Embrace Your Face: Is Makeup Hobby or Hassle?

Okay, girls: so when did doing our makeup become such a chore? Seriously, it’s like pulling teeth some mornings as I muster up motivation to put on beauty products. And I LOVE makeup. Like, it’s a problem. So why is it that I, and so many other girls, turn our hobbies into hassles?

As far as makeup’s concerned, many of us only wear it because it’s the norm. We’re afraid of stepping out into the world bare-faced, braving the stares that scream, “did you really leave the house looking like that?!” And so we don’t.

In some ways, I think that makes us ladies resent putting on the proverbial face, at least the one accepted by society. Annoying, right? Who wants to wear makeup because that’s what we’re supposed to do? Where’s the fun in that?

I can’t have been the only little girl who begged to borrow her mom’s lipstick. I mean, as a kid, I loved the idea of makeup because it was daring, grown-up, and girly. I want to revisit that enthusiasm!

We women can accentuate our features without hiding behind a mask of makeup. Find confidence in that gorgeous face of yours before you pick up that blush brush! Once you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, then by all means, go all out or keep it subtle. Just be sure that if you’re wearing makeup, it’s on your own terms!

Here are a few tips on how to drop the monotony of makeup:

1. Beauty products shouldn’t substantiate your femininity; they should accentuate it! In other words, don’t bury yourself under five layers of foundation. We want to see those freckles, hun!

2. Be bold and take risks!! Rock a red lip if you want to. Wear purple eyeliner if you’re feelin’ it! What’s the point of wearing makeup if it doesn’t make you happy?!

3. Embrace your face! No matter what anyone says, beauty isn’t skin deep; it’s soul deep. So, if you find yourself surrounded by negative thoughts, jealousy, and self-degradation, just take a step back and breathe. Makeup is meant to be a hobby, not a hassle!

By the way, it’s more than okay to carry that little-girl-in-awe-starry-eyed-smiling-face with you into adulthood, especially in regards to makeup! Who’s to say your passion won’t inspire others to trade tedium for something truly worth writing (a blog post) about?

Sarah is a 21-year-old English major who spends most of her free time reading books and writing about them. She loves lipstick and literature, and sharing her thoughts on them over on her blog! You can follow her on Twitter @butsarahsays

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