great list of excuses for people who don’t know how to put makeup on. Doing my makeup is not a chore. It’s relaxing ‘me’ time and makes me feel good. Don’t try to make me feel guilty about it.

    • Good for you. I guess you missed the point, though. There are people who likes putting make up on, and there are people who doesn’t, right? The article isn’t trying to convince you that is wrong to use make up, if you like it, you’ll keep doing it and it’s okay! I like reading, for example, and tough people might tell me it’s expensive to buy books, I won’t stop just because someone ‘made me feel guilty’.

  2. Great article!! The last Hunger Games one was my FAVORITE and just made my day ;) I wear a little foundation over spots, and mascara. MAYBE powder foundation if I’m feeling adventurous, eyeliner if it’s a fancy occasion. I still have no clue how to put on eyeshadow and blush. It takes me two minutes to get ready in the morning for makeup, if that. I like the natural or almost natural look. While everyone is allowed to make their own decision, I believe girls look their best with little to no makeup. I think doing intense makeup is just exhausting. I would way rather have that extra time to sleep in.

  3. This entire article screams, “I can’t do makeup!” I’m amazing at makeup, so I have a completely different view on the world of cosmetics. I think they’re fun and if makeup went away, loads of people would be out of jobs, and even more would be out of a hobby. I’m very passionate about it, and I don’t think this article was very well thought out. I agree with other commenters when they say that it’s up to the individual’s happiness and that no one should do anything to change themselves for anyone but themselves. People need to stop judging women on the amount of makeup they wear, especially if they wear a lot of it. If you don’t like makeup, don’t wear it, but don’t judge anyone else who does wear it or can apply it loads better than you. I know this was meant to be a fun, empowering little article, but it just came off as condescending and very misogynistic. I’m disappointed that something so harmful is being put out there to so many people, especially young girls who will see this and say, “makeup is bad and anyone who wears it is bad.”

    • Shelby- I’m so sorry if you thought this article was in any way condescending! While I may not be great at makeup- I do love it and have the utmost respect for men and women who make a living in various positions in the cosmetics industry. I was simply taking a look at the upsides of makeup going away forever. You’re absolutely right that there would be downsides too. Good news-I don’t think it’s going anywhere soon.

      Aside from the points that I made, I agree with other comments too that choosing to wear makeup (even if you’re good or bad at applying it) or not to wear makeup is a personal choice.

      • Yes, indeed. Makeup is a personal choice. :) i’d like to consider myself an artist; i love color and how makeup creates beautiful illusions. i like putting it on other people’s faces, i love ogling at beauty counters, always awed by the plethora of palettes and the millions of ways to enhance a person’s beauty. However, i don’t put much makeup myself. I come from a tropical country (hello from the Philippines!), and over here, the moment you step out of the house, your makeup melts–literally. So i agree with this article in many ways that makeup can be a hassle. i also break out a lot when i load up on the stuff, regardless of makeup brand, mainly because of pollution and my severe sweating (ew).. Generally, over here young people do away with makeup most days, mainly because of the weather– just a bit of powder and lip balm will do. Just because i don’t put on makeup much doesn’t mean i hate it, or think it’s bad.. :) This article doesn’t impose that “makeup is bad” at all, just a woman sharing her experience with it…

    • What I got out of the article was it was just trying to make other people who are also bad at makeup feel better about it. I suck at putting on eyeshadow, ect, and have had some people be confused about it. I didn’t think the article was bashing makeup-lovers. It was just letting the non-makeup-lovers or insecure people who feel like they have to wear makeup know that it’s ok to not wear makeup and love your natural look too :) There is nothing wrong with either decision

  4. If you like wearing make up good for you. If youre happy not wearing make up, good for you. Its up to the individual and people should just do what makes them happy, not feel coerced by trends or articles.

  5. I am a few months shy of 21, and I can count on one hand how many times I have worn makeup. It looks nice on some girls, but I prefer my natural look (I think a lot of women look better natural). I can’t stand the products on my face and I don’t feel pretty, I feel subconcious and insecure. Having to constantly check to make sure I didn’t mess it up in some way is tiresome and I constantly touch my face. Ladies should feel pretty without enhancements, because we are beautiful without them.

    • I feel exactly the same when I put make up on, but I really admire people who knows how to use it well. But even tough I feel better without make up or glam clothes, there are girls who feel pretty wearing them, and it’s okay. That’s being ‘natural’ too, I think, when you fell good with yourself being just you :)

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